Niagara Gazette — In this way, the park will be given back to nature for the fall, winter and spring, and will be allowed to recycle itself so that the artists of the next season will have more choices and greater freedom of activity.”
Artpark has continued to change with the seasons. From the groundbreaking ceremony on May 14, 1970, through the artists in residence program to the demolition of the ArtEl and to the modern era, Artpark continues to be a verb, hosting families from all over the region.
The artists-in-residence program ended in 1991 shortly after a controversial exhibit that included a giant Bible being burned.
Even with its demise, the legacy of the program lives on and is being celebrated this year with a special 40 for 40: Alumni Artists Anniversary Celebration Gallery Exhibit and an Alumni Artist’s reception before next Thursday’s 1974 Opening Night Concert.
Note: special thanks to the Niagara County Historical Society and Niagara Falls Library’s Local History Department and Maria Hayes from Artpark for providing resources for this story.Thom Jennings covers Artpark and the local music scene for the Niagara Gazette.