About Place des Arts

Founded in 1972, Place des Arts is an established non-profit arts centre and music school located at Carré Heritage Square in the historic Maillardville neighbourhood of Coquitlam. We offer high quality arts education for all ages and abilities. Our private music lessons and group classes in the visual and performing arts inspire the artist in everyone. Our Artisan Shop and galleries support local emerging artists, and our events and performances make us a cultural hub, drawing together diverse members of the community to experience the arts.

View our 2015 Annual Report here

Watch this video to see some of our talented students and learn more about who we are and what we do!

Our Mission

Place des Arts inspires the artist in everyone through our superior learning programs and cultural experiences, our talented people and our warm, welcoming environment.

Our Core Values

  • Provide quality cultural learning experiences
  • Deliver affordable, accessible programming in all artistic disciplines
  • Offer first-rate customer service
  • Preserve and celebrate the culture and history of Maillardville

Our Core Services

  • Innovative programs in visual arts, music, drama, dance and movement
  • Specialized programming for school students and home learners
  • Special events, concerts, exhibitions and artisan shop featuring the work of local artists and artisans
  • Community venue and resource centre for local arts groups

Our History

Recognizable by its striking mansard rooflines, Place des Arts began as a non-profit society in 1972 located in Ryan House, a turn-of-the-century residence built for the manager of the Fraser Mills lumber mill. In 1996, this community arts centre and music school expanded into 18,000 square feet.

Carré Heritage Square

Carré Heritage Square marks the historic entrance to the Fraser Mills, once the largest lumber mill in the British Empire. Comprised of Place des Arts, Mackin House Museum, and the Gare de Fraser Mills Station Museum, Carré Heritage Square also features mill artifacts, historic gardens and an outdoor amphitheatre. Opened in September 1999, Carré Heritage Square blends the community’s unique history with its evolving future as a centre for arts and culture. For more information about the history of Maillardville visit the Coquitlam Heritage Society's website.

  • An artist says . . .

    Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. 

    ~Leonardo da Vinci

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