Find out more about our 2024/2025 programs, events, exhibitions, fundraising initiatives and more! View the Program Guide

Artist in Residence Workshops for School Children

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 art practices.

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

Our Artist in Residence 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

view our 2023/2024 workshops

view our 2022/2023 workshops

View our 2019/2020 workshops

view our 2018/2019 workshops

School Resources

Honey Files

Our Coquitlam Youth Theatre Company identified and explored emergent issues relating to emotional and physical well-being facing young people today. Together they developed, wrote and performed The Honey Files, a series of monologues that explore topics such as mental health, technology and peer support. These short films encourage peer-to-peer learning and connection.

Find out More Here

Belonging: Reflections through the Eyes of the Ugly Duckling

In 2021, Place des Arts created a free, all-ages, online event to celebrate Coquitlam’s diversity and contribute to the discussion around the importance of belonging.

Director Susan Bertoia adapted Hans Christensen Andersen’s classic and universal fairy tale The Ugly Duckling. This story is a unique autobiographical tale of Andersen’s early life and hardship with fitting into the “right” society. Many children and adults can associate with the Duckling character as someone who is teased or does not know where they belong. Everyone needs to find a way to feel they fit in, whether it’s with family, friends, community or yourself.

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Easy Art Activities

We have created a few videos of easy art activities.

View the playlist here

Did you know about 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.

To find out more about Art à la Carte opportunities, please email our Fine & Performing Arts Programmer, Marley Jordan |


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