Windsor Endowment for the Arts is pleased to present four honorary Arts Leadership Awards. These awards of merit recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals, philanthropists, businesses and/or organizations who have demonstrated leadership, excellence and/or long-standing contributions to the arts in Windsor and Essex County.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

A nominee’s eligibility depends on the following criteria:

  • The nominee must be an individual who has lived and/or worked in Windsor and Essex County for a sustained period of time,
  • a business located in Windsor and Essex County, or
  • an organization located in Windsor and Essex County.
  • The nominee must have 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.
  • The nominee must 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.
  • The nominee must show 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.
  • The nominee must be committed to professional growth.
  • Finally, the nominee must show exemplary leadership, innovation, creativity, and excellence in one of the four Arts Leadership Award categories listed below.

Individuals, businesses and organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to be nominated.

Link to ONLINE Nomination Form coming January 2020

Awards Selection Process

Winning nominees are selected by a jury. The decisions of this jury are final.

Evaluation Criteria

The jury will evaluate the applicant based on his or her:

  • Contribution to the arts community, especially through demonstrations of leadership, innovation, creativity, and professional excellence.
  • Commitment to broadening access to the arts, and/or using the arts as a means of social awareness, in accordance with WEA’s mission of community involvement.
  • Commitment to artistic development, especially through service as a role model or mentor.
  • Commitment to professional growth.

All evaluations will be based on the nominee’s record of achievement, the nominator’s statement, and testimonial letters.

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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