MANDATE

The purpose and power of the Pelham Art Festival shall be:

  • to apply funds raised through the various activities of the organization for enhancement of the Pelham Library System;
  • to provide annual fine arts scholarships for deserving Pelham graduates of E.L. Crossley and Notre Dame College School;
  • to cooperate with all organizations within the community in the support and promotion of the arts;
  • to provide a coordinating and leadership force for various activities in the community which pertain to the contribution
    that the arts and artists make to our society;
  • to encourage the youth of our community in the appreciation and pursuit of the arts.

We are a proud community sponsor of Pelham Public Libraries and the arts

Festival proceeds benefit the Pelham Library System and provide annual scholarships to graduating Pelham students who are pursuing post-secondary studies in fine arts from E.L. Crossley Secondary School and Notre Dame College School. The Festival also supports various community arts projects. Pelham Art Festival has proudly donated over $458,000 back to the community to date.

COVID -19

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our dedicated team of volunteers, patrons, community partners and art lovers will come together in 2021 to present the Pelham Holiday Artfest Online event free to the public, November 19 to December 15 on our new digital platform that promotes the work of artists and supports our mandate to raise funds for the Pelham Library System, arts scholarships and community arts projects. 

Pelham Art Festival is a not-for-profit corporation.

Community Sponsor History in Review

2021- $500 annual Scholarships yearly to Pelham E.L. Crossley Secondary School graduating fine art students
2021- $500 annual Scholarships yearly to Pelham Notre Dame College School graduating fine art students
2019- $500 awarded to ‚ÄčFonthill Bandshell Committee volunteers for renovation to Jazz up The Park for Concert Series
2017 to 2021- $1000 Bursary to Pelham Niagara College Art and Design Program students
2019- $1000 awarded to Niagara District School Board Pope Francis Program
2017 to 2019- $1000 awarded yearly to Rose City KIds
2016 to 2020- $1000 annual Scholarships yearly to Pelham Notre Dame College School graduating fine art students
2014 to 2015- $500 awarded yearly to École secondaire Confédération Culinary Arts Students Program
2014- $500 awarded to Port Colborne High School Culinary Arts Students Program
2013 to 2014- $1000 sponsors yearly for the Arts at Pelham Summerfest
2013- $1000 sponsor for a Youth Art Show at Pelham Summerfest
2012- $200 sponsor for an Annual Pelham Art Association Jury Show
2012- $1000 sponsor for Niagara Nights of Art
2011-2016- $55,000 donated to a building fund for Maple Acre Fenwick branch library
2011- $1000 sponsor for a Youth Art Show at Pelham Summerfest
2010- $500 sponsor for Annual Pelham Art Association Jury Show
2009 to 2010- $1250 sponsors yearly for Pelham's Got Talent Youth Art Exhibition
2009- $500 to E.L. Crossley Secondary School for arts projects workshops
2009- $500 to Glynn A Green Public School for arts projects workshops
2009- $500 to E.W Farr Memorial Public School for arts projects workshops
2009- $500 to AK Wigg Public School for arts projects workshops
2008 to 2009- $500 sponsors yearly for Welland Kid's Art Day
2005 to 2006- $500 sponsors yearly for Welland Kid's Art Day
2002 to 2004- $200 sponsors yearly for Welland Kid's Art Day
2001 to 2020- $1000 annual Scholarships yearly to Pelham E.L. Crossley Secondary School graduating fine art students
1994 to 2000- $500 annual Scholarships yearly to Pelham E.L. Crossley Secondary School graduating fine art students
1992 to1993- $250 annual Scholarships yearly to Pelham E.L. Crossley Secondary School graduating fine art students
1990 to 1991- $200 annual Scholarships yearly to Pelham E.L. Crossley Secondary School graduating fine art students
1988 to 2020- Pelham Art Festival yearly donations to Pelham Library System projects total over $448,000
1988- Pelham Art Festival and Committee newly named hold art festival fundraiser for the new Pelham library
1987- Friends of Fonthill Library and Pelham Art Club hold Artmart Niagara art festival in the Pelham Arena for a proposed new Pelham library
1985 and 1986- Friends of Fonthill Library hold local art show fundraisers hopeful for a new Fonthill library‚Äč