Place des Arts' 40th Anniversary
Help us celebrate 40 years of excellence in arts education! Check back frequently for more information about exciting events and opportunities to engage with us.
Social Fabric Project
As part of our anniversary
festivities, we invite our community to participate in an inspiring
collaborative community project, The Social Fabric Project. The result
of our efforts will be a commemorative hand-woven tapestry that will
remain at Place des Arts, reminding us that we are ultimately one
family, united by a common thread.
Everyone with a connection to
Place des Arts or the surrounding community can join in and bring
something special to weave into the tapestry. A loom is now set up at Place des
Arts for the 40 weeks of our sessional classes, available to anyone who
would like to add their own “thread” to the design.
Any and all
threads or strings are welcome; however, we encourage you to choose
something that carries special meaning: ribbons from baby booties, a
favourite shoe lace, even fishing line, guitar strings or audio tapes —
anything that can be woven into a tapestry.
Just as many people
make up our community, many threads make up one cloth. If everyone adds
just a little, together we will create a magnificent whole to celebrate
the lively culture of Maillardville and Place des Arts’ 40-year presence
Public weaving sessions will be held during Family Day at PdA and Exhibitions Opening Receptions.
Community Banner Project
To kick off the 2012/13 40th anniversary season, we invited the community to participate in a banner project to create vibrant new banners for the Carré Heritage Square site.
Thanks to a $3000.00 grant from the Coquitlam Foundation, Place des Arts engaged experienced local artist and Place des Arts teacher Joy Kirkwood to design the banners and lead a series of community engagements. Joy came up with a variety of stunning designs that incorporate local history and culture with native flora and
fauna to reflect the flavour of the community and enhance the aesthetic
appeal of Carré Heritage Square.
Thanks to all the members of our community who provided feedback on design and helped paint the banners; they are now finished and are on display on the lamp-post standards around Carré Heritage Square. Drop by and take a look!
View photos of the community banner project in process here.