We make it easy for everyone to explore their creativity!  Through a variety of innovative and accessible programs, we reach those who may not otherwise have access to the arts.

Due to COVID-19, some of these programs have been put on hold. 

Creative heARTs Program

During the early days of COVID, we learned that the pandemic disproportionately affected marginalized populations, in particular, newcomers may be vulnerable to the psychological impacts of social distancing; missing their home country and the friends and family they left behind while having limited opportunities to make new connections.

As a result, Place des Arts launched our Creative HeARTs program, in collaboration with SHARE Family and Community Services and other local social service organizations. This program provides free, in-person art workshops facilitated by local artists for newcomer and marginalized families to safely engage with the arts.

This program aligns with Place des Arts mission to inspire the artist in everyone and our objective to provide quality, accessible and affordable programs. We want all to feel welcome and safe in our community.

Thank you to our supporters past and present:


Artist-in-Residence Program

Place des Arts launched our Artist-in-Residence Program in 2014 with the objective of providing no-cost workshops for local school children to learn through the exploration of various arts practices.

Thanks, in part, to ongoing funding from the City of Coquitlam, each season, Place des Arts engages several professional artists as artist in residence to lead free workshops at our centre, primarily for local elementary and middle-school field-trip groups.

Our Artist-in-Residence Program is the only free program of its kind that is targeted specifically to underserved schools in Maillardville.

Each residency includes 10 interactive workshops that provide a rare opportunity for the students to engage with, and learn from, highly regarded professional artists working in a variety of disciplines.

Testimonials for our Artist in Residence Program

“You don’t understand how this program enriches the lives of our students.”
Charity Hide, teacher at Alderson Elementary

“Thanks for these residency programs. They are wonderful for our school population which so needs these enrichment activities but can’t afford them.”
Janet Lau, teacher at Alderson Elementary

Find out more about our Artist-in-Residence Program.


ArtReach is a community-supported summer camp program providing in-need elementary students an opportunity to explore their creativity and participate in a variety of artistic disciplines. The program is offered to selected students from School District 43 who face socio/economic barriers to arts education and who would not otherwise be able to attend our regular summer art camp program.

Art Reach is fully subsidized and offered at no cost to participants. Students are recommended to the program by the principals and teachers of local elementary schools.

Testimonial for our ArtReach Program

“Our child has ADHD combined and FASD, and most of the time she cannot recall her day, or yesterday, let alone last week or month. I asked her last week what was her favourite part of the art camp and she thought for about 30 seconds and said, ‘oh yes, musical theatre’. I wanted to share this, as I hope opportunities like what we have been given continue not just for us, but for many others like us. We are a family of 5 children; not only is it financially difficult it is also daunting with the diagnosis that they have to find inclusive programming that is so vital for our kids’ development.”


Art à la Carte

Art à la Carte is Place des Arts’ after-school program held in local elementary and middle schools. The program features classes in the visual and performing arts and provides arts education opportunities for children who may be unable to attend programs at Place des Arts.

Summer Theatre Troupe Production

Place des Arts Summer Theatre Troupe provides training and performance opportunities to emerging theatre artists each summer. Over the course of several weeks, the troupe works with a professional theatre director and production team to produce a play or musical. They then hit the road and perform the show for free to the public in local parks and for a week-long engagement at Coquitlam Town Centre Park Plaza amphitheatre.

Coquitlam Youth Theatre Company School Tours

Place des Arts’ Coquitlam Youth Theatre (CYT) is a by-audition, performance-based training company made up of emerging theatre artists between the ages of 10 and 17.

Each season, the company presents free performances at local elementary and middle schools in a week-long tour, giving school students an opportunity to experience live theatre, often for the first time.

Participation in Community Events

Place des Arts participates in a variety of community events, where we offer fun, free art activities to engage event-goers. Some of the community events we participate in include:

  • Coquitlam Canada Day
  • Kaleidoscope Festival
  • Coquitlam Neighbourhood Nights
  • Lights at Lafarge
  • Austin Heights Daisy Day

Scholarships, Bursaries and Subsidies

Place des Arts awards annual scholarships and bursaries to help students in their pursuit of excellence in the visual, literary and performing arts. Scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of artistic excellence and achievement or for overcoming a challenge. Bursaries are awarded based on financial need. Read more about the scholarships Place des Arts has available to registered students each year.

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