Registration for 2012/13 fall, winter and spring sessions begins July 6, 2012 and continues throughout the year.
Registration for September-June 2012/13 ongoing music, dance and theatre classes opens to new students on June 17, 2012.
Registration for all ongoing classes and music lessons (September – June), including those held at off-site studios at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, must be done in person at Place des Arts’ reception/registration desk. Registration for sessional classes (fall, winter, spring), including classes held in off-site studios at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, may be done by phone at 604.664.1636, online here or in person at Place des Arts.
Registration for private lessons in music, dance and visual arts must be done in person at Place des Arts.
We require all new clients to contact our registration desk to create and activate an account and receive an online registration access code. You may contact the registration desk in the following ways:
Please include the following in your email:
As Place des Arts is a non-profit organization, we must charge registration fees to help offset administration costs such as banking fees and registration and administrative staffing.
Registration for sessional courses is on a first-come, first served basis. You can register for sessional classes beginning in late June or early July and at any time thereafter. Help ensure that programs will go ahead by registering early.
Registration for ongoing private and group lessons (Sept-Jun) must be done in person. Registration for continuing clients for the following September takes place in late May and early June. Registration dates will be emailed to current clients in early May. Registration for new ongoing students begins in late June for the following September. Providing there is space, private music lessons can be arranged at any time through the reception desk.
Registration for our Summer Fun! Art Camps generally begins in late April.
Please see our policies on refunds, transfers and withdrawals.
Late registration is accepted at the discretion of the teacher and where space is available. Please inquire at the reception/registration desk.
Our classes are programmed based on the developmental abilities of each age group. By adhering to set age groups, we ensure a quality experience for all students in the class.
In keeping our class maximums small, we can ensure a high quality of learning and provide students with individualized teacher attention.
If there is insufficient registration at least two working days prior to the start of a course, it may be cancelled. If Place des Arts cancels a class for any reason, full refunds will be given. Help ensure that programs go ahead by registering early. We recommend that supplies for classes not be purchased until a few days before the course start date to avoid unnecessary expenditures if the class is cancelled.
Sessional classes run in three sessions: fall, winter and spring. Ongoing classes run continuously from September to June. Sessional registration may be done online here; by phone at 604.664.1636 or in person at Place des Arts. Ongoing registration, including private music lessons, must be done in person through the registration desk at Place des Arts.
Most visual arts and literary arts classes are sessional classes. Generally these progress over the three sessions, allowing students to build upon the skills they learn. However, students may register for sessional classes in the fall, winter or spring.
In music, dance and theatre arts, sessional classes generally introduce students to the discipline and prepare them for entry into the ongoing programs. Ongoing program placement, especially for dance, is based on teacher recommendation. Please ask the reception/registration staff to help you decide which class is right for you or your child. If you have more specific questions, you are always free to contact the appropriate program coordinator.
If the class appears in the Place des Arts Program Guide, registration must be done through Place des Arts. Sessional classes (fall, winter, spring) may be done by phone at (604) 664-1636, online , or in person at Place des Arts. Registration for all ongoing classes, including those that take place at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, must be done in person at Place des Arts.
Our teachers offer a range of different teaching styles as well as instruments to study. Many of our teachers offer trial lessons and/or would be happy to speak with you in advance of your first lesson to help you decide which instrument is right for you.
If a student misses a lesson the teacher is not required to offer a makeup lesson nor will a credit be given. Some teachers may offer makeup lessons but it is at their own discretion.
When a teacher misses a lesson they will either offer an alternate time for a makeup lesson or Place des Arts will issue a credit for the missed lesson.
Many of our teachers encourage their students to enter exams and festivals but not all. It is up to the individual teacher. If you would like to study with a teacher that does this, the front desk keeps information on which teachers participate in festivals and exams. It is also important to discuss your expectation with your teacher at your first lesson.
When registering, please let us know of any dance experience your child has had and we will do our best to register your child in the best-fit level. Your teacher will also assess your child during the first one to two classes and determine if the class is the right fit for your child.
Dance festivals or competitions are annual adjudicated competitions held throughout the Lower Mainland that take place from March to May.
Most ongoing classes participate in dance festivals; however, participation is based on teacher’s discretion once classes start in the fall. Sessional dance classes do not participate in dance festivals.
Most, if not all, ongoing dance classes at Place des Arts perform in the year-end dance recital; your dance teacher will confirm whether or not your child’s class will perform. Sessional dance classes do not participate in the year-end dance recital.
Find out how to exhibit at Place des Arts here.
Find out how to submit works to sell in our Artisan Shop here.
You may view our teacher bios here. You may also request to see a teacher’s résumé from our reception/registration desk. For private music lessons, many of our teachers offer trial lessons and/or would be happy to speak with you in advance of your first lesson. Or you can always drop by one of our annual open houses in September to view our facilities and find out more about Place des Arts’ programs.
Please leave a note with the front desk with your contact information and we will have your teacher contact you at his/her earliest convenience.
Place des Arts does from time to time offer classes in French; however, most of our classes are in English. Please see our Annual Program Guide for class details. If you are interested in French language courses in Maillardville, please contact Place Maillardville or the Société Francophone de Maillardville.
Place des Arts facilities are available for rental when not in use by our programs and events, both during and outside of regular operating hours. Our modern facility in a heritage setting offers spaces for a range of activities from meetings, to rehearsals, to concerts. Reduced rates are available for registered non-profit groups. For more information or to book, please call 604.664.1636 ext. 31 or email email@example.com. Visit our Facility & Rentals page to find out more.
Yes. Please call 604.664.1636 in advance to book a tour of the facility.
For complete tours of Carré Heritage Square, please contact Mackin Museum at 604.516.6151.
Find out how to volunteer at Place des Arts here.
Some courses, especially for younger children, require parent involvement. Some teachers don’t mind if parents sit in on lessons. You should check with your child’s teacher and also know what works best for your child.
All classes are closed to parents so teachers and students can retain their focus without distraction. At some time during the year or session, the teacher may invite parents and family into the classroom/studio to watch the class in session. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Place des Arts’ Annual Program Guide (fall – spring and summer) is available online and is distributed widely throughout the Tri-Cities community including at libraries and rec centres. You may also pick up a copy in person at Place des Arts.
The Annual Program Guide (Sept – Jun) is available to the public at the beginning of the previous July. The Summer Guide is released the previous spring break.
Check our website regularly in the What’s On section or sign-up for our e-newsletter. Our e-newsletter features the latest goings-on at Place des Arts and offers interviews, sneak peaks at events and much more.
You may email firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea. You may also contact the appropriate program coordinator at (604) 664-1636. Or leave a message at the reception/registration desk. If you are interested in teaching at Place des Arts, please have a look at our jobs section.
Place des Arts has a stable scholarship and bursary awards program to assist students with their arts education at Place des Arts.
Over the course of a year, Place des Arts pottery students go through about 17,000 lbs of clay!
We inspire the artist in everyone.