Awards

Windsor Endowment for the Arts is pleased to present four honourary Arts Leadership Awards. These awards of merit recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals, philanthropists, businesses and/or organizations who have demonstrated leadership, excellence and/or long-standing contributions to the arts in Windsor and Essex County. A select pool of candidates is assembled through a public nomination process.

 

Nomination Process

Nominations will be accepted between January 30th and March 9th, 2018.

 

Nomination Package

WEA Arts Leadership Awards Nomination Form

WEA Arts Leadership Awards Nomination Checklist

 

General Nomination Requirements

Please note the following:

  • All documents in the nomination package can be submitted to WEA on paper, and mailed to the address listed on the bottom of the Nomination Checklist OR dropped off in person at the Arts Council-Windsor & Region (ACWR) at 1942 Wyandotte St. East in Windsor from 1pm to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday; faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
  • Only nomination packages that are postmarked by Canada Post on or before the deadline date will be accepted; late or incomplete nomination packages will be disqualified.
  • The Nomination Form may be filled out electronically and printed, or printed and filled out in legible handwriting in black ink; all other written material (e.g. the nominator's statement, the nominee's record of achievement, etc.) must be computer-generated or typewritten.
  • All forms and other written material must be arranged in the same order in which they appear on the checklist, with the correct number of copies included.
  • Please provide the required number of copies of the nomination material, as outlined on the Nomination Checklist.

 

Eligibility Criteria

A nominee's eligibility depends on the following criteria:

  • The nominee must be
    • an individual who has lived and/or worked in Windsor and Essex County for a sustained period of time,
    • a business located in Windsor and Essex County, or
    • an organization located in Windsor and Essex County.
  • The nominee must have made a noteworthy contribution to the arts community, either through a single project, a career of active involvement in the arts, or several years of commitment to an organization or organizations that support(s) the arts.
  • The nominee must show dedication to broadening public access to the arts and a devotion to the use of art as a means of social awareness and change.
  • The nominee must show a willingness to serve as a role model or mentor to those who seek to advance the creative and professional development of artists, the arts community, and/or local cultural institutions.
  • The nominee must be committed to professional growth.
  • Finally, the nominee must show exemplary leadership, innovation, creativity, and excellence in one of the four Arts Leadership Award categories listed below.

 

Arts Leadership Award Categories

Windsor Endowment for the Arts will present one Arts Leadership Award for each of the four following categories:

1. Community Arts
This award is presented to those who have shown outstanding leadership by developing and/or maintaining community arts in Windsor and Essex County, especially through the following activities:

  • Increasing community participation in the arts;
  • Broadening local access to the arts;
  • Using the arts as a means to promote social awareness; and/or
  • Developing public projects that enhance the general quality of life of those in the community, or in specific underserviced, disadvantaged, at-risk or specialized groups within the community.

Specific examples of community arts leadership might include the organization of arts education classes, urban arts improvement initiatives, or the restoration of public landmarks.

2. Literary Arts
This award is presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the literary arts in Windsor and Essex County, by advancing any or all of the following disciplines: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, and book publishing.

Specific examples of literary arts leadership might include the organization of creative writing workshops for veterans, a series of local poetry readings, or public seminars designed to help emerging local authors find publication.

3. Performing Arts
This award is presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the performing arts in Windsor and Essex County, by advancing local music, dance, and theatre, or any combination thereof.

Specific examples of performing arts leadership might include the organization of public recitals or plays. Another example might include the maintenance or development of a local performance arts venue.

4. Visual Arts
This award is presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the visual arts in Windsor and Essex County, by advancing local fine art, fine craft, design art, and media art (including cinema), or any combination thereof.

Specific examples of visual arts leadership might include the development of public gallery spaces, the screening of local independent film, or the hosting of craft shows. Another example might include the organization of a program that showcases the works of local designers.

 

For more examples, please browse our past WEA Arts Leadership Award Recipients.

 

Awards Selection Process

Winning nominees are selected by a jury. The decisions of this jury are final.

 

Evaluation Criteria

The jury will evaluate the applicant based on his or her:

  • Contribution to the arts community, especially through demonstrations of leadership, innovation, creativity, and professional excellence. Evaluation will be based on the nominee’s record of achievement, the nominator's statement, and testimonial letters. Weight: 40%.
  • Commitment to broadening access to the arts, and/or using the arts as a means of social awareness, in accordance with WEA’s mission of community involvement. Evaluation will be based on the nominee’s record of achievement, the nominator's statement, and testimonial letters. Weight: 25%.
  • Commitment to artistic development, especially through service as a role model or mentor. Evaluation will be based on nominee’s record of achievement, the nominator's statement, and testimonial letters. Weight: 20%.
  • Commitment to professional growth. Evaluation will be based on nominator’s summary and testimonial letters. Weight: 15%.

 

Jury Members

All jurors are individuals recognized for the knowledge, skill, and expertise they bring to their fields. The Board of Directors of Windsor Endowment for the Arts is responsible for their selection. The identity of the jurors will be made public at the Awards and Grants Ceremony.

 

Conflicts of Interest

Members of the jury are expected to be objective and impartial. This includes avoiding the following conflicts of interest:

  • The juror has a financial interest in the success or failure of the organization or project;
  • The juror has an interest based on the fact that an applicant is a spouse, partner or a member of his/her immediate family;
  • The juror has a personal interest in specific nominations other than those normally expected of an interested member of the arts community;
  • Impediments exist that impede the juror’s ability to evaluate the nomination objectively.

 

Confidentiality

Personal information submitted by the nominators and discussions pertaining to either the nominator or the nominee are held in strict confidentiality.

Only the nomination information of the winning recipient will be retained; all other nomination information will be destroyed following the jury’s final decision. Nominees who are not selected will not be publically identified.

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