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Cultural Dancers perform at Windsor's 125th Birthday Celebration in May 2017

City of Windsor arts, culture and heritage opportunities

From time to time, the City of Windsor - through the Cultural Affairs Office - offers arts, culture and heritage opportunities in the form of public art calls, project funding, and opportunities to participate in the local creative community.

Current Calls include:

Poet Laureate Selection

Deadline to apply/nominate: Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

The City of Windsor's Poet Laureate program is a vital piece of the local creative community. Since 2011, the program has helped develop and cultivate an engaged, all-ages local audience that appreciates and responds to the literary arts. Windsor is a community that prides itself on capturing, preserving and sharing its stories. This goal has been accomplished, time and again, through the poet laureate program. The program has also set an example for other Canadian communities for what is possible through a responsive and interactive poet laureate program that truly engages a community. In 2019, current Poet Laureate, Marty Gervais will reach the end of his term. In recognition of his tenure in the role and to honour his contributions to the development of the program, City Council has appointed Mr. Gervais the Poet Laureate Emeritus for the City of Windsor. In this new leadership and mentorship role in the poet laureate program, Mr. Gervais will continue to be recognized as an ambassador for the literary arts in Windsor.

The City will move forward in 2018/2019 with the selection process to choose a new poet laureate, as well as Windsor's first Youth Poet Laureate. The program guidelines and submission form are available above. This includes information on eligibility requirements, term limits, available honorariums and additional information.   

Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) Grant Program
Next Funding Round Opens January 14, 2019

Link to program information.

The City of Windsor's Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) invests in the soul of our city by providing financial assistance to locally-developed arts, culture and heritage projects that provide exciting, surprising and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community. This funding initiative supports the City of Windsor's priority to build a strong and stable creative community that contributes to a prosperous creative economy and to making Windsor an amazing place to live. Visit for info on ACHF program guidelines, objectives and key priorities, eligibility requirements, consultation requirements, applications, current deadlines, final reports, past recipients and more. ACHF funding is administered through two funding rounds per year.

Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) Jurors Needed for 2019

The City of Windsor is looking for would-be jurors who possess a brain for business, an eye for art, and a heart for a cultural community. Juror Applications are being accepted now for the exciting sixth year of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund (ACHF) grant program initiative that awards project grants to deserving individuals and cultural organizations to help stimulate creative and economic growth in Windsor. If you feel you have the qualities needed to help select winning entries, please apply today. The deadline to apply to be a juror is Thursday, December 13, 2018. This is a terrific opportunity to spend a small amount of time to make a big difference in our community.

Become a Pathway to Potential Broker: Offer Program Participants a 90% Discount to Increase Accessibility in Arts, Culture and Healthy Living

Through the City of Windsor's Pathway to Potential (P2P) Program, you have an opportunity to offer your program participants a 90% discount on their experience with you.

  • Eligibility: Program eligibility is based on an annual income.
  • Funding: Funding is limited and based on a first come first serve basis.
  • Pay 10%: The registrant is responsible to pay 10% of the program cost at the time of registration.

Interested?: If you are interested in finding out if your arts, culture and healthy living programs can be a part of the City's P2P Family, and for additional information on P2P Sports, Arts, and Culture Brokerage Programs, please visit, call 519-255-2489, or email

Pathway to Potential is funded by the City of Windsor and the County of Essex.

wall space: Community Art Gallery

Link to program information.

Current Application Deadlines:

  • Spring / Summer 2017 - applications are still being accepted as space remains available.
  • Fall / Winter 2017 - applications are due by Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. The exhibits will be on display from September to February 2017.

wall space: Community Art Gallery is a pilot project administered through the City of Windsor's Cultural Affairs Office in partnership wiht City of Windsor Community Centres to help you tell your story of Windsor. The program seeks to establish community wall spaces in various City of Windsor neighbourhoods to showcase, promote and share creative work. Current participating locations include teh Gino and Liz Marcus Community Complex (1168 Drouillard Road) and the South Windsor Recreation Complex (2555 Pulford). The program is open to all City of Windsor residents, and all visual mediums. Exhibitions can be by individual artists or by a group of artists. All applications are required to review the Terms and Conditions and complete the Artist Application form.

Windsor Culture Map - Community Stories

Link to program information.

As part of the Windsor Culture Map, we invite individuals, groups and organizations to submit Community Stories that help create Windsor's unique sense of place. City of Windsor Culture staff review the information submitted for accuracy and content prior to publication. Submissions require the following: 250 to 300 words (in English, but also in the writer's native tongue, if possible); 4 photographs (high quality, high resolution, copywright-free); and captions for each of the photographs. Submissions must be sent to, with the subject line: "Community Stories Submission". Submissions are accepted year-round.

Our Space Program

Link to program information.

Individuals, organizations, artists, performers, and cultural activitis are encouraged to create an activity, event, performance or showcase within the Windsor Sculpture Park. The Cultural Affairs team will work with you to enhance our civic spaces, engage audiences and promote an appreciation for arts, culture and heritage in the City of Windsor. This program will enhance and transform our Windsor Sculpture Park through partnership projects that cleebrate and explore identity, and develop community connections and sense of place through organizing creative opportunities. Proposals must be for an interactive activity and can feature two or three-dimensional work or digital media, such as video projects. They may offer participatory experiences or include performance components. All proposals will be considered by the Cultural Affairs team and selected based on the criteria stated in the proposal form. Connect, develop, and display with your friends, family and neighbourhoods in the Windsor Sculpture Park.

Stay tuned for future arts, culture and heritage opportunities.​​


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