The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC) is a not-for-proﬁt, arts and cultural organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of the city and its people, as well as promoting arts and cultural experiences.
The NACC hosts many events, including 12 annual gallery shows, a full theater season, opera performances, art workshops, music & dance classes, history lectures, and a "Discover Niagara" Summer Youth Program.
Located in the former Niagara Falls High School building in the heart of Niagara Falls, the NACC is home to over 75 artists and shares the history of the portage around Niagara Falls dating from early Native American civilization until the Erie Canal opened in 1825. The NACC is considered a model for historic preservation and adaptive reuse. The former classrooms have all been converted into rentable art studios and community use facilities, making the NACC the largest multi-arts center in New York.
During the 1800s, many fugitive slaves came through the Buffalo Niagara region, crossing over to Canada—and to freedom. They used the Suspension Bridge and the Cataract House ferry in Niagara Falls. They traveled on boats from Lewiston and Youngstown. And some even swam across the river to freedom. The Underground Railroad—a secret network of people who assisted those escaping slavery by providing money, food, clothing, and temporary shelter—made this journey possible.
The Underground Railroad Exhibit at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center (NACC), “Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara,” tells the story of the Underground Railroad Movement in Buffalo Niagara—and of the people who risked their lives, all in the name of freedom.
The galleries are free and open to the public.
The NACC is open:
Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday from Noon- 4p.m.
Please check the website for ongoing programs, classes and events: www.thenacc.org
1201 Pine Avenue
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Official Site of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Junior Ranger Program.
The Niagara River, as is the entire Great Lakes Basin of which the river is an integral part, is a legacy of the last Ice Age. 18,000 years ago southern Ontario was covered by ice sheets 2-3 kilometers thick.
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