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AUGUST 2020
 
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Niagara Falls Culture

 
Niagara Falls Culture is trying to find ways to support you through COVID-19. Everything is still very much in flux at this point and, until we've weathered this, it will be difficult to comprehend the full extent of how this situation has affected our community. We recognize that the COVID-19 crisis will impact everyone's lives and organizations / operations / businesses going forward. 
If you have questions or comments, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Email is the best way to contact us as we work from home as much as possible. You can reach us at culture@niagarafalls.ca
We hope you stay safe, healthy and creative.
CALLS FOR ART / SUBMISSIONS
THE POPPY PROJECT
The Poppy Project is a collaborative community ART PROJECT by the Niagara Falls History Museum in conjunction with Stick 'N Needles Guild. The Museum is inviting you to work on this large scale installation of knit and crochet poppies to drape over the exterior of the Museum for Remembrance Day. 

The public is asked to create these poppies at home or at the Museum at regularly scheduled events throughout 2020.

  • August 25, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • September 22, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Members of the Stick’N Needles Guild will be on hand to help participants with the poppy patterns. Coffee, tea and yarn will be provided at these events, but please bring your own needles or hook if you have them.

HERE is a video on making a poppy by Yarnspirations

  PROJECT INFO

NIAGARA FALLS POETRY PROJECT

Dedicated to the poetry of Niagara Falls – the waterfalls, river, city, people, and history. A section of the site is also being developed to showcase Niagara poets. The very first poem that contains a reference to Niagara Falls is by Le Sievr de la Franchise, published in 1604. 
Read Poetry HERE
Submissions of original poems about Niagara Falls are welcome and can be sent via this LINK . If you are a Niagara Falls poet please indicate that you live in Niagara Falls.

HAPPENINGS

NIAGARA FALLS VIRTUAL ART SHOW AND COMPETITION
The Niagara Falls Art Show & Competition is our Annual event to honour and reward local talents in Visual Art. 

This collection showcases the various artworks from digital to traditional mediums of local talent. The competition runs virtually on our social platforms from August 2nd to Thursday August 26th with the public having the option to vote for the People's Choice Award. 
The virtual exhibit showcases our Niagara Falls Artists and will conclude with a final awards ceremony with Honourable guest appearance by Mayor Diodati, which will take place on Wednesday August 26th at 4pm.

SEE THE ART AND VOTE HERE.
We hope you enjoy the Art.

Drag Brinch! Hosted by Chase Hart. Sunday August 9th, 2 Shows 10am & 12pm $5 Cover BY RESERVATION ONLY! chasehart07@aol.com Limited seating available! Face masks and social distancing enforced. @thirdspacecafe 4345 QUEEN ST NIAGARA ON, L2E 2K9  Co-host Diamond Hort, Special Guest: Karma Kira
DRAG BRUNCH info HERE
4680Q - LIVE - TALK SHOWS - EVENTS - PODCASTS: Broadcasting from the heart of Niagara Falls, Ontario. LINK to 4680Q.

NIAGARA FALLS - THEN & NOW
A Photographic Journey Through The Years
Discover historical Niagara Falls with photographs from our Local History Collection.
Browse the site or hit the streets with our interactive map! INFO

NIAGARA FALLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Online Events Hosted by NFPL
Facebook Online Storytime
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays @ 10:30 A.M.
Join the Niagara Falls Public Library as they perform rhymes and songs, read storybooks and teach you fun activities you can do at home.
Facebook Maker Programs
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 10:30 A.M.
Makers are people who build, design, invent, and create. Join on Facebook while they explore all sorts of materials, and projects.
NFPL Facebook page LINK.


NIAGARA FALLS FARMERS MARKET
Open Saturdays!
New temporary location at the MacBain Centre
Physical distancing and other health & safety measures in place
Open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates, vendor news and more!
FACEBOOK

NIAGARA FALLS CAMERA CLUB
Check out the Weekly Challenges on their Facebook page. Join in!
New challenge every Wednesday
Post as often as you like, everyday or once a week
Image: Scott Simon & Chris Empey LINK
PORCHFEST
Stories From the Porch- Falynn Shaw- Aug 5
Sundays on the Porch- Laurel and Hulley- Aug 9
Stories From the Porch- Drag Queen Story- Aug 12
Stories From the Porch- Michael Clarkson- Aug 19
Stories From the Porch- Eve Atoms- Aug 26
INFO HERE

