Niagara’s Cultural Capital of Canada program is providing new opportunities for residents and visitors to experience Niagara's cultural attractions and assets; improving access for children and youth to cultural activities through school and after-school programs; increasing awareness of Niagara's history, identity and creativity among provincial, national, and international audiences; and creating a legacy that, in conjunction with Niagara’s comprehensive Niagara Culture Plan, will support the region's creative workers and cultural industries. Guided by the theme of Crossing Boundaries: Niagara’s Creative Spirit, Niagara’s program will cross the spectrum of cultural expression including contemporary art exhibits; 1812 bicentennial celebrations and interpretations; dance; a newly commissioned choral work; digital and multi-media exhibits; a new play; and cultural events for and by aboriginal, multicultural, francophone, youth groups and more. About the Cultural Capital of Canada Designation: The Cultural Capital of Canada designation is awarded on the basis of a candidate community’s achievements and its ongoing commitment to culture. Designated municipalities must also propose a series of projects that celebrates culture and integrates it into overall community planning. The program’s objective is to stimulate sustained community support for culture.