The nominees have been announced for the 2018 edition of the Windsor Endowment For The Arts (WEA) Awards and Grants, as well as the City of Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards. This year WEA will give away $29,000 in arts grants to local artists, organizations and arts projects in Windsor-Essex. The WEA ceremony and Mayor’s Arts Awards is set to take place at the WFCU Centre on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

2018 WEA Art Leadership Awards & Grants Nominees

2018 WEA Community Arts Leadship Award
SHŌ Art, Spirit and Performance
Windsor Feminist Theatre

2018 WEA Literary Arts Leadship Award
Terrance “Teajai” Travis – poet, founder The Bloomfield House

2018 WEA Performing Arts Leadship Award
Robert Franz – music director Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Kristina Garswood – executive director Riverfront Theatre Company

2018 WEA Visual Arts Leadship Award
Sarah Beveridge – artist, owner SB Contemporary Art
John Jaciw – graphic designer, medallist, sculptor

Emerging Artist Grants
2018 WEA Community Arts Emerging Artist Grant
Nora Franko – visual artist
Melissa Lyons – author, publisher
Tia Nicoletti – founder Windsor Circus School
Sierra Parr – writer, director

2018 WEA Literary Arts Emerging Artist Grant
Jon Flieger
Kate Hargreaves
Amilcar John Nogueira
Mark Olejniczak

2018 WEA Performing Arts Emerging Artist Grant
David Bergeron – music producer, composer, performer
Coffee House Combo – jazz band
Alyssa Epp – lyric soprano
Michael J. Krym – actor, playwright
Rebecca S. Mickle – soprano
Christian Vegh – guitarist, songwriter

2018 WEA Visual Arts Lois Smedick Emerging Artist Grant
Mitchell Branget – filmmaker
Luis Cisneros – visual artist
Dianne Clinton – mixed media artist
Stephen Drouin – fashion designer
Chelsea Greenwall – visual artist
Jesse Hebert – photographer
Christy Litster – designer/illustrator
Luke Maddaford – visual artist
Asaph Maurer – visual artist
Shawna Munro – visual artist
Vanessa Neily – fine craftsperson
Sasha Opeiko – visual artist
Svjetlana Oppen – filmmaker
Jay Raven – visual artist
Jude Abu Zaineh – visual artist

Arts Infrastructure Grants

2018 WEA Community Arts Infrastructure Grant
Art Attack Windsor Project
Canadian Mental Health Association
Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative
Film Camp for Kids and Youth
Sun Parlour Players, The Bank Theatre
Terrance “Teajai” Travis, Black Box Theatre
The Garden Gallery
Vanguard Youth Arts Collective

2018 WEA Literary Arts Infrastructure Grant
Literary Arts Windsor
Windsor International Writers
Windsor Poetry Slam
Woodbridge Farm Writers Residency

2018 WEA Performing Arts Infrastructure Grant
4th Wall Music
Abridged Opera
Arts Collective Theatre
County Classic Chorale
Hugh Leal – jazz concert risk promoter
Kelly Daniels – actor, producer
Music Moves Kids
Revolution Youth Theatre
Riverfront Theatre Company
Tall Tale Theatre Company
The Diplomats Drum & Bugle Corps
Windsor Circus School
Windsor Dance eXperience

2018 WEA Visual Arts Infrastructure Grant
Canadian Arts Productions
Communication Student Association, University of Windsor
Greg DeHetre, R.W. Studios
Jason Allison, Walkerville Collegiate Institute
Leamington Arts Centre
Left Contemporary
Nancy Papak, Belle River District High School
Paul Murray – visual artist
SB Contemporary Art
The Artists of Colour

Additional 2018 WEA Grants
Eliabeth Havelock Grant In The Arts
Erin Armstrong – soprano
Kiki Athanassiadis – visual artist
Judy Chappus – visual artist
Sara Fontaine – singer, musician
Steven Langlois – French educational performer
Douglas MacLellan – photographer
Julie Sando – visual artist
Vanessa Shields – author, poet

Morris And Beverly Baker Foundation Youth Grant In The Arts
Kaley Beecroft – visual artist
Felicity Cincurak – pianist
Alexandria Masse – visual artist
Sabrina Sisco – photographer
Tess Snaden – visual artist
Hrista Stefanova – visual artist

Eric Jackman Youth Grant In The Arts
Corinne Garrett – visual artist

City of Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards

Windsor Mayor’s Arts Award – Arts Organization
Nancy John’s Gallery
WCCB – Music Express
Arts Council of Windsor & Region
The Association of Representational Artists

Windsor Mayor’s Arts Award – Individual Artist 
Dan Savoie-writer and web-publisher/editor
Dr. Bruce Kotowich – chorale conductor
Briana Benore – mural artist
Christian Vegh – guitarist

Windsor Mayor’s Arts Award – Arts Volunteer Award
Peter Wasylyk – past Board Member, Art Gallery of Windsor

Congratulations to all of this year’s WEA Awards and Grants, and Mayor’s Arts Awards, nominees.

For more information visit the Windsor Endowment For The Arts website or Mayor’s Arts Awards web page.

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