To help meet the objectives of the Kingston Culture Plan and enrich the cultural life of Kingston, the City offers cultural learning opportunities, including:

Cultural Learning Events

Looking for a cultural learning experience?  Check the listings at these City-run places to see what's coming up:

Grand Theatre Cultural Learning Opportunities

Please view your Grand Theatre performance listing to see if there is one of these opportunities associated with a performance you plan to attend:

In conversation

In conversation is a series of pre-show artist talks designed to enhance your live performance experience at the Grand Theatre.  Both entertaining and informative, join us to talk to musicians, playwrights, and choreographers who will highlight their creative process, and give you insight into what happens behind-the-scenes.

Master Class Series

This series allows showcases the world-class artists that are performing at the Grand Theatre, as well as the many extraordinary opportunities available to young aspiring dancers, musicians and actors.  Each Master Class presents a unique opportunity for students to interact with renowned visiting professionals who will provide demonstrations, technical instruction and discussion on a wide range of topics pertaining to artistic and career development.  Open to anyone interested in improving their skills in music, dance or theatre. Watch for these opportunities on the Grand Theatre's Master Classes page.


Talkbacks are informal Question & Answer sessions between the audience and the cast and crew of a dance, theatre or musical performance at the Grand Theatre.  These sessions follow the performance and allow the audience an opportunity to learn more about the process of creating dance, theatre and musical performances.

Arts on the Rise

The Arts on the Rise program began in the Spring of 2015 as a series of projects designed to engage members of the North Kingston community through youth and family-friendly urban arts experiences.  These pilot programs included cooking groups at KCHC in the Heights Kitchen project; Hip Hop and DJ classes in conjunction with the Kingston School of Dance and 101.9FM CFRC; a Friday afternoon building program for youth called Buildit; adult ukulele lessons at numerous KFHC residences; open art making sessions at KCHC's Better Beginnings program and public screenings of Despicable Me I and II on a giant, inflatable screen in Headway Park.

Many of these inaugural projects took place at the ArtBox: a graffiti-adorned shipping container placed in Headway Park. The ArtBox has become an important symbol for the Arts on the Rise program.

MOVE Collective: It was from the Arts on the Rise program that the MOVE Collective was born: a group of young urban artists who dance, flip, break, ride and paint working together to produce new and exciting work in Kingston.  These works include Meetup sessions where artists ‘jam' together; school and club workshops; active partnerships with schools and businesses; videos and public performances.

The MOVE Collective is always open to new members: "if you can move, you're in"

We are artists.
We are movers.
We are creators.
We are Move Collective.

Together, we challenge and enrich the cultural landscape of Kingston by celebrating and creating urban art. Through leadership, mentorship and interdisciplinary collaboration, we provide young and emerging urban artists with a voice in the Kingston arts community. By bringing together urban art and artists from all walks of life, we provide youth, artists, and the greater Kingston community with opportunities to grow and learn and we strive to continuously support and inspire existing urban art communities in Kingston.

Dancers in action