$43,600 awarded to 22 recipients in first 2021 round of funding for the City of Windsor’s Arts, Culture & Heritage (ACHF) grant program

Forty-nine local artists and creators applied to the City of Windsor’s first round of ACHF funding earlier this year. Of these, twenty-two applicants – sixteen individuals, and six organizations – will receive support for arts, culture and heritage projects in the community.

The funding requests totalled about $197,000. With $43,600 available in this round, the competition was high, and the jury had to make difficult decisions. The jury selected a strong mix of projects across genres, including the visual and fine arts (oil paintings, sculpture); performing arts (theatre, dance); film; music (original, acoustic, pop, opera, chamber); literary arts and storytelling; podcasts; and some important projects surrounding diversity, inclusivity, multiculturalism, heritage and the celebration of humanity in the city of Windsor.

Since the launch of this program in 2014:

  • 652 applications have been submitted for consideration for funding
  • 330 individual projects have received funding
  • $670,400 has been awarded in project funding to local arts, culture and heritage initiatives benefitting our community.

“Windsor has a proud history of investment in our creative community,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “We show our commitment to the arts through ownership and maintenance of heritage sites like Willistead Manor and the Capitol Theatre, and state-of-the-art culture spaces like the facility housing the Chimczuk Museum and the Art Gallery of Windsor. We invest in public art and the innovative Poet Laureate program. We form strong partnerships that help create spaces like the University’s School of Creative Arts, and experiences like those offered by WIFF. The ACHF program remains a strong tool to help support local creators, individuals and organizations, in delivering projects that help grow and develop new audiences while fostering a greater appreciation for arts, culture and heritage in Windsor.”

The City extends congratulations to the following 2021 Round 1 recipients:

Walter Cassidy: $4,000. “Lost & Found History of 2SLGBTQIA.” Funding to support creation of a document of the 2SLGBTQIA community history in Windsor-Essex.

Austin Di Pietro: $3,500. “The Bishop Boys album.” Funding to write, record and distribute a full-length album of original music.

Angelina Ebegbuzie: $2,500. “Our Truth, Our Story.” Funding to produce, edit and present an original documentary telling the stories of Windsor’s Black community.

Leslie McCurdy: $2,500. “What I Know Now.” Funding to edit, rehearse, record and present a performance piece focusing on Black history.

Frank Varga: $2,500. “Somewhere Along the Crosswalk.” Funding to produce, edit and present a local indie film about life and community in small towns.

4th Wall Music: $2,000. “2021-2022 Concert Season.” Funding to support the new season of classical chamber music, other genres, and original works by local composers.

Arts Collective Theatre (ACT): $2,000. “North of 50.” Funding to produce and present new stories for the stage with seniors.

Eric Branget: $2,000. “The Fantasy Fantasia Podcast.” Funding to produce, edit, present and promote new episodes of a locally made podcast.

Bill Dileva: $2,000. “The Giggle Mat.” Funding to produce and present episodes of a locally made children’s YouTube show.

Windsor Dance eXperience: $2,000. “Happy Ever After – Movie.” Funding to create, film and present an original indie dance film.

Donna Jean Mayne: $2,000. “The Golden Ear.” Funding to sketch and study for a future sculptural tribute to Rosalie Trombley.

Dane Roberts: $2,000. “Full-length album.” Funding to write, record, produce and present an original album on the theme of resilience.

Timothy C. Swaddling: $2,000. “Manifests Recording.” Funding to record, engineer, mix and master a debut album of original material.

Windsor Feminist Theatre: $2,000. “Letters to Grace.” Funding to promote and present a live version of an original theatrical work.

Abridged Opera Co.: $1,500. “Bite-Sized Bastien & Bastienne.” Funding to produce, rehearse and present a live, socially distanced performance of Mozart’s opera.

Bangladesh-Canada Association of Windsor-Essex: $1,500. “Boishakhi Celebration of Bangla New Year.” Funding to produce and present an online celebration encouraging inclusivity and featuring local artists.

Maria Belenkova-Buford: $1,500. “A Craftsman’s Journey.” Funding to create, edit and present an original film celebrating diversity and heritage.

Ostoro Petahtegoose: $1,500. “We Will Come for Your House.” Funding to research, write and edit an anthology of short local ‘ghost stories’ that draw on Indigenous identity and experiences.

Rachel Pieters: $1,500. “Queen for a Day.” Funding to create, frame, and present oil paintings and drawings of local drag queens in connection with Pride Weekend.

Ted Lamont: $1,100. “Stereobabe.” Funding to produce, release and promote three new songs and one video by a local musician.

Emily Lockhart: $1,000. “By the River.” Funding to promote and present a literary reading series spotlighting artists of Waawiiyatanong.

Michael Stasko: $1,000. “Kids on the Job.” Funding to produce, edit, score and present an original local indie film.

Of their collective experience working as part of the ACHF Jury for the first funding round of the year, the jurors said, “This experience as a juror for the ACHF was both exciting and fulfilling. After engaging discussions ... we left feeling positive and proud of Windsor’s creative community.” The jurors noted that they worked to select projects that would make the greatest impact in representing the arts in our community at this time.

The ACHF, approved by City Council, awards grants to individuals and cultural organizations to help stimulate creative and economic growth. Each project could be funded to a maximum of $5,000.

The online application portal will be open for the second round of funding in 2021 from Friday, July 2, to Friday, July 30, 2021. Further details on the program guidelines and objectives, application process, eligibility requirements, success stories from previous recipients, and deadline dates are available online at www.achfwindsor.ca.

To learn more about arts, culture and heritage services at the City of Windsor, visit www.CityWindsor.ca or call 311.

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