QUEEN STREET MOVIE NIGHTS
Join us at 8pm (sunset hour) every Wednesday at the Queen Street Promenade to watch your favourite movies with the whole family!
Movie Night Schedule
August 5th - Disney's Cars
August 12th - Jurassic Park
August 19th - The Goonies
August 26th - Audience Choice!
INFO
DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT WEEK
Queen Street Restaurant Week to run in Niagara Falls Saturday until Aug. 10. ARTICLE
MUSEUMS / HISTORY
NIAGARA FALLS HISTORY MUSEUM IS NOW OPEN!

Curator’s Talk: Thomas Barnett and Niagara’s Early Museum History

Join Curator, Suzanne Moase as she shares the story of Niagara’s first museum. Learn more about this early collection and how the Niagara Falls History Museum is now the custodian of some of its most interesting pieces. Join in on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. This is a prerecorded presentation. No registration required.
YouTube Link will go live on August 6th @7pm

Touch Tour: Museum Collection Behind-the-Scenes
August 13 @ 7pm 

Join Assistant Curator, Sara Byers as she takes you behind the scenes at the Niagara Falls History Museum. Explore the artefact storage room and get (virtually) hands on with the museum collection. Understand what the museums collect and why. Learn stories behind some rarely seen artefacts and share your own insights. Join in on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. This is a prerecorded presentation. No registration required.
YouTube Link will go live on August 13th @7pm

NOT@the Museum for KIDS: Fire Station Tour 
August 20 @ 2pm

Join us Thursday August 20th for a LIVE kid’s event online with the Museum and Niagara Falls Fire Department. We start the event off with a pre-recorded behind the scenes tour of Fire Station One, then we’ll have a LIVE Q&A with local fire fighter Ron Massolin. You don’t want to miss the chance to see some amazing trucks and learn how fire fighters keep us safe!
Click on the link to join meeting
HERE 

Coming Out Stories: Alice Rose 
August 27 @ 7pm

Join Falynn Shaw as she hosts a series of events for LGBTQ+ and straight communities alike. Each night will feature a different special guest to share their personal coming-out story. Come be a part of these much needed conversations in the Niagara Region. All are welcome. 
Alice Rose is a Toronto comic who uses her time on the stage to reach out and bring awareness to the trans community. You may recognize her from CTV Your Morning or Netflix's Designated Survivor. A storyteller at heart, Alice combines introspective personal narratives with larger observations to create an intimate comedy experience. Alice will be sharing her stories about coming out, her journey to become her true self, and life on the stage.

Click
HERE to register.
History@Home: BRINGING THE MUSEUM TO YOU!

Spend some time online with us today as these short videos highlight the Museum's collection and the history of our famous City. Annie Edson Taylor! Blondin! Bridges and more! LINKS


COLLECTING COVID-19

The Niagara Falls History Museum is seeking donations of items that will help us document this defining moment of our time.

Museums collect objects and stories that help people learn from and connect with the past. Niagara Falls is a beloved hometown and an international destination connecting with people both near and far. We want to hear from our friends at home and around the world with stories of the pandemic that relate to our City.

Some examples of things we might collect: Photographs, drawings, paintings, signs, posters, scrapbooks, videos, poems, music, journals & letters postcards, flyers etc. You tell us what matters. Items can be digital or analogue. DETAILS


EMPATHIC TRADITIONS: NIAGARA'S INDIGENOUS LEGACY
The Niagara Falls Museums teamed up with Landscape of Nations 360⁰ to create an exciting new virtual exhibition that explores the Museums’ collections of Indigenous artifacts as curated through the perspective of Indigenous curators and their allies.

Featured objects selected from the Indigenous collections of the Niagara Falls History Museum reveal the presence of Indigenous peoples, their art and history in the region, extending back to the earliest human inhabitation of the region. From the Paleoindian Period reaching back 13,000 years, through the Archaic and Woodland Periods, to European contact and modern times, Indigenous peoples have always been an essential part of Niagara.
NEW AND NOTABLE
RAINBOW CROSSWALK
The City of Niagara Falls is pleased to welcome the first ever Rainbow Crosswalk located on Erie St at Queen. We support inclusivity & our incredible local community.
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