2016 Recipient Notes


2016 Arts Leadership Award Recipients

Arts Leadership Award in Community Arts - LEAMINGTON ARTS CENTRE



The Leamington Arts Centre (LAC) is a not-for-profit charitable arts organization that has been serving the region as a local cultural hub and tourist destination for the past 45 years. Its state-of-the-art facility displays modern art with an emphasis on local artists and artisans. They offer free admission to the gallery as well as the Arts @ the Marina festival, bi-monthly film nights, artist receptions, weekly arts classes for youth and adults, and workshops and info sessions for artists.   


Arts Leadership Award in Literary Arts - IRENE MOORE DAVIS

Irene is long-time dedicated supporter of the art, history, and literary communities in Windsor-Essex. She has been the President of the Essex County Black Historical Society since 2009 and a committee member of Bookfest Windsor for the past ten years to name just two of the many organizations she volunteers with. Irene is also an accomplished artist and writer.   


Arts Leadership Award in Performing Arts - RICHARD HOUSEHOLDER


Richard Householder began his career as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Windsor in 1973 and retired from that post in 2006 with the rank of Professor Emeritus. He is the founder of five choral groups in Windsor-Essex. His work has been prominently featured in broadcast media. He has served as guest conductor in many venues in Windsor and Detroit.


Arts Leadership Award in Visual Arts - GIBSON ART GALLERY

The Gibson Art Gallery is the only charitable, not-for-profit public gallery in Amherstburg.  They host diverse exhibits from local artists and run the annual Art by the River Festival. They encourage students to exhibit through partnerships with the two local high schools and offer a scholarship to two graduating arts students each year.

2016 Emerging Artist Grant Recipients

Emerging Artist Grant in Community Arts - CHRIS RABIDEAU

Chris Rabideau is a community-engaged artist and advocate. He has worked as a director, producer, performer, playwright, project facilitator, grant writer and educator with various not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions in Windsor-Essex, creating theatre-based performances and projects that address social justice issues. He is currently the Artistic Director of Arts Collective Theatre (ACT), a not-for-profit organization he founded in 2014.


Emerging Artist Grant in Literary Arts - GRANT MUNROE

Kingsville’s Grant Munroe is a writer and current Director of Marketing and Publicity at Biblioasis Press in Walkerville. He intends to use this grant money to begin researching and writing a historical fiction novel set in the greater Windsor-Essex-Detroit region during the 1920s prohibition era. 


Emerging Artist Grant in Performing Arts - SPARK PLUG PLAYERS

This ensemble of recent graduates from the University of Windsor is dedicated to giving new Canadian artists a chance to break into the professional performance world. Representing Windsor in the upcoming Orlando and Winnipeg Fringe Festival, this company will be forging new territory, conducting workshops for theatre enthusiasts, and sharing their talents outside our region. Make sure to check out the Spark Plug Players performance of Martin McDonaughs, The Pillowman, in their return performance slated this summer in Windsor.  


Emerging Artist Grant in Visual Arts - ASIL MOUSSA

This recent graduate of the University of Windsor and Ryerson University not only embraces the community we live in, she uses it to inspire reflections on diversity, perception, and human interaction. Through the medium of film, she tackles big issues with simplistic, impactful, story-telling that encourages her audience to think and feel. Stay tuned for her film, The Card, coming soon to our community.     


2016 Arts Infrastructure Grant Recipients

Arts Infrastructure Grant in Community Arts - DANAH BEAULIEU

Danah Beaulieu is a professional artist and arts wellness practitioner. In 2005 she founded Art InDeed – Wellness Through Creativity, a holistic arts-based centre that offers one-on-one and group art programs to children, adults and seniors at her Windsor studio and in the community. She and her staff have worked within 25 organizations in Windsor-Essex to provide process-oriented art therapy workshops for those in our community with physical, mental and emotional health issues. She plans to develop more art programs with the proceeds of this grant.  


Arts Infrastructure Grant in Literary Arts - TERRANCE "tea jai" TRAVIS

Terrance Travis is a multi-talented musician, poet, visual artist, drum circle facilitator and grassroots community organizer. He is also the Executive Director of The Bloomfield House, a not-for-profit, community outreach initiative he founded in 2013 in historic Sandwich Town.  With this grant he intends to continue and grow the poetry and spoken word program “Free Verse” that he started in 2014 to inspire teens and that is currently being offered at The Sandwich Teen Action Group and the Common Ground Art Gallery.


Arts Infrastructure Grant in Performing Arts - GINA LORI RILEY DANCE ENTERPRISES

Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises is a charitable non-profit in its 35th year dedicated to the advancement of the art of dance and physical theatre. Gina’ s award-winning creations combine theatre, dance and multi-media. Her latest production I Am Here explores the tragic-comic aspects of aging through a single masked character known as Man-Woman. It was staged both in Windsor and in Toronto at the renowned Tarragon Theatre. With assistance from this grant, film footage of those performances will be edited for entry into several international video and film festivals in 2017.


Arts Infrastructure Grant in Visual Arts -  WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing Canadian and international films and filmmakers. Through its exhibition, education, and community development programs, and with the assistance of this grant, WIFF will continue its invaluable enterprise of building  audiences for Canadian content and talent, providing training opportunities for emerging filmmakers, and promoting the creative economy of Windsor and Southwestern Ontario.

2016 Elizabeth Havelock Grant in the Arts - ACCLARION

Acclarion is a husband-wife duo introducing classical music to as many audiences as possible with a unique combination of clarinet and accordion.  They adapt  existing music and create new music, and perform throughout North America.  They understand the importance of an on-line presence to reach a global audience.


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