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 celebrated over twenty artists, arts organizations and supporters with a special celebration honouring the 2024 recipients of the Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards (WMAAs) and the WEA awards and grants last Friday.

WEA President Stephanie Barnhard and guest of honour Mayor Drew Dilkens hosted the celebration at historic Mackenzie Hall in Sandwich Town. Inspired by a theme of “Building Bridges,” celebrating the transformative power of connection, each award recipient, and all presenters, had an opportunity to discuss their careers, successes, and the projects that brought them this recognition, as well as to promote upcoming initiatives.

The event included a special In Memoriam presentation honouring some of the members of the arts community who died in the past two years. Cellist Karen McClellan performed “In Memory Of…” by Windsor composer Anh Nguyen while Christopher Lawrence Menard read aloud the names.

The evening also included a reading from Windsor’s Poet Laureate Peter Hrastovec, and a musical performance by Francophone singer Florine Ndimubandi.

The following artists and arts organizations attended as presenters: Rebecca Ng (Windsor Symphony Orchestra), Maryam Safarzadeh (Windsor Persian Arts & Cultural Centre), Oluwatosin Akinbinu & Sean McKellar (Black Kids In Action); Dr. Russ Macklem, Lisa Gabriele & Gisele (Ford City Potters); Nuha ElalemTeajai TravisJohn & Tiffany Chan (Windsor Dance eXperience); Gulnaz Turdalieva (Art Create Learn); Emmanuelle Richez (French Public School System – Viamonde); Amanda Gellman (Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media, and Creative Arts); Abigail Thiessen (Leamington Arts Centre); Naomi Wehby & John Woodbridge (County Classic Chorale); and Elizabeth Gaye MacDonald (Windsor & Essex County Plein Air Artists).

Special thanks to visual artist Nora Harvey for decorating the stage, to DJ Triple A Sounds for providing the music,  and to photographer Sanja Tabor for taking the photos included in the album.

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!