The Cultural Hub
The new Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Market will become a vibrant centre of activity in the community by providing shared spaces where artists, musicians, food vendors and patrons, and local businesses can come together and create. Located in the historic Main and Ferry district, it will include a large culture and market hall, café, artist studios, gallery, creative workshop and public washrooms surrounded by two multi-functional civic plazas that interconnect the flanking streets. The Market Hall, which will house the regularly scheduled Farmers' Market, will be a space for other events that include music, theatre, lectures and other weekend markets.
Located adjacent to the Niagara Falls History Museum, the site is knit together with a design language that prioritizes an accessible public realm, and creates quality indoor and outdoor space that is durable, flexible, and sustainable.
This is a space for creators, promoters, foodies and organizers. This space is scheduled to open in Summer of 2022. To track progress of the project. Follow the blog on the City’s Let’s Talk Platform or check in with the onsite construction camera.
This 4,000 sq foot hall will provide indoor and outdoor space for a year-round farmers’ market in order to retain and attract farmers and vendors. The design of the space adheres to the vision of a makers' space where a high proportion of vendors grow, produce, make their own products and/or source the products within a 100-mile radius (on the Canadian side of the border).
Furthermore, the space will be flexible enough to develop other similar programming related to artists, creators and makers of things to use the space. Acoustic paneling, audio visual equipment and staging material will provide a venue that can accommodate everything from a musical performance, theatre, festivals and many other activities to make this the best venue for the community.
These shared spaces will encourage and facilitate creation, collaboration and development. The studios will offer competitive rates for artists and makers to create visual arts. It will be high-quality space conducive to artists' needs in terms of ceiling heights, lighting, ventilation, freight elevator, finishing areas, some tools, fume hood, washing station and disposal area.
Artists will have 24 hour/7 days a week access to these spaces to provide the flexibility that is required. All spaces will have power accessible to the artists and wifi set up on the site.
Keeping the priority on community space that is accessible creator space, a woodworking shop is located on the main floor of the site. This will provide artists with materials and tools that they require to complete projects. It will provide space for amateur woodworkers with space to explore their potential. It will provide space for those who have downsized their tools and woodworking area to get reintroduced to woodworking and it will provide creators with the equipment to produce works that can be sold. This space will be staffed by trained woodworkers to provide assistance and to run workshops for new woodworkers and experienced woodworkers.
Located on the second floor near the artist studios, this space will be a quality gallery space for artists to exhibit their work. Priority will be given to the artists residing in the studios.