Dear Cave Community:

On Saturday, May 28th, we were made aware of two posts created by a former member of The Cave's Board of Directors. In these posts, the member made statements on behalf of The Cave that were not approved by the Board. This individual also alleged sexual assault against another board member.
I do not have the investigative capacity to determine the veracity of statements that have been made. But it is my job to keep The Cave Community safe. As soon as I became aware of the statements, I removed both individuals from their positions with The Cave and banned them from the premises. However, there are now significant (and understandable) fractures between the public trust and the leadership of The Cave.
As such, a majority of Board members with no significant ties to the situation or those involved discussed how best to proceed. The Board has voted to dissolve The Cave Collective as a nonprofit and close our doors at the end of July. I share this news with an incredibly heavy heart and will make a public personal statement in the near future.
At this time, I am working with our students and volunteers to maintain our booking commitments through the end of July. If we are able to get shifts covered, I think it is best for the arts community if we try to maintain those commitments to local and touring bands. As always, I am open to discussion and ideas. I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at my cell, 605-389-1629.
It’s very unfortunate that it has come to this but I see no other way forward. The students and community deserve better than the example that was set by these former Board members. I would like to extend a sincere apology to the community for the unacceptable behavior of my former colleagues. I especially am sorry to the beloved community of youth who have called The Cave their home. Young people deserve impeccable mentors and I am saddened that some members of The Cave's leadership failed to live up to our standards.
Sincerely, and with gratitude for years of Art, Music, and Community,

Mary Haan

Board President

    Rapid City, South Dakota

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