Niagara Artists Centre (NAC) is more than just an art gallery - in fact staff at this funky art spot in downtown call it your friendly artist run centre.
Managed by the charismatic artist Stephen Remus and staff, NAC is one of only a handful artist run centres in Canada. NAC works to distinguish Niagara through contemporary visual art.
As a grass-roots organization they develop and promote regional artists. NAC has 296 members and a twelve-member board of directors, comprised of a majority of working artists, elected annually at a general meeting.
The Show Room Gallery gives artists a place to present their work. NAC regularly shows films and hosts lectures and community gatherings.
It's most notable community event is STRUTT and has grown to become Canada's largest wearable art show with over 1000 guests at this year's event.
I have been fortunate enough to be involved in STRUTT over the last few years. As a volunteer and as an artist participant in the event, myself and two others created wearable art piece made out of purple cabbage that was chosen as one of the winning pieces in the 2008 event.
You will definitely want to be in the loop on what happens at the NAC, it's always different and always fun.