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: Holiday Jazz Concert

Thursday, December 21, 2017 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street

Get into the holiday spirit with some festive jazz! Sip some hot chocolate while listening to singer Ashley St Pierre and pianist Adrean Farrugia.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Holiday Jazz Concert website link

Burton Cummings & Band Live by the Falls

Friday, December 29, 2017 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Scotiabank Convention Centre

Canadian Music Hall of Famer Burton Cummings will return to Niagara on December 29 to make his Live by the Falls debut. Tickets are on sale right now, and can be purchased:- Online at www.fallsconventions.com or http://sccniagara.ticketpro.ca/- By phone with Ticketpro at 1-888-655-9090- By visiting the Scotiabank Convention Centre Box Office (hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm)

Burton Cummings & Band Live by the Falls website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Behind the Scenes Touch Tour

Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street

Join Assistant Curator, Sara Byers as she takes you behind the scenes at the Niagara Falls History Museum. Get hands on with the museum collection. Learn stories behind some rarely seen artefacts.Tour starts at 6:00 sharp. Not suitable for young children. Tours will be first come first served on the day of the event and will be a maximum of 10 people.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Behind the Scenes Touch Tour website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Museum Insiders

Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street

Our Museum Insiders engage our visitors through the telling of short stories that are personal and unique. The stories are presented as visitors stroll through the galleries.Stay to enjoy coffee/ tea and to share stories with other visitors and our Insiders.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Museum Insiders website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Winter Film Series

Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum, 5810 Ferry Street

Film Series: Black America On ScreenIN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (Norman Jewison, U.S. 1967) 109 mins. Rated R Philadelphia's ace homicide detective is arrested in a small Mississippi town, a racist hotbed. Crime drama starring Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Warren Oates. Awards: 5 Oscars.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Winter Film Series website link