Culture Committee

Culture spelled in vibrant colours with Niagara Falls written belowAs an appointed body of volunteers, the Arts, Culture & Museum Committee will assist City staff in creating a dynamic and vibrant City.  The committee will assist in the development of policies and plans; will act as an advocate for arts, culture, and heritage providers throughout the community and will provide informed perspectives on arts, culture, and heritage related matters in the City. View the list of current committee members.

To get our monthly enewsletter "Cultural Currents", please sign up on the City newsletter page.

The Committee oversees the actions set out in the Culture Plan for the City of Niagara Falls.  This plan was passed in 2014 by City Council.

Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund

In 2016, the City of Niagara Falls established a fund for cultural activities in the community.  We have provided support to many projects, events and creations since the inception of the Fund. Check out the details on the Fund page. 

Allister Young Arts & Culture Endowment Fund

The City of Niagara Falls Arts, Culture & Museum Committee invites interested individuals to apply to the Allister Young Arts & Culture Endowment Fund.

In 1997, Mr. Allister Young donated a 1932 Ford Roadster to the then Arts and Culture Commission. The car was raffled off and the money raised from the sale of tickets was used to establish an Arts and Culture Endowment Fund to support artistic development.

Applicants to the fund must be residents of Niagara Falls in their high school graduating year or older and active artists in any creative arts field. Please note that applicants are not required to be students. Eligible artists ages 16 to 100 are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a resume with a digital portfolio, video, or examples of written or performance work, a written artist statement and statement of intention.

The annual deadline for submissions is March 15th of each year.
One award of $1000 will be awarded to one individual per year.

Past recipients include;

2020 - Leona Skye Grandmond
2019 - Ashlee Standish
2018 - Aaron Berger & Jana Jaros
2017 - Sara Lou Stuart
2016 - Tristain Zammitt
2015 - Carl David Onofrio
2014 - Emily Andrews 
2013 - Lynzey Ruscitti
2012 - Nicole Panday & Stephanie Oliver

The Guidelines and Application form is available for download.  A hard copy of the application form can be picked up at the Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street, please call in advance to ensure a copy is available for pick up (905-358-5082).

The 2020 City of Niagara Falls Annual Art Show & Competition

Call to Artists! The City of Niagara Falls Annual Art Show & Competition will take place in both an online gallery and at the Victoria Avenue Public Library during the month of August.

An exhibition of all artwork will be open to the public at a time to be announced during regular Library hours. The exhibit will hang for the month of August where everyone can view the collection, if the library is open to the public. The exhibition will also be viewable online on the Niagara Falls Art Competition Facebook Page. Voting for this years’ People’s Choice Award will be based on ‘likes’ via the Facebook Page.

A public and/or video Awards Presentation will take place at the end of the competition.

*New category- Digital Art. 

Description of Digital Art: 

Digital art is any form of art that is produced or manipulated through digital medium (ie. softwares, graphic, renders). This includes images done completely on computer or hand-drawn images scanned into a computer and finished using a software program. Digital art can also involve animation and 3D virtual sculpture renderings as well as projects that involve manipulation of video images.

Awards Presentation

The Awards ceremony will be held online, on a date in August TBD.  Cash prizes of $400 per category will be awarded for the top artworks in any medium [painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, digital art, etc.].  

  • Judge's Choice
  • Mayor's Choice
  • People's Choice
  • Digital Art

The winners of the Mayor’s Choice and the People’s Choice categories will have their names engraved on the trophy. All winners will receive an engraved plaque. 

Terms and Conditions of Entry

  • There is no fee to enter. 
  • The competition is open to all Niagara Falls residents and students over the age of 18.
  • Each artist may submit one (1) work of art to the contest.
  • Artwork must be original and cannot have been entered in this competition previously.
  • Art must be delivered to the Niagara Falls Public Library, Victoria Branch, in the Rosberg Gallery before the start of the show. Delivery times [TBD early August-see Niagara Falls Art Competition Facebook page] will be organized by the committee to be staggered.
  • Art pick up will also be organized by the committee.
  • Winner’s artwork may be requested to be on display at City Hall for the month of September.
  • The City of Niagara Falls assures that reasonable care will be taken in the handling of all artwork, but does not accept responsibility for loss or damage.
  • Artists will permit the use of artwork imagery for social media or promotional purposes for this competition only.
  • Winners’ names and photos may be published in the local media.

How to Enter

Traditional Art [paintings, sculpture, photography, fiber etc.]

  • Must fill out an entry form.
  • Artists must upload 3 jpegs of their work that will be posted on the Art Show & Competition Facebook page.  These photos will be:
  1. Straight on image, centred in the picture frame but not cropped in any way 
  2. Detail of the work 
  3. Image of Artist and artwork together (holding or posing beside)
  4. Labelled with artists’ last name-first initial-plus 1, 2, or 3
  5. No larger than 2MB
  • Artwork must be ready to hang with proper hanging hardware.
  • Artwork must fit through a standard height door, no larger than 36” x 96” (91 cm x 2.4 m).
  • Artwork must be labeled clearly on the back or underside with the artist’s name, age, and phone number. All works will be labeled at intake.
  • No consumable materials will be used in the manufacture of any artwork.

Digital Art [digital imagery, sculpture, animation, video]

*see description above

  • Must fill out an entry form.
  • Can be any form of original Digital Art – must be shorter than 30 seconds in duration if video work.
  • Must permit work to be projected or presented throughout the competition.

Digital Imagery:

  • Artists must upload 3 jpegs of their work that will be posted on the Art Show & Competition Facebook page.  These photos will be:
  1. Digital Image 
  2. Detail of the work 
  3. Image of Artist and artwork together (holding or posing beside computer)
  4. Labelled with artists’ last name-first initial-plus 1, 2, or 3
  5. No larger than 2MB

Video Art:

  • Video artwork must be entered into the application with a YouTube or Vimeo link only. No Facebook or Instagram links.
  • Video work to be no longer than 30 seconds.

Important Dates:

All art must be delivered and picked up at the Library on the time designed by the committee.   

Presented by:

The Annual Art Show & Competition is presented by the Niagara Falls Culture Committee.

For more information contact:
Kim Van Stygeren, Cultural Program Assistant
City of Niagara Falls 
[email protected]      
905-356-7521 x5911

Stamford Collegiate Alumni Association Award in Memory of Barbara Frum

Established in 1992, this award is presented to an organization or individual who has enhanced the quality of our lives by virtue of his or her "outstanding contribution to fostering and developing arts and culture opportunities in Niagara Falls". Nominations due early September each year. Learn more about the Barbara Frum Award.

Arts & Culture - Wall of Fame

The Arts, Culture & Museum Committee's Purpose is to foster, develop and unite artistic and cultural activities in the community. Through an Arts & Culture Wall of Fame initiative the community will have the opportunity to celebrate the many outstanding accomplishments of its past and present citizens, as well as the works of art that reflect the best of Niagara Falls. View the inductees and learn more about the Wall of Fame.

Community Culture Events and Links

Contact Us

Cultural Program Assistant
City of Niagara Falls
5810 Ferry Street
Niagara Falls, ON  L2G 1S9
905-356-7521 x5911