Windsor creatives celebrated with awards, grants

Windsor creatives celebrated with awards, grants

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The spotlight shone on Windsor’s arts and culture sector last week, with over 20 artists, art organizations, and supporters being honoured at the Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Mayor Drew Dilkens and Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) president Stephanie Barnhard co-hosted the event held last Friday at Mackenzie Hall in Sandwich Towne. 

Each award recipient and presenter had an opportunity to discuss their careers and successes, the projects that brought them recognition, and upcoming initiatives.

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The event also included a special memoriam presentation honouring members of the arts community who passed away over the last two years. 

Mayor's Arts Award
Sho Art, Spirit, and Performance Studios is the 2024 Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) Arts Leadership Award recipient. The studio received the award during the 2024 Windsor Mayor’s Art Awards on Friday, May 31, 2024 at Mackenzie Hall in Sandwich Towne. Photo by Millar Holmes-Hill /Windsor Star

This year’s categories and winners are:

2024 Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards 

Individual Artist – Marty Gervais.

Arts Organization – Windsor Light Music Theatre.

Arts Volunteer – Capitol Theatre Volunteer Group.

2024 WEA Arts Leadership Awards (Awards of Merit)

Community Arts Leadership Award (Individual) – Bernadette Berthelotte.

Community Arts Leadership Award (Organization) – Shō Studios.

Literary Arts Leadership Award – Christopher Lawrence Menard.

Performing Arts Music Leadership Award – Hugh and Kathy Leal.

Performing Arts Theatre Leadership Award – Arts Collective Theatre (ACT).

Visual Arts Leadership Award – Arts Council Windsor & Region (ACWR).

2024 WEA Emerging Artist Grant – ($3,000)

Artist in Film Arts – Elissa Weir.

Emerging Artist in Literary Arts  – Erik Johnson.

Emerging Artist in Performing Arts – Alysia Therrien.

Lois Smedick Emerging Artist in Visual Arts – Tristan Olivier Balmokune.

2024 WEA Arts Infrastructure Grant – ($3,000)

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