culture

Niagara Falls Culture Committee

Two people standing on a stage with a screen in background that says Niagara Falls Arts and Culture Wall of Fame

As an appointed body of volunteers, the Culture Committee will assist City staff in creating a dynamic and vibrant City.  The committee will assist in the development of policies and plans; will act as an advocate for arts, culture, and heritage providers throughout the community and will provide informed perspectives on arts, culture, and heritage related matters in the City.

The Committee consists of:
Sheri Armstrong
Debra Attenborough
Evelyn Bailey
Priscilla Brett
Dino Fazio
Angela Menotti
Margaret Mingle
Laura Moffat
Dianne Munro
Patrick Sirianni
Gordon West
Council Rep: Wayne Campbell
Council Rep: Lori Lococo

Terms of Reference

Mandate

As an appointed body of volunteers, the Culture Committee will assist City staff in creating a dynamic and vibrant City.  The committee will assist in the development of policies and plans; will act as an advocate for arts, culture, and heritage providers throughout the community and will provide informed perspectives on arts, culture, and museum related matters in the City.

Term

Concurrent with the term of Council; Volunteers hold their position until their replacements have been selected.

Authority

The Committee is an advisory committee to Council.  It has no power in and of itself. The Committee will make recommendations for Council’s consideration for matters requiring Council approval. The Committee may also provide status reports at regular intervals to keep Council apprised of events and activities.

Membership

  • 8-12 volunteers, who are Niagara Falls residents, as appointed by City Council;
  • City Council will have regard to applicants with interest and experience in fostering historical and cultural awareness in the community;
  • A City Councillor may be appointed to the Advisory Committee.

Staff Support

The Manager of Culture & Museums shall act as the staff liaison to the Advisory Committee.  Other staff will attend, as directed by the Director of Recreation & Culture and the Manager of Culture & Museums.

Any recommendation reports from the Committee will be prepared by the staff liaison and recommended to Council by the Director.

Meetings

The Culture Committee Regular Meetings will generally be held the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  All Regular Committee Meetings are open to the public. 

Meeting Format

In accordance with the General Terms of Reference for Advisory Committees to Council.

Roles and Responsibilities

In accordance with the Committee Protocol adopted by City Council.

Duties/ Work Plan

  • To assist in enhancing public awareness of arts, culture, and museum activities in the City of Niagara Falls.
  • To act as an advocate for arts, culture, and heritage organizations within the City of Niagara Falls.
  • To act as ambassadors of the Committee at various events and festivals.
  • To provide input on the development of necessary policies and plans as they relate to arts, culture, and museum activities reflective of the needs and interests of the residents and visitors of Niagara Falls.
  • To provide volunteer assistance on special projects.
  • Provide recommendations to Council related to arts, culture, and museum activities.