MISSION: The Cultural Alliance of Niagara 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.
The Cultural Alliance of Niagara (CAN) was formed in the mid 1980s as a partnership between the arts, cultural, and heritage organizations of Niagara County in an effort to raise awareness of Niagara’s destinations and to secure funding and support. The concept of cultural tourism was taking shape in the region, and CAN was an early advocate of this important economic development strategy.
During the 1990s CAN collected data to demonstrate the remarkable economic impact of Niagara County’s arts, heritage and cultural sites. This Information was shared at an annual reception for state and county public officials. The group coordinated “training days” for Leadership Niagara that highlighted Niagara County’s cultural profile. CAN implemented a collaborative marketing brochure which it continues to update and distribute.
Currently, CAN’s goal is to increase familiarity and ultimately partnerships with business, community and civic leaders so that the sector has a more valued and integrated role in the life of Niagara County residents.
Arts Services Initiatives works closely with the Cultural Alliance of Niagara, providing this group with administrative support and guidance.
Mailing Address: Cultural Alliance of Niagara, PO Box 209, Lewiston, NY 14092