Emerging Artist Grants
4 grants are presented to support the professional and creative development of emerging artists in the following areas:
- Community Arts
- Literary Arts
- Performing Arts
- The Lois Smedick Emerging Artist in Visual Arts Grant
Value: $3,000 each
In 2018, the Emerging Artist in Visual Arts Grant was renamed The Lois Smedick Emerging Artist in Visual Arts Grant in honour of our deceased board director – the renowned and respected Windsor scholar and arts patron Lois Smedick.
Emerging Artist Grants are awarded to support the professional and creative development of artists at the start of their careers. These grants may be used to:
- Sustain the artist;
- Develop a new project;
- Support an ongoing project;
- Aid research and study;
- Promote new forms of art to the general public;
- and/or Encourage creativity and innovation.
Artists who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.
The applicant must be an artist with two to seven years of professional experience who:
- Currently lives, or has lived, in Windsor and Essex County for a significant period of time;
- Can show evidence of a strong body of work, participation in public performances, inclusion in public exhibitions and/or publication; and
- Has completed basic artistic training, either through a traditional arts program or a process of self-study, and can show continued commitment to his or her artistic development through ongoing education, participation in workshops or seminars, and/or involvement in the local arts community.
In addition, any applicant applying to the grant for film or video must have completed at least one independent film or video that has been publicly screened, or otherwise viewed in some professional context.
Please note that WEA does not discriminate with regard to age; emerging artists of any age are invited to apply as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
Emerging Artist Grant Categories
Windsor Endowment for the Arts awards one Emerging Artist Grant for each of the four following categories:
1. Community Arts
This grant is awarded to those making a significant contribution to 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 under serviced, disadvantaged, at-risk or specialized groups within the community.
Specific examples of community arts projects might include the organization of youth arts education classes, an urban improvement initiative, or the restoration of a public landmark.
Funds provided: $3,000.
2. Literary Arts
This grant is awarded to those making a significant contribution to the literary arts in Windsor and Essex County. Its focus is to promote local artists in the process of establishing themselves in any of the following disciplines: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, and book publishing, or any combination thereof.
Funds provided: $3,000.
3. Performing Arts
This grant is awarded to those making a significant contribution to the performing arts in Windsor and Essex County. Its focus is to promote emerging artists whose works involve music, dance, and/or theatre performance.
Specific examples of performing arts might include singing, orchestral work, musical arrangement, dancing, dance instruction, choreography, dramatic and/or comedic acting, puppetry, theatre directing, and theatre instruction, and so on.
Funds provided: $3,000
4. Lois Smedick Emerging Artist in Visual Arts Grant
This grant is awarded to those making a significant contribution to the visual arts in Windsor and Essex County. Its focus is to promote emerging artists in the process of establishing themselves in any of the following disciplines: fine art, fine craft, design art, and media art (including cinema), or any combination thereof.
Specific examples of visual arts might include painting, sculpting, architectural design, landscape design, set design, costume design, photography, digital arts, and filmmaking, and so on.
Funds provided: $3,000
Grants Selection Process
All grants are awarded by a jury. The decisions of this jury are final.
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.
Personal information submitted by the applicants and discussions pertaining to the applicants’ submissions are held in strict confidentiality.
Frequently Asked Questions
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