CAVE

Community Arts Venues Education

Creating authentic learning experiences in London’s most creative arts venues

 

WHAT IS CAVE?

CAVE's "beyond the classroom" approach immerses students and teachers in their local arts communities.

 

In partnership with The Grand Theatre, The Palace Theatre's London Community Players, and TAP Centre for Creativity, the LAC has created week-long hands-on learning experiences in active arts venues.

  • Students will explore a non-profit/community arts organization, learn about the rewards and challenges of running such an organization, and gain (through hands-on learning and real-life examples) a better understanding of the occupations and opportunities that are possible within the arts sector.
     

  • Students will connect with arts professionals and learn what goes on behind the scenes—including writing, planning, designing, budgeting, marketing, rehearsing, and contributing to the local arts community.
     

  • Students will experiment with a variety of art forms—including role playing, movement, costume design, character and script development, and creating narratives around impromptu situations and props—under the instruction of arts professionals and LAIR artists.

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HOW CAN STUDENTS PARTICIPATE?

Week-long CAVE learning experiences are arranged on a class by class basis. If you're interested in your class taking part, please contact Jeremy Jeresky (Specialist, Education Portfolio) at jjeresky@london.ca

 
 

WHAT IS CAVE'S IMPACT?

The CAVE program provided an exceptionally unique experience for my students that exposed them to new and challenging elements of drama and dance. These activities are far beyond the scope of my personal expertise as a teacher, and I am grateful that my students had the opportunity to learn from true professionals in our very own community. Several of my students that are now inspired to pursue the performing…. Our week of CAVE was the highlight of our year so far, and the students will remember and value the experience for the rest of their lives.

Michael Liston, Grade 8 teacher

St. Martin Catholic Elementary School (LDCSB)

I would strongly recommend this program to other teachers. It was a great way to see people working in the arts as a job and not just a hobby or creative outlet. The participants were professional and serious about their craft, showing the students that jobs can be in any realm.

Kathy Russell, Grade 7 teacher

Byron Somerset Public School (TVDSB)

The CAVE experience is something my students will never forget. From the awesome activities delivered to the uniqueness of The Palace Theatre and surrounding area—it truly opened the eyes of my students to many new concepts and realities…. My students learned a lot about the theatre, about themselves, and about the city of London.

Lennie Boyd, Grade 7/8 teacher

W. Sherwood Fox Public School (TVDSB)

My Grade 7 class was engaged from the moment they entered the theatre and challenged in ways that are not available in the classroom. The students themselves commented on how lucky they were to experience theatre in its entirety—from costumes and props backstage, to choreography and character development, to front row seats at an amazing theatrical production.

Elaine Mansfield, Grade 7 teacher

St. Martin Catholic Elementary School (LDCSB)

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For more information about CAVE,

please contact Jeremy Jeresky

(Specialist, Education Portfolio)

at jjeresky@london.ca

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