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Artist in Residence #1 September 26-29, 2022

Be the Change you Want to See with Christine Mackenzie

Christine Mackenzie of the Kwakiutl Nation is a First Nations Artist and Facilitator. Her mother was born in Bella Coola, BC, and is a part of the Eagle Clan. Her mother was a part of the Sixties Scoop and because of that Christine had a hard time trying to find her culture and identity, but through resilience and training she found a way back to her Indigenous roots. Christine works with traditional/contemporary design and in multiple mediums.

Christine was mentored by Anastasia Henry, Haida elder, artist and facilitator. Christine now helps others on their journey with self-identity, indigenous culture, artwork, protocols, truth and reconciliation. Christine speaks only to her life experience to inform her teachings and supports others to facilitate empathy when working with or learning about Indigenous culture. Visit her website to see more of her work.

Workshop Description

We are all at different points of our journey regarding Indigenous history and are learning about current issues that many communities still face. Whether it be from a space of healing or understanding, we can benefit from coming together with other members of our community to expand our knowledge. During this workshop, you’ll learn from First Nations Artist and facilitator Christine Mackenzie in an uplifting environment and help create a mural of a butterfly’s life cycle that will be on display. Participants will be able to choose which stage of the life cycle they would like to colour and what medium they would like to use. The butterfly represents change and growth which reflects the journey of Truth and Reconciliation.

Artist in Residence #2 November 20 – December 2, 2022

Community Engaged Art Project with Mariana Frochtengarten

I am a textile artist and art teacher, with almost thirty years of a career dedicated to the resist dyeing methods of Batik and Shibori, and the universe of fibres. I have practised Batik on fabric and on paper for 17 consecutive years and the other years were mostly dedicated to Shibori. In the last few years, I have been also fascinated by the world of stamping and printing, which I love to combine with dyed surfaces. I have a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Education, a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts/Textiles and a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. I combine all my studies and work experiences in my teachings, transferring my knowledge while fostering students’ creativity, imagination, and their search for individual languages. I have worked with people of all ages and backgrounds as a mixed-media art teacher and as a textile art teacher, offering short and long programs in a variety of settings and class formats. I love leading community projects and facilitating collective artwork, helping people to connect through art and the unique qualities of textiles.

Workshop Description

This workshop will help build our community-engaged art project called Weaving Stories Together in celebration of our 50th anniversary! The project will embody our 50th-anniversary mission to celebrate Place des Arts voices through creative connection, storytelling and joy. Contribute to this art project by taking part in a free, fun, all-ages art activity at Place des Arts. This is a textile-based project that aims to bring the community together.  Participants will connect and interact through textile art as they add personal stories, hopes and dreams to the piece. As unique and diverse lives intersect, the story changes; it becomes richer and as a community, we grow stronger.

Artist in Residence #3 February 13-17, 2023

Introduction to Drama with Kymme Patrick

Kymme Patrick is an award-winning actor, a playwright, a director and a teacher. She graduated from the American Academy of Performing Arts in Pasadena, California and has toured with professional theatre companies such as The Green Thumb Players and Playhouse Theatre. While in Toronto, Kymme worked and performed in theatre, film and commercials. She also founded her own casting agency and a children’s theatre company.  She created TheatreWorks Centre For Performing Arts to provide quality theatre programs for youth and she has been instrumental in using theatre as an educational tool with schools and organizations in the Comox Valley. These have become valued for the positive skill development and personal growth students experience in the original and creative shows mounted each summer. In 2015 Kymme was presented with Theatre BC’s Donna Lamb Award for her outstanding work with youth and contributions to the development of community theatre on Vancouver Island.

Workshop Description

This high-energy workshop is a fun, group-friendly introduction to the world of drama. Incorporating theatre games and activities designed for both the bold and shy student in mind. Using story theatre techniques, improvisation and movement, students will use their imagination, practice their communication skills and build their confidence. Instructor Kymme Patrick establishes a safe environment with the use of humour and inclusivity. Laughter creates connection and takes the pressure off the need to be correct. Students will learn to have fun with spontaneity, without judgement allowing everyone to be open to learning.

Artist in Residence #4 May 1-5, 2023 

Flamenco with Maria Avila

Maria Avila is an established independent dancer, singer, choreographer, and teacher. Her past achievements include being awarded a mentorship to study with Myriam Allard (Montreal), receiving professional development grants to study in Spain, as well as performing in the Coetaní Experimental Flamenco Festival in Athens, Greece. In 2015 she launched Maria Avila Flamenco dance school, and she completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance at York University in 2020. Maria received the Vancouver International Dance Festival Choreographic Award in 2021.

Workshop Description

In this fun and dynamic workshop you will be introduced to the fundamentals of flamenco dancing. Techniques explored include basic steps, body percussion, arm work, floreo (hand work), zapateado (footwork), palmas (clapping), voice and musicality. Come experience flamenco, an art form that develops fitness, coordination and self expression through dance.



Thanks to the Beedie Group for helping us provide accessible opportunities for local children to experience the arts by supporting our Artist in Residence Program.

Thank you to the City of Coquitlam for continually supporting Place des Arts.


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