School-Based Programs

Some of CAHEP’s longest running programs have taken place in schools across the City!

General Arts Programming:

Are you an educator looking to host an artist in your classroom? We have a roster of over 25 local artists who are able to deliver in-school programs in dance, drama, music, literary arts, new media, visual arts, or cultural programming.  Artist fees and supply costs must be covered by your school.

CAHEP staff are available both to recommend artists, leaving the administrative work to educators and principals, or, for a fee, can work with you to schedule and coordinate projects. These projects can range from a short experiential arts opportunity during one session (1-1.5 hours) to something more in-depth, and product based.

To find out more, please email us!

Artists in the 5th (2003 – 2017):

This school-based arts education program brought professional artists to grades 4, 5, and 6 classes within the Lakehead Public Board, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, and Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique des Aurores Boreales.  

Since its inception, this program has reached thousands of learners and dozens of educators, employed many local artists, and brought the magic of the arts into schools throughout Thunder Bay. Over the years we have seen remarkable transformations occur through the dance, drama, literary, music, media, and visual art projects created within your classrooms.

Each year, a theme was offered that is used as a jumping off point.  Our 2016 program was inspired by the theme Water’s Wisdom, and brought over 20 local artists into 23 classrooms to deliver projects that explored cultural teachings, visual arts, new media, dance, drama, spoken word, and sculpture.

Video created by local artist Shayne Ehman, documenting artist Natalie Hotson working with Nor’Wester View School in 2016.


Artists in the 5th is in a re-imagination phase for 2016-2018:

After careful consideration, and with funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we have embarked on the first phase of a vital re-imagination of the Artists in the 5th program.  The needs within schools and the wider community of Thunder Bay have changed significantly since this program began in 2003.  We have seen a tremendous increase in demand for our programs, especially as the impact of the arts becomes more widely recognized and celebrated.  We also believe it is important to take the time to reflect and learn from those who have helped make Artists in the 5th successful.

In 2017 we held two events we called “Re-Imagining Arts Education.” Artists and educators came together to explore arts programming through a series of community engaged activities, led by artists Eleanor Albanese and Zoe Gordon. Local artist Keegan Richard created a wonderful video that captures the inspiring day, and can be viewed on Vimeo.

We hope to work with you to plant the seeds of change!

CAHEP believes that arts education programming has the strongest impact when tailored to respond to evolving ideas, interests, and circumstances.  We invite Educators, Principals and Volunteers who have been a part of our in-school programming to complete this 15 minute, 25 question online survey. We seek to learn more about Artists in the 5th’s past successes, challenges and, most importantly, to uncover ways to reshape the program to further enrich the experience of those involved and invested.

If you have questions regarding 2018-’19 in-school programming, please contact Carol Kajorinne at  

We look forward to growing with you!