Director and Curator
Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
As the Director & Curator at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, Ally Spongr provides dynamic leadership to the Center’s operations, exhibitions and initiatives. Throughout the development of the Heritage Center, Ally worked creatively with the project team to bring the stories of freedom seekers to the forefront of the Underground Railroad narrative. With a background in arts and culture, she brings enthusiasm for the advancement of Niagara’s cultural assets and dedication to local community. Previously, Ally held positions at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, Anna Kaplan Contemporary, and Arts Services Initiative of Western New York. She holds her BFA in Fine Arts and Art History, and has completed courses for her MA in Museum Studies at SUNY Buffalo State College.
The authentic stories shared at the recently opened Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center are the culmination of years of thorough historical research and community-led processes. Ally Spongr guided the development of the Heritage Center’s interpretation, with the objective of shifting the focus from benevolent abolitionists to freedom seekers themselves. Her passion and understanding for social justice has been applied through many aspects of the development of the new museum. Ally’s work is geared towards the appropriate representation of those of African descent who stood, and stand today, against oppression. The Heritage Center’s team is taking a creative approach to leading a pivotal shift in how history is accessed and understood.