MISSION: The Cultural Alliance of Niagara (CAN) is a member-powered collaborative that positions Niagara County’s flourishing arts and cultural sector as a vital regional asset and visitor destination, essential to the region’s economic success and quality of life.
HISTORY: CAN was formed in the mid-1980s when cultural tourism was taking shape in Niagara County. An early advocate of this important economic development strategy, CAN quickly became a critical partnership between the region’s arts, cultural, and heritage organizations to raise awareness of its destinations and to secure funding and support.
During the 1990s, CAN collected data to demonstrate the remarkable economic impact of Niagara County’s arts, heritage, and cultural sites and shared the information at an annual reception for state and county public officials. The group later coordinated “training days” for Leadership Niagara, highlighting Niagara County’s cultural profile, and continues to update and distribute the data through a collaborative marketing brochure.
Today, CAN’s goal is to increase familiarity and foster partnerships among business, community, and civic leaders in Niagara County and to integrate the sector into the life of its residents. ASI works closely with CAN by providing administrative support and guidance.
Check out Arts Niagara, CAN’s new events calendar highlighting the exciting arts and cultural activities in Niagara County.