Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor's Arts Award statue, logo, and 2020 recipient holding award

2024 Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards and Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) accepting applications

The City of Windsor and the Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) are pleased to be partnering once again to deliver the 2024 WEA awards and grants celebration as well as the Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards (WMAA). The biennial awards and grants were last presented in 2022. This year, WEA and the City of Windsor will present the awards on Friday, May 31, 2024, at Mackenzie Hall in Sandwich Town. Details of that celebration will be shared closer to the event date.

Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards 2024

The WMAA celebrate and recognize those individuals and organizations that support locally developed arts – providing exciting, surprising and meaningful opportunities to strengthen Windsor’s creative community. Only Windsor residents are eligible for the WMAA. Submissions for the WMAA will be accepted from Monday, February 5, to Sunday, March 31, 2024. There are three categories for the WMAA:

  • Submission Form - Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards
  • 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, practicing or demonstrating art. Art is broadly conceived to include all genres and disciplines, including performance, visual, literary, media, and design.
  • Arts Organization - $1,000, plus a keepsake award. Presented to an arts organization that demonstrates a clear commitment to creating, practicing 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.

“The Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards program is one of many components of Council’s overall significant investment in arts, culture and heritage in Windsor," said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. "I am pleased to once again partner with WEA to present our awards together in a meaningful way that celebrates a broad spectrum of artists, arts organizations and creatives. These programs provide a further opportunity to support, encourage and recognize our local artists while building on Windsor’s proud history of investment in our creative community. I encourage folks to apply for this recognition, and to join us later in May when we celebrate together once again.”

Windsor Endowment for the Arts Awards and Grants 2024

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. Any resident of Windsor and Essex County is eligible for the WEA awards and grants. WEA welcomes applications via their WEA online application portals from Monday, February 5, until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2024, for one of their 11 art grants totalling $31,000 (up from $29,000 in 2022); or for nominations for one of their 4 Art Leadership Awards of merit.

“Celebrating the vibrant spirit of our region, we invite local artists to seize the opportunity to apply for WEA art grants," said Stephanie Barnhard, President, WEA. "In nurturing our creative community, we believe the arts have the transformative power to uplift, inspire, and unite our citizens. Through these grants, we aim to fuel the imaginative flame that enriches our region’s cultural tapestry, fostering a dynamic environment where creativity flourishes and the collective spirit soars.”

Submission Guidelines - Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards

  • Submission Form - Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards
  • Nominees must be Windsor residents
  • Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by a peer
  • Nominees must be engaged in their art or arts organization within the city of Windsor
  • A nominee may be nominated for only one award per year
  • City of Windsor staff members are not eligible for an award

Submission information must include:

  • One 5 x 7 digital photograph of the nominee. Please note, the image may be used in marketing materials to promote the Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards.

Please provide one electronic copy of each of the following:

  • Signed and fully completed Submission Form
  • Support documents as requested below
  • A brief description (maximum 250 words) highlighting the contribution you believe the candidate (nominee) has made to the arts and the arts community in the City of Windsor

Please provide one electronic copy of support documents, which could include the following:

  • List of accomplishments, awards or recognition relevant to the submission
  • List of published works and/or performance appearances
  • Sample of the nominee's commitment of time and energy to an organization
  • Sample of the nominee's work (photocopies - please do not send originals)
  • Other relevant materials that would support the success of the application

Please note that support documents should not be more than a maximum of 5 pages/attachments in total.

Choosing Award Recipients

Nominations for the Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards will be juried by a panel of three judges that may include the following:

  • Community Services Commissioner
  • Executive Director of Recreation and Culture
  • Manager of Culture & Events
  • Member from the arts community
  • Member of the University of Windsor and/or St. Clair College.

Administrative support will be provided by the Culture & Events division. The recommendations made by the panel will be delivered to the Mayor for endorsement prior to the awards ceremony.

Submitting your form electronically

Please send your Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards Submission Form and all required support materials to by email.
Please type 2024 Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards Nomination/Application in the subject line of your email.

Submissions to the City of Windsor’s Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, Section 10. This personal information may be used for the purpose of processing the submission form and may become part of the public agenda at a City Council meeting or committee meeting. Questions about this collection may be directed to the Manager of Culture & Events, 519-253-2300 ext. 2726 or by mail to Freedom of Information Coordinator, Office of the City Clerk, Room 530, 350 City Hall Square West, Windsor, ON, N9A 6S1. If someone is nominating someone else for one of these awards, we ask that they inform the nominee in advance so that the nominee has adequate time to submit the supporting documents along with the nomination/application package.