St. Catharines is the biggest city in the Niagara Region of Canada. The city is known for its nickname "The Garden City" due to its 1,000 acres of meticulously groomed trails, gardens and parks. The first settlers of St. Catharines city during the year 1780 were Loyalists: Sergeant Jacob Dittrick, who came to Dick's Creek area and Private John Hainer of Butler's Rangers. The name was derived from Richard Pierpoint, another Loyalist who was referred to as Captain Dick and settled close to the creek.
Rodman Hall offers various exhibition programs each and every year. It features works of national, local and international artists as well as a permanent collection of more than 850 outdoor installations, sculptures, photographs, and paintings. Before, Rodman Hall was a public-run gallery, but became affiliated with Brock University when it suffered financial hardships. The Niagara Artists' Centre is a non-profit, charitably-registered group of artists who are dedicated to serving the art-enthusiasts and working artists of Niagara. It features different exhibitions all through the year, like sculptures, abstract paintings, new media installations and film screenings. Recently, the Centre transferred out of its previous site on Bond Street to St. Paul Street within the city's downtown.
St. Catharines has a Folk Arts Council, that runs many different festivals throughout the month of May, ending with the "Folk Arts in the Park." This festival takes place within Montebello Park. Now in its fifth year, the Art of Peace Festival strives to increase community bonding and engagement in the arts, as it reflects peace all over the globe. Montebello Park has lots of performing arts events, open mic program, community art workshops, Speak Your Peace, elementary school art exhibition, vendors, and Peace Through Art Stations (where peace give information and offer arts activities to people). The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival is a non-profit organization that presents 3 popular wine festivals within St. Catharines and Niagara throughout the year. The Niagara Icewine Festival takes place all through the winter season, the Niagara New Vintage Festival occurs during summertime, and the Niagara Wine Festival takes place throughout the fall season. The latter festival is the most celebrated, as it attracts several tourists to the region each and every year. The event is simply known as "Grape and Wine," and it draws a lot of individuals, ranging from young teen partiers to wine connoisseurs. The SCENE Music Festival is a one-day event that is held in numerous pubs and clubs downtown. There are in fact lots of famous bands from different genres that have already played in the event.
Working with the Downtown Creative Cluster Master Plan, St. Catharines City has tried to help revitalize and develop the downtown area. They have an office available so as to help coordinate businesses. Amongst the services they offer include: Retention & Site Selection Assistance, Business Recruitment, Corporate Visitation Program, Small Business Development, Industry Workshops and Seminars, Participatory Community Development, Physician Recruitment, Market Assistance and Research, International and Domestic Marketing, Event Planning, and Tourism Promotion.