Mapping of Arts, Culture and Heritage Assets in Niagara

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Indicator: Mapping of Arts, Culture and Heritage Assets

The Niagara Navigator is an interactive mapping tool containing information about natural features, political boundaries, planning, and cultural and recreational features in Niagara. It can be used to help make more informed decisions and get answers to questions for a specific area or topic that involves a geographic dimension.

Relevant to the Arts, Culture & Heritage Sector, the Niagara Navigator can be used to map:

  • Designated Heritage Properties
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Welland Canal Sites
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Native Centres
  • Outdoor Art

Source: Niagara Region. Niagara Navigator
Retrieved from: https://www.niagararegion.ca/exploring/navigator.aspx

The datasets that inform the Niagara Navigator tool can be found on the Niagara Open Data Portal, in the Arts & Culture group: https://niagaraopendata.ca/dataset?groups=arts-and-culture. The following table is a sample of the City of Welland Heritage Properties dataset from the Niagara Open Data Portal. There are 52 records in the dataset.

Parcel No Bylaw No Address CommonName Year built Year Desig
11205 7951 102 East Main Street Welland County Court House 1856 1984
10481 2002-122 103 State Street Lobosco-Foote House 1931 2002
23181 2006-101 140 King Street Carnegie Building 1923 2006
20677 11002 155 Hellems Avenue Gordon Marshall House 1884 1997
15127 2003-116 196 Niagara Street Thomson-Mateka House 1855 2003
11089 9888 20 Evan Street Raymond-Gross-MacLellan House 1915 1992
11231 9424 204 East Main Street Lawrence/Singer House 1890 1990
5108 8205 24 Burgar Street Glasgow-Fortner House 1859 1985
23163 9425 25 Bald Street St. Andrews Presbyterian Church 1889 1990
5096 2005-97 271 Division Street Brookfield-Cupido House 1875 2005
10811 9775 28 Young Street Morwood House 1861 1991

 

Source: City of Welland. City of Welland Heritage Properties [Data file]
Retrieved from https://niagaraopendata.ca/dataset/city-of-welland-heritage-properties

In 2008, Niagara Region conducted a cultural asset mapping project as a precursor to developing the Niagara Culture Plan. Through this process, they uncovered 1847 cultural assets:

Cultural Asset Category Number of Cultural Assets
Creative Cultural Industries (i.e.: theatre companies, advertising, graphic designers, photography, architecture, etc.) 950
Community Cultural Organizations (i.e.: community arts organizations, historical and genealogical societies, aboriginal organizations, etc.) 75
Festivals and Events (i.e.: craft festivals, film festivals, aboriginal events, county fairs, public art tours, etc.) 162
Spaces and Facilities (i.e.: digital and media studios, architecture offices, art galleries, design studios, libraries and archives, etc.) 166
Cultural Heritage (i.e.: cemeteries, buildings, aboriginal heritage sites, archaeological sites, etc.) 484
Natural Heritage (i.e.: scenic destinations, botanical gardens, parks, waterfalls, conservation authorities, etc.) 10
Total 1847

 

Source: Niagara Region. Niagara Culture Plan: Appendix 1 – Cultural Mapping Summary Report.
Retrieved from: https://www.niagararegion.ca/government/initiatives/culture-plan/pdf/App1-CulturePlan.pdf

The Niagara South Coast Arts & Culture Route is a self-guided, year-round guide to the studios and galleries across Wainfleet, Port Colborne, and Fort Erie. The scenic route on this map spans 50 kilometres of country roads, downtown shopping districts, farmland, and along a coastline of pristine beaches and rocky shores.

Source: City of Port Colborne. Arts & Culture Route
Retrieved from: http://portcolborne.ca/page/arts_and_culture

The Summer Fun Guide website, which lists sites by region in Ontario, includes an Arts and Culture category of listings. Within that category, there is a directory of 25 Museums, Galleries & Historical Sites in Niagara Region: http://www.summerfunguide.ca/niagara-region/museums-galleries-historical-sites.html ; and a directory of 5 Theatre and Performing Arts sites: http://www.summerfunguide.ca/niagara-region/theatre-performing-arts.html

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