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Bridging-Our-Future Exhibits in public spaces provide the community an opportunity to experience original art, historic photos, or cultural treasures that reflect St. Catharines' stories, creative self-expression, experiences, and perspectives.

Each year, exhibits are displayed on a rotating basis on the 3rd floor of City Hall, in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Centennial Gardens. These exhibits are co-ordinated by the City's Cultural Services office with support from the Public Art Advisory Committee.

 St. Catharines City Hall 

 Current Exhibit


Bridging Our Future 

Bridging Our Future, an art exhibit celebrating the Niagara community coming together, is on display now until Jan. 12 on the third floor at City Hall.

More than 200 people helped create this mobile mural during 2017 Pow Wow in October at Montebello Park. The mural is made up of five canvases designed to be displayed together. It explores a vision emerging from First Nations culture, as well as new connections and friendships, between Native and non-Native peoples.

The exhibit reception is set for Thursday Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. on the third floor of City Hall, near Council Chambers. All are welcome to attend. 


An exhibit space on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, outside Council Chambers displays two to four exhibits each year. 

Coming Soon! 




FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre


Current Exhibit in the Film House Gallery 

Leading the Way: Pioneering Women of St. Catharines


Spring 2017 to Spring 2018

Originally displayed at the St. Catharines Museum, Leading the Way profiles some of the remarkable women who have called St. Catharines home over the last 150 years and highlights the important contributions women have made in our City's history.

Exhibit presented with the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.


Current Exhibit in the Joy Williams Lobby

On the Down Beat | Seventy Years of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

April 24, 2017 to May 20, 2018

An exhibit of photographs and materials, On the Down Beat celebrates the 70-year history of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, from a community ensemble to a fully professional regional orchestra. This local display is part of a larger project to document the NSO's history in a comprehensive digital exhibit on the Virtual Museum of Canada's website.

Exhibit presented with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

Centennial Gardens

When Centennial Gardens was unveiled in 1967 it included commemorative plaques representing the 12 provinces and territories of the time. These plaques were installed on a concrete wall that surrounds the Doug Cranmer Totem Pole. The original plaques disappeared years ago but distinct blank rectangles remain. These spaces now provide an opportunity for public art exhibits.

Current Exhibit

Merritton logo

This exhibit of historic photos celebrates the vibrant history of the former Town of Merritton, now a neighbourhood within St. Catharines. 

"No matter how far they may wander, no matter how high up the ladder of success they climb, there is still no place like home." Hugh J. Main, former owner of Main Drug Store, from the book Merritton Centennial 1874-1974


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