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.

Culture Committee

The Culture 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 Culture 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.

 

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

  • Angela Menotti (2018)
  • Elizabeth Manker (2017)
  • 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

Fifteen Stories High Short Story Contest

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 until Monday, September 30, 2019
Niagara Region

The Canadian Authors Association, Niagara Branch is an association of writers helping other writers in the art of composing and getting published their literary work. They provide monthly programsy between September and June and have an annual short story contest for fiction writers with the top 15 winners published in an anthology. Cash prize for First, Second and Third Place winners.

Fifteen Stories High Short Story Contest website link

Niagara Falls scavenger hunt: A wacky Let's Roam Adventure

Friday, June 14, 2019 until Friday, June 12, 2020 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
6650 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2, Canada

Looking for fun things to do in Niagara Falls? Try a Niagara Falls photo scavenger hunt. On Hunt Along Niagara Falls you will be going on an enthralling tour around Niagara Falls checking out the art, history, and culture along the way. You'll see groups of friends competing to unearth fun facts, taking ridiculous pictures, and deciding who will be the next scavenger hunt champion!

Niagara Falls scavenger hunt: A wacky Let's Roam Adventure website link

Niagara Falls Wheat Paste Art Call!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 until Monday, July 22, 2019
5810 Ferry Street, Niagara Falls, L2G 1S9

$1000/design. Niagara Falls Culture is calling all artists to produce artistic images showcasing the history of 11 locations in the city providing a temporary installation of Street Art that will resonate with the history of the city, the local residents and for the public to enjoy. The art will be replicated in large formats and installed using a wheat paste adhesive. https://bit.ly/2INXtGE

Niagara Falls Wheat Paste Art Call! website link

Water for Life Art Workshops

Saturday, July 13, 2019 until Saturday, July 27, 2019 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Victoria Avenue Library, 4848 Victoria Avenue

Funded by a Niagara Falls Arts & Culture grant, renowned artist Antoine Gaber engages children and teens though art to bring to light the importance of clean drinking water and to protect the future. Selected works produced by the children will represent Niagara Falls at an exhibit in Florence, Italy. Please register for 1 session: July 13, 9 am or 1 pm, July 27, 9 am or 1 pm. Cost: $10

Water for Life Art Workshops website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Art Project

Thursday, July 25, 2019 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Come work with local Indigenous beadwork artist Sam Thomas to create this year's community art project which will be unveiled at Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 19. Thomas is a member of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation and endeavors to break down cultural divisions through sharing knowledge and the arts.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Art Project website link

@ the Museum Thursday Night presents: Moccasin Talks It Binds Their Arms Together: Niagara and the Covenant Chain

Thursday, August 1, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Kayanesenh Paul Williams (Six Nations of the Grand River) works on relations with other Nations, on securing rematriation of wampum records & other sacred objects from museums & other institutions. He is a research director for the Union of Ontario Indians, and legal counsel for many Anishinaabe communities, he has been involved in most of the major land claims or claim settlements

@ the Museum Thursday Night presents: Moccasin Talks It Binds Their Arms Together: Niagara and the Covenant Chain website link

Niagara Falls 4th Annual Art Show & Competition

Friday, August 2, 2019 until Thursday, August 29, 2019
NIagara Falls Public Library, 4848 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 4C5

The City of Niagara Falls 4th Annual Art Show & Competition will take place at the Victoria Avenue Public Library August 2nd-29th, 2019. The competition is open to all Niagara Falls residents and students over the age of 18. There is no fee to enter; however all participants are asked to register online in advance (registration will close two days before the show). Delivery of all art on Aug 1.

Niagara Falls 4th Annual Art Show & Competition website link

@ the Museum Thursday Night presents: Community Art Project

Thursday, August 8, 2019 until Thursday, August 22, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Local Indigenous beadwork artist Sam Thomas creates this year's community art project which will be unveiled at Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 19. Touching on the issues of environment, land, water, & treaties with Indigenous nations. Thomas is a member of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation and endeavors to break down cultural divisions through sharing knowledge and the arts.

@ the Museum Thursday Night presents: Community Art Project website link