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Mayor Dilkens with recipients of the 2018 Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards

2020 Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards - Call for Applications/Nominations  

The Windsor 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 every two years in partnership with Windsor Endowment for the Arts.

2020 application and nomination phase

This year, applications and nominations will be accepted from Thursday, January 2, 2020 through to Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Late submissions will not be accepted. Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by a peer.

The 2020 Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards will be presented in unison with the Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) awards and grants on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the Capitol Theatre--in honour of the theatre's 100th anniversary.

2020 WEA's - Windsor Endowment for the Arts

At the May 13 ceremony, the Windsor Endowment for the Arts will present merit awards, arts infrastructure grants, emerging artist grants, the Elizabeth Havelock grant, the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation youth grant in the arts, and the Eric Jackman youth grant in the arts. For details on the 2020 WEA application phase, visit   

Windsor Mayor's 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