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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:

Arts, Culture & Heritage Fund (ACHF) Grant Program

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 www.achfwindsor.ca for current deadlines; 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.


Youth Poet Laureate (2021-2023)

The City of Windsor is calling for applications or nominations for the city’s next youth poet laureate. The city's current youth poet laureate, Samantha Badaoa, will reach the end of her term in 2021. 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. The program aims to promote poetry to a wide and appreciative audience while strengthening the public’s relationship to literature by celebrating poetry, writing and the contribution of poets to the cultural life of our diverse community. Windsor has set an example for other Canadian communities for what is possible through a responsive and interactive poet laureate program that truly engages a community while allowing the City to help capture, preserve and share Windsor’s unique stories.

Interested youth poets are encouraged to apply and may also be nominated for consideration for the role. The Youth Poet Laureate position will serve to honour a Windsor poet aged 14 to 24 years who writes excellent poetry and focuses on themes that are relevant to youth who live in the city of Windsor. This poet will provide a strong youth voice and will reach out to other youth to inspire interest in poetry and the literary arts. As an ambassador for youth, poetry, language and the arts, the youth poet laureate will create artistic work reflecting Windsor’s young people and the places, sites, identity and/or life of the city’s youth.

Applicants must reside in the city of Windsor and have a strong connection to the local arts, culture and heritage community. Through this process, the City is seeking out diverse voices and perspectives, including Black, Indigenous and People of Colour and equity-seeking writers and poets. Those working in non-traditional literary art forms (including spoken word artists and storytellers) are encouraged to apply.  


'Windsor's Resilient Voices' Poetry Initiative

The City of Windsor's Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais and Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern are planning to bring poetry to the Windsor community in an innovative way this year. 'Windsor's Resilient Voices' is an initiative to celebrate National Poetry Month by placing short, six-line inspiration poems on interior advertisement spaces across the Transit Windsor fleet of buses and throughout select facilities beginning April 1, 2021.

All interested Windsor poets, particularly youth (aged 14 to 24), are encouraged to submit original poems on the theme of 'resilience' to Windsor's poets laureate. Gervais and Mulhern will work together to select approximately one hundred poems from those submitted to be printed for display on buses and throughout the community.

The League of Canadian Poets selected 'Resilience' as the theme for National Poetry Month this year, explaining the theme as follows: “What does it mean to be resilient? We meet resilience in every corner we’ve ever been backed into, every hardship that we endure. Resilience is geographical, spiritual, historical. It’s the fight against climate change, the inner battle with mental health, the outcry for human rights and an end to systemic racism. Resilience is the backbone of generations of trauma, the silence at the dinner table, the bow to culture’s violin. Resilience is the courage to start each day anew. This National Poetry Month 2021, we celebrate, reflect on and respect the resilience that has made us who we are.”

In placing the selected poems on buses and in facilities throughout Windsor, Gervais and Mulhern are taking the opportunity to deliver on the goals of the City of Windsor’s poet laureate program, which include promoting poetry to a wide and appreciative audience while strengthening the public’s relationship to literature. Since the start of the pandemic, the poets laureate have written over seventy poems that have been shared online.

Funding to print and display the selected poems will be provided through the City of Windsor’s poet laureate program, and Gervais and Mulhern will oversee the submission and selection process. In addition to publication on the advertisements, the City will also provide certificates of recognition to the poets whose work is selected for the project.  

Submission Examples:

The Best of Times by Marty Gervais

We may think the only world is the one
that is virtual - a laptop or smartphone
but turn away, step into a garden, go for a walk
pretend for a moment and gather up the clouds
above you and give yourself a moment to dream

To Survive by Mary Ann Mulhern

On my river-walk
I see a goose
Wing broken and torn
A duck with a damaged bill
They surive wind, ice and snow
We will too


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 www.pathwaytopotential.ca, call 519-255-2489, or email p2p@citywindsor.ca.

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


Street Space - Painted Crosswalks

Street Space is paving the way for painted crosswalks to be installed in various Windsor neighbourhoods to showcase, promote, and share creative work. Opportunities within Street Space include increased community involvement; enhancement of the cultural experience for residents and visitors; and celebration of Windsor's arts, culture, and heritage.  Helping you tell your story of Windsor

wall space: Community Art Gallery

Link to wall space 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 with 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 the 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 Culture Map 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, copyright-free); and captions for each of the photographs. Submissions must be sent to culturalaffaris@citywindsor.ca, with the subject line: "Community Stories Submission". Submissions are accepted year-round.


Our Space Program

Link to Our Space program information.

Individuals, organizations, artists, performers, and cultural activities 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 celebrate 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.


2020 Windsor Centenarians

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens is calling all 2020 Windsor Centenarians! Our Centenarians are part of a generation that helped define our community and are living links to the rich and varied history of our city. To help capture and share their stories, our Mayor is asking residents to step forward if you or a loved one is celebrating the milestone of 100 years or greater in 2020. You have stories to tell. Please get in touch with the Mayor's office at mayoro@citywindsor.ca. Mayor Dilkens is looking forward to the opportunity to visit with some of these incredible people throughout this year to thank them for being part of Windsor’s Story.


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

 

 

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