The Cave Collective is a non profit organization dedicated to building and enhancing community through a vibrant and action-oriented arts scene. We work alongside Rapid City businesses and organizations to impact our area for good while creating memorable events and experiences for folks young and old alike.
NaTasha had a dream that she imagines many of you have had - a place for real human interaction… and really loud music. She has made this happen over the years, either underground in a literal cave, or above ground at various locations throughout the Black Hills. NaTasha believes that live music provides a connection you can’t get elsewhere – that like humanity, music can be raw and in your face, or soft and sweet, with the sound waves echoing the parallels of us all, be it under one roof or under one sky. In addition to her work with The Cave Collective NaTasha has worked as a nurse in Rapid City for nearly a decade and has in many ways devoted her life to helping and healing others. She also sings and plays synthesizer in the all-girl alternative rock band Purple Honey and is a strong proponent of seeing more women in music and the arts.
Dexter started attending shows in Rapid City in 2011 and quickly knew that he had discovered a place to find his voice. However, for as many good things as he found in the scene, there was a great deal of negativity as well. Many show attendees came from broken homes and brought that toxicity with them to events. In his work with The Cave Collective, Dexter seeks to recreate the transformative experiences of his own youth in an environment that is safe, accountable, and empowering for folks of all ages and from all walks of life. Dexter lives in Rapid City with his wife NaTasha and their three children, and enjoys hiking, fishing, and gardening in his free time. In addition to his work with The Cave Collective, Dexter is attending Black Hills State University to study Sociology and Business, with his research and studies focusing on how local businesses can work together with the community to solve many of the societal problems facing the Black Hills region while simultaneously improving our economic and cultural prowess.
Mary Haan first became involved with the Arts through writing and community theatre at the age of 8. Ever since then, she has believed that music, theatre, storytelling, and visual arts are the most powerful ways to build community. When Mary and her partner, Lucas, moved to Rapid City in 2015 after a handful of years in Minneapolis, one of her biggest fears was the loss of access to live music, art exhibitions, and community centers. She could not imagine raising her two children in a town where there seemed to be very few options for young people to engage with the community proactively. When The Cave Collective was dreamed into existence by Dexter and NaTasha, Mary quickly jumped on board in order to help bring this dream to fruition. Mary is extremely dedicated to the mission of The Cave Collective as we work to build a place in Rapid City where youth from all backgrounds will be able to hone their crafts, invest in their community, and build friendships that will last throughout their lives.
Words have power. Actions too. As a storyteller, visual artist, and slam poet, Natalie LaFrance-Slack brought a desire to see a multi-arts-sober-stage in Rapid City. A business owner in the Black Hills for sixteen years, Natalie brings her community connections, marketing mojo, and activist ideals to her position with The Cave Collective. She founded and continues to run Verb Storytelling Collective - now a podcast, and has taught public speaking and creative writing to young people for the past 17 years. She serves on the board of the Black Hills Center for Equality, Black Hills Community Theatre and TEDx Rapid City. The mother of three teenage sons, Natalie and her partner Brandon love traveling, kayaking, cycling, comedy, music, art, and creation. Nothing makes her happier than roadtripping in her mom-van, reading as many books as she can, putting on a new record, drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee, or tearing down systems of injustice.
Mike Frame grew up in rural Utah and moved to Rapid City in 2017 after extensive stints in Seattle and Denver. He is married to his best friend, Sarah, and together they have two cats. Despite initial trepidation, Mike and Sarah quickly fell in love with the unpretentious natural beauty of the Black Hills. Mike brings with him a professional accounting background and truly believes that The Cave Collective will transform and save lives. Rapid City has a large population of marginalized youth and The Cave Collective has immediate impact on the local community. There is a serious need in this city for creative space for people to meet up, make connections, build community, and learn more about their art. Mike has always adored live music and loves to watch inspiration unfold as the worldview of young people is broadened by their involvement with the arts.
Destyn is a filmmaker from the Black Hills of South Dakota and believes that his upbringing in the Hills is largely responsible for his life perspective and creativity. He is passionate about filming & directing music videos, documentaries and commercials. Destyn is the co-owner of 605 Media & Entertainment, a media and event production agency based in Spearfish, SD and serves on the Spearfish Young Professionals Group Board of Directors. He also serves on the Northern Hills Amateur Hockey Association Board and has an interest in encouraging youth and young adults to take part in civic engagement and entrepreneurial efforts. Destyn is equally passionate about music as he is about visual storytelling and brings with him a unique vision, work ethic, business sense and skillset that is a vital part of The Cave Collective’s identity.