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.
- Has been a resident of the City of Windsor or one of the municipalities within Essex County for at least one year prior to applying for this grant.
- Is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
- Is 18 years of age or older.
- Is recognized as a professional, practicing artist by other artists working in the same field.
*This means that you are actively making art, not just thinking about it. You have shown your work in public. Other artists doing similar work see you as a peer. If you are a university student, you are not considered a professional artist yet (exceptions apply).
- Has completed basic training (formal or informal) in your field.
*This means you have finished school (or workshops, courses, mentorships, etc.) in your field, or you are self-taught, and are now practicing your art or craft for the long term.
- Has 2 – 7 years of experience practicing your art.
*Experience can mean lots of things. For example, you have been painting for a few years, or have spent several years studying dance or composing music. If you can talk about your practice, your art and your personal approach, you are probably an experienced artist.
- You seek payment for your work.
*Do you sell your work? Do you charge admission to see your work? Do you receive compensation for your work? You don’t have to be making a living solely from your art, but you seek an income from it.
- Can demonstrate a commitment to your artistic development.
Do you attend workshops, seminars, courses or receive mentorship in your field? Have you served on the board of an arts organization, or on the planning committee of an art exhibition, event, festival etc. in Windsor-Essex?
If you are unsure about your eligibility for a WEA grant, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Description from Ontario Arts Council. (2019). OAC Grant Application 3rd Edition Survival Guide: Tips and must-dos for preparing an application to the Ontario Arts Council [PDF file]. Retrieved from https://www.arts.on.ca/oac/media/oac/Grants/Grant-Survival-Guide-EN.pdf?ext=.pdf
Applications will be accepted from Monday, January 6 to midnight of Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
For the 2020 Award and Grant application process, we are offering an ONLINE APPLICATION platform.
To access, please click on “EMERGING ARTIST GRANT CHECKLIST” link first for a list of the documentation required to apply for this grant. When you have those documents typed up, and/or assembled, please click on the “APPLY FOR AN EMERGING ARTIST GRANT” button.
Once you have completed your application form and uploaded your supporting images and documents, 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 application was chosen by the jury to receive one of the four Emerging Artist grants.
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
Please view the frequently asked questions on the PDF by the link below