Windsor Endowment for the Arts and Mayor’s Arts Awards proceeding - with adjustments - in May 2020
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Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) and Mayor’s Arts Awards proceeding – with adjustments – in May 2020

In an effort to offer support and recognition to local artists affected by COVID-19, the Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) and the City of Windsor have agreed to proceed with the 2020 WEA awards and grants celebration, as well as the Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards (MAAs).

As of March 20, both programs were temporarily placed on hold as partners assessed the impact of COVID-19 on our community. A virtual celebration will be held via Zoom, and broadcast simultaneously on the City of Windsor’s Facebook page on May 22, 2020.

Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards (MAAs) Update:

The Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards will re-open the application window from April 27 to May 8, 2020. Those wishing to apply for the Individual Artist ($1,000), Arts Organizations ($1,000), or Arts Volunteer ($500) awards may apply online during that time. Those who submitted applications by the original March 31 deadline need not re-apply. The MAA jury will make selections over the next few weeks.

Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEAs) Update:

WEA received around 60 art grant applications by the March 31, 2020 submission deadline. Over the next few weeks, the WEA jury panel will review those applications to select one successful candidate in each of the 11 grant categories. A total of $29,000 in grant funding will be distributed this year to Windsor-Essex artists and arts organizations. WEA is not accepting any further applications at this time. All nominations for the non-monetary WEA Art Leadership Awards will be postponed until the 2022 ceremony.   

Details of the Virtual Ceremony

Mayor Drew Dilkens and Stephanie Barnhard, WEA President will co-host the virtual awards ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. WEA and the City will reach out to recipients directly to coordinate their participation in the virtual ceremony.

Drew Dilkens, Mayor, City of Windsor

“Art changes lives,” says Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Our creative community is one of the reasons we’re standing strong during COVID-19. Artists give us the stories, works and experiences that shape our city. Like everyone right now, they are facing difficult days. I am pleased to partner with WEA to present the Mayor’s Arts Awards alongside the WEAs – even under these unique circumstances. Though this virus is fought through isolation, we must stand united now more than ever. These programs provide a further opportunity to support, encourage and recognize our local artists by showing them how much we appreciate, value, respect and need them. I encourage people to apply, and to join us for the virtual celebration later in May.”

Stephanie Barnhard, President, Windsor Endowment for the Arts

“Our community has a vibrant art scene,” says WEA President Stephanie Barnhard. “That vibrancy gives us hope in these challenging times. The grant proposals we received this year are bursting with ideas to bring beauty, joy and healing to the people of Windsor-Essex. WEA is honoured and proud to help our local artists and arts organizations bring their creative projects to life for the benefit of us all.”             

Please visit www.wea-arts.com, www.citywindsor.ca, and www.citywindsor.ca/covid-19 for the latest information.

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