Place des Arts! Home to our arts community.

Founded in 1972, Place des Arts is a not-for-profit arts education centre with a mission to inspire the artist in everyone. Located in the historic Maillardville neighbourhood of Coquitlam, we offer quality instruction for all ages and skill levels in the visual, literary and performing arts.

All classes and lessons are taught by highly skilled working professionals who take pride in ensuring all students receive personalized attention. Class sizes are based on the needs of the content, while maintaining a low teacher-to-student ratio.

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.

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Our Vision

Place des Arts is a thriving cultural centre and a highly valued leader in arts education.

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 Values

  • RESPECT: We care
  • QUALITY: We deliver
  • COMMITMENT: We fully engage
  • CREATIVITY: We imagine

Our Services

  • Quality programs in visual arts, music, drama, dance and movement
  • Specialized programming for school students and home learners
  • Community 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 not-for-profit society in 1972 located in Ryan House, a turn-of-the-century home built for the manager of the Fraser Mills lumber mill. In 1996, Place des Arts expanded into 18,000 square feet. Even with this large expansion, the homey feel remains.

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.

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