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. Check out the details on the Fund page. The 2018 NFCDF has now opened and has a deadline of January 31st, 2018.

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;

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 City of Niagara Falls 4rd Annual Art Show & Competition

Calling artists of all ages!  The City of Niagara Falls Art Show will take place at the Victoria Avenue Public Library during the month of August.  The competition is open to all Niagara Falls residents and students attending school in Niagara Falls.  There is no fee to enter; however all participants are asked to register online in advance (registration will close two days before the show).

Awards Presentation

Cash prizes 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

Trophies will go to the Judges’/Mayor’s Choice and the People’s Choice for the overall best work. All winners will receive an engraved keeper plaque.                                                    

Terms and Conditions of Entry:                                                         

  • Each artist may submit one work of art to the contest.
  • Artwork must be original and completed within the last 12 months.
  • Artwork must be ready to hang.
  • 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 (for blind judging purposes) with the artist’s name, age, and phone number. All works will be labeled at intake.
  • Artists must register for the art contest.
  • Art must be delivered to the Niagara Falls Public Library, Victoria Branch, to the Gallery on a date at the beginning of August, TBD 2020.
  • Art must be picked up on a date at the end of August TBD. Any artwork remaining afterwards will become the property of the City of Niagara Falls. All works must be signed out before they are taken home.
  • No consumable materials will be used in the manufacture of any artwork.
  • Winners’ names and photos may be published in the local media.
  • Winner’s artwork will 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.


Presented by:

Niagara Falls Culture Committee. The Art Competition is free to enter and available to all Niagara Falls residents.  All participants are asked to register online in advance.

For Information please call or email Kim Van Stygeren

[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