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 Art Project

Thursday, July 26, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Join video artist Dougie Hayz as he explores and documents the wide range of emotions expressed by humans. Return to the Museum for Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 20th to see the final art installation starring you!

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

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Art Project

Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Join video artist Dougie Hayz as he explores and documents the wide range of emotions expressed by humans. From his Artist Statement, Dougie's objective is to: "find others who still believe in the emotional healing power drawn from the tangible. All of this will be captured in a digital format but expressed in a very mixed media [way]."Unveiling on September 20th, Niagara Falls Night of Art.

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

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Concert -Big John "T-Bone" Little

Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Big John and his friends are rocking the Museum with an outdoor concert. Big John will show off his talent by playing an eclectic mix of blues, classic country, and rock 'n' roll. The show must go on if it rains, the concert will move indoors.

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Concert -Big John "T-Bone" Little website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Community Art Project

Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Join video artist Dougie Hayz as he explores and documents the wide range of emotions expressed by humans. From his Artist Statement, Dougie's objective is to: "find others who still believe in the emotional healing power drawn from the tangible. All of this will be captured in a digital format but expressed in a very mixed media [way]."Unveiling on September 20th, Niagara Falls Night of Art.

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

Frozen In Time: The Musical

Saturday, August 25, 2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Seneca Queen Theatre Niagara Falls ON

A show for the kids that the whole family will enjoy! A show featuring a 3 character cast of the Snow Queen, the Ice Princess, and their lovable friends. Join them as they go back in time to tell their story as you sing-a-long with them to all your favourite songs.

Frozen In Time: The Musical website link

@ the Museum Thursday night presents: Behind the Scenes Tour

Thursday, August 30, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Niagara Falls History Museum

Explore the artefact storage room with an Assistant Curator and get hands on with the museum collection. Understand what museums collect and why. Learn stories behind some rarely seen artefacts and share your own insights. Free tour. Tour starts at 6:00 & 7:00 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 Tour website link

6th Annual Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival

Friday, September 14, 2018 until Sunday, September 16, 2018 6:00 PM
Firemen's Park, 2275 Dorchester Road, L2E 6S4

$5 per day; $15 for VIP galaOver 50 artists and 30 musicians!There is something for everyone. Everything is free after you pay the admission! The indoor/outdoor festival will house fine art, thought provoking, interactive and intriguing installations, one of a kind works, children's art zone and interactive workshops.September 14: 6pm - 11pmSeptember 15: 9am - 11pmSeptember 16: 9am - 6pm

6th Annual Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival website link