Opening of Niagara Falls’ arts hub delayed, museum steps up to host Night of Art


Published September 14, 2023 at 11:11 am

The grand opening of the Niagara Falls Exchange was meant to be the 12th Annual Night of Arts but it's been put on pause so the event on Sept. has been shifted back to the traditional host, the Niagara Falls History Museum.

The Grand Opening of The Exchange, Niagara Falls’ new arts and culture hub, has been put on pause.

The city was anticipating its big night would be hosting the annual Night of Art on Sept. 21 but “due to unforeseen circumstances with the construction process,” the event has been shifted back to the event’s traditional host, the Niagara Falls History Museum.

“The decision to delay the venue’s Grand Opening was not made lightly,” said Kathy Moldenhauer, Niagara Falls General Manager of Recreation, Culture, and Facilities.

“The decision reflects the City’s dedication and commitment to providing a fantastic experience to our residents and stakeholders when we open the doors to a brand-new facility. The project requires additional time to address infrastructure enhancements and final touches in the venue’s interior. We appreciate the community’s enthusiasm for The Exchange and, in the meantime, look forward to hosting the Night of Art at the Niagara Falls History Museum on September 21.”

After years of planning, Niagara Falls City Council approved the construction of the Niagara Falls Exchange – a new market, cultural hub, and event space strategically located in the Main and Ferry neighbourhood.

The project broke ground in 2021 with the vision to be the epicentre of Niagara Falls’ Arts & Culture scene. The Exchange is a 10,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor multipurpose event space created to foster and incubate the city’s Food, Music, Art, and Culture communities.

The Exchange is the new home of the Niagara Falls Famers’ Market, artist & woodworking studios, an art gallery, an on-site café, and more.

Nonetheless, the 12th annual Niagara Falls Night of Art event will continue as planned on Sept. 21, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the History Museum (5810 Ferry St.). The free admission event will feature art installations, performances, live music, food & drink, and more.

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