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Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor Drew Dilkens with 2016 Mayor's Arts Awards Winners

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2016
Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards

Individual Artist - Erin Armstrong

Erin is a talented young artist well known for her work in the performing arts in the City of Windsor, and throughout our Region. As the Creator and Director of Music Moves Kids, Erin is an exuberant teacher, producer, director and performer. She is described as having a “creative energy that lights up every room she enters, every stage she performs on and every production she is involved in.” As a mentor, Erin inspires children to be involved in the arts, and facilitates numerous opportunities for them to engage with the public and with professionals from the broader arts community. As a performer, she gives everything she has to audiences whether she is acting alongside community theatre groups, or taking centre stage as a soloist with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. In the words of her nominator, Erin “focuses so much of her boundless vitality on strengthening the opera scene and the arts community of this area.” 

Arts Organization - Literary Arts Windsor - BookFest Windsor

Literary Arts Windsor is well known in our community as a not-for-profit organization, led by hard-working, dedicated volunteers, that has been responsible for putting together international-quality literary events in our City for over fourteen years. The organization’s annual BookFest Windsor event is recognized as one of Canada’s Top Literary Festivals by Canadian Geographic. Through this festival, the organization showcases up and coming authors (including local writers), and partners with community organizations, school boards, libraries and educational institutions to bring the literary arts to life through readings, discussions and workshops for audiences of all ages, year after year. In 2016, BookFest Windsor will celebrate its 15th annual event highlighting the very best of the literary arts.

Arts Volunteer - Elissa Abboud

At only twenty years of age, Elissa Abboud won the 2015 National Fresh Voices Activism Award – recognizing how her artistic work helps new Canadians adjust to life in Canada. An immigrant herself, Elissa is a percussion musician who uses dance, drumming, drama, media technology and film to express herself and give a voice to those who work with her. As a volunteer, she has worked with many artists and organizations in the City of Windsor. She began working with Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women (W5), as a facilitator for a drumming workshop to those learning English as a Second Language. Her confidence and passion has inspired many newcomers to the community, and led to the development of From Africa to the Middle East – an ongoing drum workshop. As the Youth Initiatives Mobilizer for the W5 Youth Program, Elissa is described as possessing an enthusiasm for sharing music with young adults that is “remarkable effective and emotionally healing.”


Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards  

Mayor's Arts Awards LogoThe Mayor's Arts Awards 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.

These awards of merit have no monetary value.

The award program is one component of the Municipal Cultural Master Plan approved by City Council in 2010 to strengthen and develop culture in the City.

The awards are presented in partnership with Windsor Endowment for the Arts.

Award Categories 

Mayor's Arts Awards: Artist - 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 within the following disciplines: performance, visual, literary, media/new media, and design. 

Mayor's Arts Awards: Arts Organization - presented to an arts organization that demonstrates a clear commitment to creating, practicing and demonstrating art within the community. 

Mayor's Arts Awards: Volunteer - presented to an individual that supports the arts by providing their own time and services without receiving payment for their volunteer work.   

Nomination Guidelines 

  • Nominees for the Mayor's Arts Awards must live, work, volunteer, attend school, display or perform 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
Nomination 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 Mayor's Arts Awards.

Please provide 3 copies of each of the following:

  • Signed and fully completed Nomination Form
  • 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 3 copies of Support documents, which could include:

  • A list of accomplishments, awards or recognition relevant to the nomination
  • A list of published works and/or performance appearances
  • A sample of the nominee's commitment of time and energy to an organization
  • A 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 in total.

Choosing Award Recipients

Nominations for the Mayor's Arts Awards will be juried by a panel of three judges consisting of:

  • Community Development and Health Commissioner and Corporate Leader Social Development, Health, Recreation and Culture
  • A member from the Arts Community
  • A member of the University of Windsor and/or St. Clair College

Administrative support will be provided by the Cultural Affairs department. The recommendations made by the panel will be delivered to the Mayor for endorsement prior to the awards ceremony.

Submitting your Nomination Form

Forward the fully completed and signed Nomination Form, along with any support documents to:

The Corporation of the City of Windsor
c/o Recreation & Culture, Cultural Affairs Section
2450 McDougall St
Windsor, ON   N8X 3N6