The Community @ Rodman Hall

We Are All Vessels

Presented in partnership with the Niagara Regional Native Centre, Soaring Eagles Indigenous Elementary and Secondary Schools, Niagara Catholic District School Board, District School Board of Niagara, Kakekalanicks/Celebration of Nations, and Ignite The Spirit of Education, with support from Dr. Peter Vietgen, Faculty of Education, Brock University.


February 28 to March 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 7, 1 pm

See the visual art of students from Soaring Eagles Indigenous Elementary and Secondary Schools and their responses to our current exhibition Always Vessels.


Wednesday, March 7, 1 to 7 pm

We are all vessels. Our bodies are carriers of knowledge. Our ways of life are ways of knowing.

Join us for the reception of the Soaring Eagles Student Art Exhibition followed by events including workshops and tours of Always Vessels and We Are All Vessels. Everyone is welcome to join us for any and all parts of this day as we celebrate community, art and Indigenous traditions.

All activities free & all welcome!

All-Day  Always Vessels exhibition & video screenings of Curator Alexandra Nahwegahbow tour of Always Vessels

1 pm – Opening of Soaring Eagles Indigenous Schools’ exhibition

3 to 5 pm  Leather Pouch Making with Crystal Zettel (drop-in)

4 to 4:45 pm ‘Ol Child (jazz band)

5:30 pm – Keynote by Tim Johnson – INDIGENOUS ART:  MEANING AND MESSAGE – Examples from world class exhibits and memorials

CLOSING  Drums and Round Dance

Schedule subject to change. Click here for event poster.

Image: Dominic Pfeiffer, Soaring Eagles Secondary Program

Interpreting Environments | The Niagara Secondary Student Juried Exhibition

Call for Submissions: Applications are due by Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 4 pm

On View: March 28 to April 15, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 29, 4:30 pm

Each year, Rodman Hall invites secondary students in Niagara to submit their work to a juried exhibition that proudly celebrates the diverse creative talent in our local secondary schools. This exhibition highlights the range of approaches students use in artmaking, and invites us to share in their expressions, perspectives, and understanding of the world around us. This year, we encourage all Niagara students from grades 9 to 12 to submit artwork that explores the theme of Interpreting Environments.

If you have any questions please contact Art Educator Michelle Nicholls at

Information page & application forms can be found here!

Second Annual Champion of the Arts Awards

Honouring Excellence in Teaching in Niagara

Carousel Players, The Niagara Symphony Orchestra, and Rodman Hall Art Centre will recognize and celebrate three outstanding elementary school teachers who inspire their students though the integration of the arts in the classroom, and across the curriculum. Continuing their 14 year tradition, Carousel Players will offer the Norah Morgan Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts. The Niagara Symphony Orchestra will celebrate a deserving music teacher with the Paul van Dongen Award for Excellence in Music Education, and Rodman Hall Art Centre will honour an educator with the Excellence in Visual Arts Education Award.

Nominations will be accepted by all three organizations from March 1 until June 30, 2018. Recipients of these awards will be announced and recognized by each organization in the 2018-2019 school year. Nomination forms for each organization are attached. All elementary school principals and teacher colleagues are invited to submit nominations for these awards. Further information and additional Champion of the Arts nomination forms can be found as follows:

Carousel Players | | 905-682-8326

Carousel Players is an award-winning professional theatre company for young audiences, committed to the development of new work and the production of theatre that entertains and challenges audiences, committed to the development of new work and the production of theatre that entertains and challenges audiences. They present inspiring, creative plays for children 5-15, and ensure their performances and outreach programs are accessible to all.

Niagara Symphony Orchestra | | 905-687-4993    

A cultural treasure for seven decades, the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is a professional orchestra of over 50 musicians providing classical and contemporary orchestral music to more than 12,000 residents of the Niagara Region annually.

