Queen’s Academy of the Arts

Queen’s Academy of the Arts is a musical theatre program that helps kids develop vital life skills through fun performing arts classes. Operating throughout Burnaby and Coquitlam, they offer after-school programs, weekly classes, music lessons, and spring/summer camps. From cultivating confidence and teamwork to social skills and empathy, they foster a love for performing arts within their students.

Our approach at Queen’s Academy is to create a supportive environment that encourages self-expression, risk-taking, exploration, and, above all, fun. As an LGBTQ+-friendly business, we strive to ensure all children and families feel welcome. We create spaces where everyone feels valued and celebrated through different program teachings such as dance, storytelling, art, music, and more. Since opening, over 500 children have benefited from their classes.

Question: How are you supporting other local businesses?

Answer: At Queen’s Academy, we believe in fostering a strong sense of connection and community and supporting local businesses is one way we do that. We love supporting and buying from Decolonial Clothing and Grow Mushrooms Canada and have purchased company clothing from other local BC businesses as well.

Question: What social and environmental practices are you proud of?

Answer: Growing up, my family struggled to afford extracurricular classes, so when it came time to starting my own business, I was determined to create a more budget-friendly program. I want every child to access our enriching programs, irrespective of financial constraints. This is a practice I am really proud and passionate about. Queen’s Academy stands out by intentionally charging less than competitors. In alignment with their commitment to accessibility, they also provide sliding scale requests and partial sponsorships.

At Queen’s Academy, sustainability is at the forefront of our operations. Some of the actions we take in alignment with environmental practices is that we reuse class activities materials, art supplies, and our costumes. In addition to this, all of our teachers take public transit or bike to work!

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