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For Immediate Release
May, 15, 2019

Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund Recipients

Niagara Falls, ON, May 15, 2019- The City of Niagara Falls Culture Committee has selected 13 new cultural initiatives, innovative programs and projects to receive funding from the 2019 Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund.  The initiatives, programs and projects will engage the community with high-quality, accessible, cultural and heritage-related ideas and activities that celebrate Niagara Falls’ history, people and identity. They will be delivered throughout the year at various locations and events throughout the City. 

The Fund was created in 2016.

2019 Recipients:
Alley and Laneway Project
A pilot project in which downtown alley and laneway spaces are redesigned by local artists as entertainment hubs and photo experiences with legacy pieces. The downtown beautification aims to help bring our community to life. Five launches are planned for June 17, June 23, June 27, June 28 and July 1.
Day of 1000 Musicians
A unique, annual music event that brings a diverse group of a 1,000 amateur and professional musicians together to perform music in a positive, organic experience. This year the event will be held at the Gale Centre on July 20 (rain date July 21, 2019).
Feed Me
A creative, playful and interactive exhibit depicting the complexity of our inter-dependent external and internal ecosystem in an easy to digest way. By using simple concepts like the food chain, recycling and the water cycle, people can participate in altering and nourishing the environments. The exhibit will be on display at several community events including the City’s downtown Canada Day celebrations on July 1 and the Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 19.
Funk-tional Art Installation
Local artists encourage community engagement through workshops and an open house for their completed art pieces. At Third Space Café’s unique gallery space from May through August.
Mock Archeological Dig
The development of a mock archaeological dig at the Niagara Falls Children’s Museum will include the construction of a dedicated dig site with barriers for the sand pit, sand and objects to be buried. In addition, funds go to program development and development of the animated archeologist program. This will be an ongoing project and will be self-sustaining once up and running through participation fees.
Niagara Falls Writers Festival
A series of literary workshops, readings and lectures spanning across Niagara Falls featuring local and national authors.  At the Niagara Falls Public Library branches on October 12.
Niagara’s Gift Shop
Permanent Vacation is partnering with Niagara Falls History Museum, Niagara Falls Art Gallery and NAC to create a series of innovative souvenir themed art-objects to be exhibited at various Niagara Falls venues. Multiple venues, premieres at Niagara Falls Night of Art on September 19.
Opera Niagara
Two full operatic productions for the Niagara region: Bellini’s La Sonnambula on April 26 and 27, followed by Massenet’s Manon in autumn 2019, at the Seneca Queen Theatre.
Pollinator Trail Sculpture Competition
Local artists will be challenged to create an environmentally- and kid-friendly, outdoor sculpture with both visual and tactile components for the new pollinator trail at Heartland Forest.  The Call to Artists will go out at the end of May.
An exhibition combining photography, see through canvas and dance. This show will be a zoom-in lens on how Letourneau Art appropriates the movements of dance that she captures on camera to the see through canvas. At QUBE Escape Rooms on September 27.
The Boy from Niagara
A documentary film about international artist, Big John ‘T-Bone’ Little, and his city, Niagara Falls. Screenings will be held at the Seneca Theatre, Niagara Falls Museums, Niagara Falls Public Library and the BME Church in November and December.
The Harder They Fall
A four-part episodic comedy series centered around the trials and tribulations of a comic trying to make it big while living in Niagara Falls. In collaboration with numerous local comics, actors, musicians and dancers with support of local business and organizations. The series will be submitted to the Canadian Comedy Awards and to online streaming sites: Crave TV, Crackle and Hulu.
Water for Life Children and Adolescent Art Workshops
Art pieces completed by local youth to communicate the importance of clean drinking water in our lives today and protecting it for the future. Artworks will be displayed to the public at the Niagara Falls Art Gallery and Niagara Falls Public Library. As part of the United Nations’ 3rd edition of the World Day for the Rights of Children, artworks from 10 to 12 participants will be selected by committee to represent Niagara Falls in itinerant art exhibitions in Florence, Italy in November 2019.
“The City of Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund offers funding to individuals, groups, collectives and organizations for the creation, production, presentation and distribution of culture and cultural services,” said Clark Bernat, City of Niagara Falls Culture & Museums Manager.  “With it, we are able to support interesting, innovative and collaborative projects for the benefit of all.”

For more information, contact:

Clark Bernat
City of Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-358-5082

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