Rodman Hall Art Centre | | 905-684-2925

Rodman Hall Art Centre is a contemporary art gallery in the historic Thomas Rodman Merritt House, overlooking the Walker Botanical Garden that descends to the Twelve Mile Creek. Year-round, their program connects the community with art through innovative and thought-provoking exhibitions, events, and art classes for all ages.

The Willow Community Support Services

The Willow Community Support Services began as a grassroots effort to create a long-term support system for individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions. Now operating out of Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, The Willow Community is a member-driven organization that provides a safe space to inspire ability and creativity, while recognizing the importance of belonging, and empowerment to overall mental health and well-being.

For more information on upcoming programs or to become a member, please visit their website:

Foster Festival's 2018 Adult Drama ClubFoster Festival’s 2018 Adult Drama Club

The Foster Festival Adult Drama Club is back for our Scene Study Clinic at the Rodman Hall Art Centre.

Once again this year by popular demand we are concentrating on actors and acting! Join us at the Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines for four sessions in which we’ll explore acting problems and solutions, warm-up techniques, auditioning tips, and how to bring your best game into the rehearsal room.

Whether you love being on the boards, want to improve your public speaking skills and confidence, or are simply curious about what makes an acting performance memorable, you’ll love our SCENE STUDY CLINIC!

We will have a variety of scenes and monologues to play with but we’d love you to bring in material that you are currently working on – self-written or published, under 5 minutes please so that we can work on a number of scenes each evening.

All sessions are FREE to attend.

  1. February 28, 2018  Rodman Hall 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  2. March 28, 2018  Rodman Hall 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  3. April 25, 2018  Rodman Hall 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  4. May 30, 2018  Rodman Hall 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for Foster Fridays at Cairns Hall in the PAC. On the second Friday of each run, Adult Drama Club members will receive a 15% discount off regular ticket prices for our three productions. Adult Drama Club Members will be given the discount code at the Drama Club Sessions.

The performance will include a post-show Q&A TALKBACK with the Actors in The Foster Festival’s new FORE & AFT LOUNGE at the Performing Arts Centre. Enjoy a coffee or raise a glass with us while enjoying an informal chat with the actors.

Please contact Danny Custodio @ 905-688-5550 x.5802 or

Student Internships and Co-Op Opportunities

Past Programs

Interpreting Trees | Niagara Investment in Culture Program | Fall 2017

Students visited Rodman Hall and had the opportunity to look at and experience our surroundings in new ways by participating in a garden walk from two perspectives, followed by responsive art-making. Local students in grades 7 to 12 from seven Niagara schools participated in this program in October 2017. The garden was explored by Artist Reinhard Reitzenstein and his work Carolina Blue, installed in the Rodman Hall garden was the jumping-off point for this project. The Garden was also discussed from the perspective of an arborist. Students then participated in art-making workshops where they created sculptures of trees using plaster bandages on wire armatures, and the resulting work was exhibited in many of the participating schools.

This program was presented by Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University in partnership with the Region of Niagara, Niagara Investment in Culture Fund.

Image: Installation shot of Reinhard Reitzenstein, Carolina Blue, 2017, cast bronze (right), Carolina Poplar tree (left), cerulean blue rust guard paint, turpentine. Located in the Walker Botanical Gardens of Rodman Hall Art Centre.

Please click here to visit the photo gallery


Culture Days | Sculpture Explorations Workshop | Fall 2017

A featured experience of the Fall 2017 Culture Days Open House at Rodman Hall, we invited visitors to get messy with us as they worked with unique plaster bandage sculpture materials & armatures. Participants created a variety of sculptures including trees, animals, figures, or used their imagination to create a unique sculpture. They were then invited to paint their masterpieces with acrylic paints.

This program was made possible by funding provided by the City of St. Catharines Culture Days activity program fund.

Each September, across Canada, Culture Days features thousands of free, hands-on, interactive activities where the public can discover the world of artists, creators, heritage experts, architects, curators, designers and other creative professionals in their communities. We look forward to inviting you to experience Culture Days at Rodman Hall again this September!