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

Expression of Interest Lundy's Lane Utility Box Art

Thursday, May 3, 2018 until Thursday, May 24, 2018
5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, L2G 1S9

CALL FOR ARTISTS UTILITY BOX ART Seeking Expressions of Interest from artists for an original art that will be reproduced on utility boxes along Lundy's Lane. Artists submit a portfolio for review, and a shortlist of up to 4 submissions will receive a stipend of $500 to produce a detailed concept. 1 or 2 of the designs will be selected, and the successful artist(s) will be contracted for $8,000.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Yoga Series

Thursday, May 24, 2018 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

Live History @ the Battle Ground Hotel Museum

Saturday, May 26, 2018 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Battle Ground Hotel Museum, 6137 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls Ontario

May 26 @ 12, 2, 4, & 6pmMay 27 @ 12, 2, & 4pm $10 a ticket; must be purchased in advance by calling 905-358-5082 or in person at the Niagara Falls History Museum. The Last Stand"The time has come; all things must end. This place has been in possession of the family for generations; but it's in danger of slipping through their fingers...unless you can help save it.

Live History @ the Battle Ground Hotel Museum website link

Historical Walking Tour

Sunday, May 27, 2018 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Centre area of Niagara Falls

Join Sherman Zavitz, the City's Official Historian, for a walk of the centre area of Niagara Falls. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and includes a peek into the heritage section of the Post factory. All participants MUST be registered BEFORE event. Registration closes Friday, May 26 at 5pm.

Historical Walking Tour website link

Live History @ the Battle Ground Hotel Museum

Sunday, May 27, 2018 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Battle Ground Hotel Museum, 6137 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls

May 27 @ 12, 2, & 4pm $10 a ticket; must be purchased in advance by calling 905-358-5082 or in person at the Niagara Falls History Museum. The Last Stand"The time has come; all things must end. This place has been in possession of the family for generations; but it's in danger of slipping through their fingers...unless you can help save it.

Live History @ the Battle Ground Hotel Museum website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Mad Science -Lights, Colour, Action!

Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street

Mad Science comes to the Museum! Uncover the hidden components of ordinary light. Transmit, reflect, and refract to your heart's content! Each participant will receive a technicolour blender. Space is limited to 25 participants. Recommended age is 6-12.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Mad Science -Lights, Colour, Action! website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Yoga Series

Thursday, June 7, 2018 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

WWKIPD- World Wide Knit in Public Day

Saturday, June 9, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Duffern Islands, Niagara Falls, ON Canada

Let's come together in our community to share the art of knitting and crochet. During this time you can bring your current project or learn the basics of these crafts. We will meet at Duffern Islands in Niagara Falls and spend 2-3 hours enjoying our craft and answering questions. Why? So we can peak interest in young and old not to loose these wonderful crafts! Weather permitting!