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Call for Community Engagement Artists for Coquitlam 125 Celebrations

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 10, 2015 – Coquitlam is looking for artists in four artistic disciplines to act as creators, facilitators and collaborators to engage the public for the Coquitlam 125 celebrations and to tell our community’s stories.
The City is looking for theatre, visual, literary and media artists to activate the Coquitlam 125 celebrations. These artists will have innovative, creative ideas as well as specific experience with community engagement, leading groups and facilitating workshops. This call is open to artists who reside in British Columbia, preferably in the Lower Mainland.


The theatre artists (directors and play builders) will hold community workshops to develop scripts and wardrobes for vignettes based on historic moments and/or characters from Coquitlam’s past. The artists will work with local theatre companies, other Coquitlam 125 artists, community groups and other volunteer actors to develop and animate these characters and vignettes at a variety of Coquitlam 125 events.


The visual artists will engage the community to be co-creators of temporary or permanent community public art pieces reflective of our heritage and/or present identity. The artists will develop a concept; collaborate with other artists, community groups and volunteers; and facilitate an engagement process to encourage participation by event attendees.


The literary artists will contribute to the promotion of Coquitlam 125, attending a variety of events throughout the year to facilitate discussions and record stories to share on a blog. An official Coquitlam 125 blogger will work with other local volunteer writers who will contribute to the blog on a regular basis, bringing a broad range of perspectives and stories.


The media artists will use photography and film to record the activities during Coquitlam 125. The emphasis will be on telling the stories of Coquitlam’s past, present and future through the eyes of our residents. Footage will also be captured at video booths installed at events throughout the year. Selected stories will be edited into a short film or a series of short films to be screened at the final Coquitlam 125 event.

For more information, interested artists can view RFEI No. 15-02-04 – Coquitlam 125 Community Engagement Artists at coquitlam.ca/bidopportunities.

About Coquitlam 125

In 2016, Coquitlam will celebrate its 125th anniversary in a year-long celebration that honours the community’s rich history and sets the stage for a dynamic future.

Incorporated on July 25, 1891, Coquitlam was a small agricultural community.  At the time of incorporation, a state-of-the-art lumber mill – later known as Fraser Mills – was under construction on the north bank of the Fraser River. In the early 1900s, French Canadians settled in the area and established Maillardville, the largest Francophone centre west of the Rockies. Today, Coquitlam is home to more than 140,000 people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The community also benefits from over 6,200 businesses who contribute to local employment and Coquitlam’s prosperity.

Leading the celebrations is the community-based Coquitlam 125th Anniversary Steering Task Force (CAST Force). Guided by the Coquitlam 125 Vision – Stories told, stories to be created – the CAST Force will fulfill their mission to engage the community through meaningful experiences that celebrate our heritage, create strong connections, and inspire lasting legacies towards an exciting future.

Help Make History!

Volunteer for Coquitlam 125 and be part of the City’s milestone celebration. Join a Coquitlam 125 working group and help plan an event, assist at the Kick-off Event or Arts and Cultural Festival, or decorate and participate at community block parties! There are many opportunities for you to share your expertise and enthusiasm to showcase the best of Coquitlam.

To find out more about our volunteer opportunities, visit coquitlam125.ca, or contact 604-927-6922 or volunteers@coquitlam.ca.

For more information, visit coquitlam125.ca. Or stay connected by following the City of Coquitlam on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. #coquitlam125


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Media contacts:

Joan McCauley
CAST Force

Lynda Baker
Community Events Coordinator
City of Coquitlam