Arts & Culture


Night of Art 2015 showing the back of the Niagara Falls History Museum, artists in the Bike Parade and other activities taking place

Museums

The City of Niagara Falls is home to multiple museums.  Visit the Niagara Falls History Museum to get information about them and their locations and operating hours.

Arts, Culture & Museum Committee

The Arts, Culture & Museum Committee endeavours to promote an awareness of and appreciation for arts, cultural, and heritage activities within our community. The committee looks forward to connecting you with many talented organizations and persons in our city. They host art shows, awards ceremonies, provide funding, hold capacity workshops and have links with various Community Groups.  Check out the Arts, Culture & Museum Committee page for details.

City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan

In 2015, City Council for Niagara Falls approved a Culture Plan to identify, leverage and strengthen the community’s cultural resources. It will result in a better awareness of the City’s cultural resources, an improved quality of life for residents, opportunities to recognize and develop the cultural sector as both a cultural asset and an economic engine, as well as create improved opportunities for artists and cultural organizations to network, and to showcase or exhibit their artistic talent.  We are in the process of getting the Culture Plan AODA compliant.  If you require such a copy please contact the city staff listed on this website. You can download a copy of the Plan here.

Culture Forum

In November of 2015, the first Cultural Summit was held at the MacBain Community Centre. The public, artists and cultural organizations were invited to participate in dialogue about the next steps in the City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan.  The results of those meetings will assist in the development of the short term goals for the Culture Plan. Thanks to the Niagara Community Foundation for their support of this summit.  The 2016 Forum will be held on October 13th at 7 p.m. at the MacBain Community Centre.  
Check out the notes from the 2016 meeting.

Arts & Culture - Wall of Fame

The Arts & Culture 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 to the Wall of Fame.

Stamford Collegiate Alumni Association Award In Memory of Barbara Frum

First awarded in 1992, the Barbara Frum Award is presented to an individual or an organization who has enhanced the quality of our lives by virtue of their "outstanding contribution to fostering and developing arts and culture opportunities in Niagara Falls.

The Barbara Frum Nomination Form is available in online.

Past Winners of the Barbara Frum Award

  • Micheal Madden (2016)
  • Philomena McCracken (2015)
  • Dr. John (Jock) Ainslie (2014)
  • Rick Rose (2013)
  • Derek Tidd (2012)
  • Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen's Association (2011)
  • John Anstruther (2009)
  • Elizabeth Detlor (2008)
  • Anthony J. Smith (2007)
  • Nancy Zimmerman (2005)
  • Niagara Concerts (2004)
  • Carmen Dix (2003)
  • Frances Corfield (2002)
  • Marjorie Slinn (2001)
  • Hilda Corkum (2000)
  • Sherman Zavitz (1999)
  • Egidio (Ed) Fantinel (1998)
  • Pamela Robb (1997)
  • Ruth Redmond (1996)
  • Adam Daniel White (1995)
  • Norma Potter (1994)
  • George and Olive Seibel (1994)
  • William S. Smeaton (1993)

Events Calendar

The City offers a Public Events Calendar for events happening in Niagara Falls.  View the events happening or submit your own community event to our calendar, free of charge. You can also visit CNiagara for a listing of culture events in the region.

Arts and Culture Events

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Yoga Series

Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum 5810 Ferry Street

Join Shine On Yoga for a FREE community yoga class. Relaxing hatha yoga class, geared toward reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality and maintaining or re-gaining your health. No yoga experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a water bottle and a yoga mat if you have one. Recommended for ages 16 and up. 20 Participants max, please come early to ensure a spot!

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Yoga Series website link

Annual Tree Seedling Sale Day

Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Rd

Local residents, businesses, and schools are encouraged to plant native trees to help restore health to our urban environment. For only $5.00 each, the following native seedlings can be purchased: Eastern Hemlock, White Pine, Red Oak, Tulip, & Bitternut Hickory. Residents can pre-order 5 to 25 seedlings with prepayment at the MacBain Community Centre or the Gale Centre from April 1st-23rd.

Annual Tree Seedling Sale Day website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Ohnia:kara: An Aspiring Geopark

Thursday, May 9, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Join Darren Platakis, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, as he shares his dream for the Ohnia:kara Geopark. The Ohnia:kara Aspiring Global Geopark will bring a sense of pride and strengthen our Niagara while educating about the importance of the geology and its impacts on our industry and cultural history through the recognition of the indigenous peoples that call this land home.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Ohnia:kara: An Aspiring Geopark website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Moccasin Talks: The Great Law of Peace Through the Artist's Lens

Thursday, May 16, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Raymond Skye, Tuscarora artist, will share what inspired him to create the Great Peace artwork, explaining the significance of all the imagery contained within the piece. This piece of art led him to be involved in various areas of providing and presenting his work towards First Nations education, and also providing a resource for both native and non-native curriculum studies.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Moccasin Talks: The Great Law of Peace Through the Artist's Lens website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: The Immigrant Life of Author Gerald A. Archambeau

Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Gerald A. Archambeau, author of A Struggle to Walk with Dignity: The True Story of a Jamaica-born Canadian, shares stories of his life, and how his experiences have been shaped by his identities as a mixed-race child in colonial Jamaica, and then as an immigrant to Canada.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: The Immigrant Life of Author Gerald A. Archambeau website link

Niagara Falls Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale

Saturday, May 25, 2019 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Niagara Falls Public Library - Victoria Avenue Branch

The Niagara Falls Horticultural Society will be hosting their annual plant sale at the Victoria Avenue Public Library branch on Saturday, May 25. Sales are open to the public until inventory lasts.

Niagara Falls Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale website link

NF Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale

Saturday, May 25, 2019 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
4848 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Horticultural Society 12th Annual Spring Plant Sale with member grown hostas, ornamental grasses, shade & sun lovin' perennials as well as house plants. Best prices in town! Proceeds go back into beautifying & educating the community through Horticulture. We are a not for profit organization. FREE KID ZONE - Kids can plant an annual to take home for free.

NF Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale website link