Niagara arts and culture receives funding for multi-use creative hub

Arts and culture in Niagara received a federal boost Tuesday. Kim Van Stygeren, City of Niagara Falls Cultural Program Assistant, Kathy Moldenhauer, City of Niagara Falls Director of Recreation & Culture, Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey, Jim Diodati, Mayor City of Niagara Falls, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle, Clark Bernat, City of Niagara Falls Culture & Museums Manager, Janet Zylstra, City of Niagara Falls Farmers’ Market Coordinator gathered at the Niagara Falls Farmers Market to celebrate the news. Photo supplied.

The federal government has kicked in up to $3,000,000 to support local artists, artisans, and arts and heritage organizations representing a variety of creative disciplines.

The funding is going towards the creation of a creative hub in Niagara Falls, ON. The announcement was made on Tuesday, Sept. 3/2019.

“The Government of Canada is investing in culture, providing spaces where local artists can thrive. These investments are made through Heritage Canada’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, which focuses on improving physical conditions for artists and improving access for Canadians to arts and culture,” a press release from the office of Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey said.

“I am pleased to see the Government of Canada investing in Niagara art and culture,” Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre said in the release. “This new space will provide not only a creative hub in Niagara Falls for local artists to thrive and create new pieces but a community space for all to use. I am excited to see what will come out of this multi-use space, and how it will strengthen our Niagara economy.”

One of the features of the creative hub is that is will have the only mid-sized professional performance space in the city.  At an affordable rate, space will be available to professional and non-professional arts and heritage organizations and individual

“Innovation and creative entrepreneurship are key pillars to the economic growth Canada has seen since 2015. Canadians have created a million new jobs since then and it’s very exciting that our government is supporting entrepreneurship at the Niagara Falls Creative Hub with up to $3 million in funding to the City of Niagara Falls,” Chris Bittle, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines said in the release. “A multi-use creative space that will provide opportunity and access to resources for many will grow our local economy and help the leaders and innovators of tomorrow get their start.”

Quick Facts

  • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund’s (CCSF) objectives focus on improving physical conditions for professional arts and heritage related collaboration, creation, presentation, preservation and exhibition, and to increase and improve access for Canadians to arts and culture.
  • In Budget 2017 the Government of Canada announced an additional $300 million over a ten year period, starting in 2018-2019, to further support creative hubs and other cultural spaces.
  • The CCSF annual grants and contributions budget is $54 million for the period 2018-2028.
  • This project will result in a new multi-use creative hub designed to bring together professional artists, artisans, and arts and heritage organizations from a variety of creative disciplines. The creative hub will provide users with affordable space, shared space, equipment and amenities, and will foster collaboration amongst its users.

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