Welcome to Windsor Endowment for the Arts!

Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA), established in 1995,  is a charitable arts organization in Windsor, Ontario. Our goals centre on Promoting, Supporting, and Celebrating artists and arts organizations in our region through our biennial Awards and Grants program, affectionately referred to as The WEAs; and by funding the Pathway to Literacy for Kids Program that pairs kindergarten teachers with artist-educators to help children new to Canada and/or new to English in our community.   

Since 2010

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The WEAs Awards and Grants Celebration

Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) and the City of Windsor are pleased to be partnering once again for the 2024 WEA Arts Awards and Grants, along with the Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards (WMAAs), all to be showcased in a special community celebration.

These biennial awards and grants, last presented in 2022, offer a platform to support, recognize, and celebrate creative individuals and organizations in Windsor and Essex County. Everyone is invited to join this year’s special presentation, promising an evening brimming with creativity and celebration, with details as follows:

  • Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Ceremony: 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Dance Party: 9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre, 3277 Sandwich St. W. in Windsor.
  • Cost: FREE
  • Reservation Required: Visit https://2024_WEAs_and_WMAAs.eventbrite.ca to reserve a spot.

The celebration will feature remarks from WEA President Stephanie Barnhard and Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, alongside the presentation of the various awards and grants, guest presenters, live performances, a DJ, local food vendors, and an art exhibition in the Common Ground gallery.

Among the live performances, singer Florine Ndimubandi will represent the Francophone creative community, while a musical performance by cellist Karen McClellan will accompany the ‘In Memoriam’ presentation.

Following the awards and grants presentation, there will be a dance party until 11:00 PM with music from DJ Triple A Sounds. 

This year, WEA received 67 applications and will present 11 art grants totalling $31,000 and 6 Art Leadership Awards of merit to individuals and organizations in Community Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.

Mayor Drew Dilkens will present 3 Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards (WMAA), one each to an individual artist, arts organization, and arts volunteer. Each WMAA includes a keepsake award as well as an honorarium.

Pathway to Literacy for Kids
Changing the Odds

The third year of the CTO Pathway to Literacy for Kids program was launched in January 2024 and will take place in Kindergarten classes at F.W. Begley Public School and Prince Edward Public School in Windsor’s core. These schools have a large number of students who are new to Canada and/or new to English and who live in high-priority neighbourhoods.

Please help us raise the $20,000 needed for the artist-educator team from Arts Can Teach to deliver the program this winter and spring to the kindergarten classes so we can “Change the Odds” of children in our community.


Support WEA to help artists in our community bring their creative projects to life!