Arts Leadership Awards

4 awards are presented to recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals, philanthropists, businesses and/or organizations devoted to the arts in the following areas:

  • Community Arts
  • Literary Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

Value: These awards of merit have no monetary value

Arts Leadership Awards are awarded to individuals, philanthropists, businesses and/or organizations who have demonstrated the following:

  • Long-standing contribution to the arts community of Windsor and Essex County.
  • Demonstrations of leadership, innovation, creativity, and professional excellence.
  • Broadening of access to the arts, and/or using the arts as a means of social awareness or change.
  • Commitment to artistic development, especially through service as a role model or mentor.

Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to be nominated.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be an individual, business, or organization that has resided in the City of Windsor or one of the municipalities within Essex County for at least one year prior to being nominated.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Committed to professional growth.
  • Demonstrate exemplary leadership, innovation, creativity, and excellence in one of the four Arts Leadership Award categories listed below.

Nomination Process

Nominations will be accepted from Monday, January 6 to midnight of Tuesday, March 31, 2020. 

For the 2020 Award and Grant application/nomination process, we are offering an ONLINE NOMINATION platform!!

To access, please click on “AWARDS NOMINATION CHECKLIST” link first for a list of the documentation required to nominate a candidate for one of these awards. When you have those documents typed up, and/or assembled, please click on the “NOMINATE A CANDIDATE FOR AN AWARD” button.

Once you have completed your nomination form and uploaded your supporting images and documents (optional requirement), you will receive an email notification when your submission has been received. After that you just have to wait to be notified, sometime in late April, if your nominee was chosen by the jury to receive one of the four Art Leadership Awards.


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 or change;
  • Developing public projects that enhance the general quality of life of those in the community and/or within specific under serviced, disadvantaged, at-risk or specialized groups.
Leamington Arts Centre

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.

Teajai Travis

3. Performing Arts

This award is presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in any of the following areas:

  • Music: vocal, choral, orchestra, opera, new music projects, composition, conducting, arrangement, musical production, recording, education;
  • Dance: dancer, company, school, director, producer, choreographer;
  • Theatre: actor, comedian, mime, puppetry, director, company, playwright project, school.

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

Robert Franz

4. Visual Arts

This award is presented to those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the following areas:

  • Fine Art: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, installation, performance, bookmaking;
  • Fine Craft: clay, ceramic, fiber, glass, leather, metal, wood, mixed media;
  • Design Art: architectural design, interior design, architectural landscape design, urban design, product design, visual communication design, costume design, set design, fashion design, editorial design and illustration;
  • Media Art: film, photography, holography, electronic media, digital art, video.
Susan Gold

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.

Awards Selection Process

Award recipients are selected by a jury. The decisions of this jury are final.

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.


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

Frequently Asked Questions

Please view the frequently asked questions on the PDF by the link below.





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