Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) and Mayor’s Arts Awards Seek Nominations and Applications for 2022

The Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) and the City of Windsor are partnering once again to deliver the 2022 WEA awards and grants celebration as well as the Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards (WMAA).

The biennial awards and grants were last presented in 2020 in a virtual celebration in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This year, WEA and the City plan to present the awards at an in-person event in May. Details of that celebration are still being worked out between the partners.

Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards

The WMAA celebrate the individuals and organizations that develop and promote the Soul of our City by recognizing those who support locally developed arts – providing exciting, surprising, and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community. Applications and nominations for the WMAA will be accepted now through March 25, 2022. Visit CityWindsor.ca to apply. There are three categories for the WMAA:

  • Individual Artist - $1,000 plus a keepsake award. Presented to an individual artist engaged in a broad spectrum of activities having to do with creating, practising or demonstrating art. Art is broadly conceived to include all genres and disciplines including performance, visual, literary, media/new media, and design.
  • Arts Organization - $1,000 plus a keepsake award. Presented to an arts organization that demonstrates a clear commitment to creating, practising and demonstrating art within the community.
  • Arts Volunteer - $500 plus a keepsake award. Presented to an individual that supports the arts by providing their own time and services without receiving payment for their volunteer work.

Windsor Endowment for the Arts Awards and Grants

Launched in 2010, the Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) Arts Awards and Grants program is a biennial granting program offered to recognize and support creative projects from a diverse range of homegrown talent from Windsor-Essex.

WEA welcomes applications via their online application platform now until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022, for one of their 11 art grants totalling $29,000, or for nominations for one of their 4 Art Leadership Awards of merit.

The WEA Arts Awards and Grants available for 2022 are as follows:

  • Arts Leadership Awards - Four awards of merit are presented to recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals, philanthropists, businesses and/or organizations devoted to the arts in the following areas: Community, Literary, Performing, and Visual Arts.
  • Emerging Artist Grants - $3,000 each. Three grants are presented to support the professional and creative development of emerging artists in the following areas: Literary Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.
  • New for 2022 – Emerging Artist in Film Arts Grant - $3,000. One grant is presented to a local filmmaker to create a short fiction film, short documentary, or feature-length documentary.
  • Arts Infrastructure Grants - $3,000 each. Four grants are presented to individual professional artists/arts professionals, ad hoc groups, collectives, organizations and businesses dedicated to developing the arts in the following areas: Community Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.
  • Elizabeth Havelock Grant in the Arts - $2,000. One grant is presented to foster and support the artistic excellence of the mid-career artist in any artistic discipline.
  • The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation Youth Grant in the Arts - $2,000. One grant is presented to a graduating high school student registered in an arts program at a college or university.
  • The Eric Jackman Youth Grant in the Arts - $1,000. One grant is presented to a Grade 11 or Grade 12 student who completes a summer internship at an arts organization in 2022.

Quotes

“Art changes lives. Artists give us the stories, works and experiences that shape our city. The creative sector has been hard hit by the ongoing pandemic as we all continue to face challenging times. I am pleased to once again partner with WEA to present the Mayor’s Arts Awards alongside the WEAs. These programs provide a further opportunity to support, encourage and recognize our local artists by showing them how much we appreciate, value, respect, and need them. I encourage folks to apply for this recognition, and to join us later in May when we celebrate together.”
- Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens

“With the reopening of our region on the horizon, WEA is proud to offer grants to local artists for creative projects that will reinvigorate the vibrancy of our community’s arts and cultural spaces, reconnect artists with their audiences, and rekindle the magic that comes from experiencing a shared work of art.”
- Stephanie Barnhard, President, Windsor Endowment for the Arts

Please visit www.wea-arts.com and the Mayor’s Arts Awards for the latest information.

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