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Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards

Mayor Dilkens with recipients of the 2018 Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards Recipients  

Mayor's Arts Awards LogoThe Mayor's Arts Awards celebrate the individuals and organizations that develop and promote the "Soul of our City" by recognizing those who support locally developed arts - providing exciting, surprising, and meaningful opportunities to strengthen our creative community.

These awards of merit have no monetary value.

The award program is one component of the Municipal Cultural Master Plan approved by City Council in 2010 to strengthen and develop culture in the City.

The awards are presented in partnership with Windsor Endowment for the Arts. They will next be presented in 2020.

2018 Windsor Mayor's Arts Awards Recipients

Individual Artist: Dr. Bruce Kotowich

Dr. Kotowich is a dedicated musician, professor and mentor known for his work in the performing arts in the City of Windsor and throughout the Region. As the Director of Choirs at the University of Windsor's School of Creative Arts, "Dr. K" is described as having "infected all of his choirs with his energy, enthusiasm and 'can do' spirit."  He has worked to improve technique and confidence for student singers, and the adults and seniors who work with the WSO Chorus and the Windsor Classic Chorale. He is known to music educators and regularly visits high schools to help students prepare for competitions and to provide workshop support to those preparing for musical theatre performances. In early 2018, Dr. K took members of all four of his Windsor choirs to Carnegie Hall in New York City to be part of a massed choir concert that he himself was conducting. In the words of his nominator, "Bruce enthusiastically and effectively is making a very positive impact on our students and the community. For these reasons and more, we encourage you to recognize his contributions."

Arts Organization - The Arts Council Windsor & Region

The Arts Council Windsor & Region (ACWR) is a non-profit, members based organization that serves all disciplines of individual artists, arts organizations and non-arts partners in promoting, developing and realizing creative activity in our community. They provide Windsor and the surrounding area with valuable services through their ArtSpeak Gallery, Art.Work program, individual grant consultations, in-office resource library, and through distribution of a weekly comprehensive arts, culture and heritage newsletter with 1000-plus subscribers. Accomplishments in the last two years alone have included projects providing exhibition space, self-directed arts residencies, a film series of Indigenous film from across Canada, and programming with the Vanguard Youth Arts Collective - the youth council within the ACWR. In the words of its nominator, "ACWR serves as a hub, making connections and advocating for our creative community in Windsor and Essex."

Arts Volunteer - Peter Wasylyk

As a member of the Art Gallery of Windsor Board of Trustees since 2005, Peter completed 13 years of dedicated service as a volunteer in March of 2018. This tenure makes him the longest standing trustee for the AGW in recent memory. With an extraordinary and commendable time commitment of more than 2,172 hours of unpaid volunteer service, he also served as a member of the AGW Executive for 10 years. In the words of his nominator, "Peter has contributed nearly over 270 working days of volunteerism to the AGW, almost, that is, a full year of volunteer labour. He has also been a family donor, supporting the gallery's annual fundraising by making personal contributions. He has championed adherence to the Gallery's by-laws throughout and best practices in accounting such that our organization is efficient and professional."

2018 WEA's - Windsor Endowment for the Arts

At the May 24 ceremony, the Windsor Endowment for the Arts presented merit awards, arts infrastructure grants, emerging artist grants, the Elizabeth Havelock grant, the Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation youth grant in the arts, and the Eric Jackman youth grant in the arts. For details on the 2018 WEA recipients, please visit   

Windsor Mayor's Arts Award Categories 

Mayor's Arts Awards: Artist - presented to an individual artist engaged in a broad spectrum of activities having to do with creating, practicing or demonstrating art. Art is broadly conceived to include all genres within the following disciplines: performance, visual, literary, media/new media, and design. 

Mayor's Arts Awards: Arts Organization - presented to an arts organization that demonstrates a clear commitment to creating, practicing and demonstrating art within the community. 

Mayor's Arts Awards: Volunteer - presented to an individual that supports the arts by providing their own time and services without receiving payment for their volunteer work.   

Nomination Guidelines 

  • Nominees for the Mayor's Arts Awards must live, work, volunteer, attend school, display or perform within the City of Windsor
  • A nominee may be nominated for only one award per year
  • City of Windsor staff members are not eligible for an award
Nomination information must include:
  • One 5 x 7 digital photograph of the nominee. Please note, the image may be used in marketing materials to promote the Mayor's Arts Awards.

Please provide 3 copies of each of the following:

  • Signed and fully completed Nomination Form
  • A brief description (maximum 250 words) highlighting the contribution you believe the candidate (nominee) has made to the arts and the arts community in the City of Windsor 

Please provide 3 copies of Support documents, which could include:

  • A list of accomplishments, awards or recognition relevant to the nomination
  • A list of published works and/or performance appearances
  • A sample of the nominee's commitment of time and energy to an organization
  • A sample of the nominee's work (photocopies - please do not send originals)
  • Other relevant materials that would support the success of the application

* Please note that support documents should not be more than a maximum of 5 pages in total.

Choosing Award Recipients

Nominations for the Mayor's Arts Awards will be juried by a panel of three judges consisting of:

  • Community Development and Health Commissioner and Corporate Leader Social Development, Health, Recreation and Culture
  • A member from the Arts Community
  • A member of the University of Windsor and/or St. Clair College

Administrative support will be provided by the Cultural Affairs department. The recommendations made by the panel will be delivered to the Mayor for endorsement prior to the awards ceremony.

Submitting your Nomination Form

Forward the fully completed and signed Nomination Form, along with any support documents to:

The Corporation of the City of Windsor
c/o Recreation & Culture, Cultural Affairs Section
2450 McDougall St
Windsor, ON   N8X 3N6