$31,500 in Funding and 8 Awards of Merit Bestowed
The City of Windsor and the Windsor Endowment for the Arts (WEA) celebrated over twenty artists, arts organizations and supporters with an in-person ceremony honouring the 2022 recipients of the Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards (WMAAs) and the WEAs awards and grants last Friday.
Mayor Drew Dilkens and WEA President Stephanie Barnhard co-hosted the celebration on an outdoor stage in the Vision Corridor, alongside the Chimczuk Museum and Art Windsor-Essex, with the Detroit River as a backdrop. Building on the format of 2020’s virtual celebration, each award recipient, and all presenters, had an opportunity to discuss their careers and successes, the projects that brought them this recognition, and upcoming initiatives. The full list of 2022 recipients is included with this release.
Another first for the event was the inclusion of a special In Memoriam presentation honouring some of those members of the arts community who passed away over the last two years and acknowledging the role the arts play in helping us process grief. Christopher Lawrence Menard read from his new poetry collection, at the end, beginnings: A Memoir in Poems, before Amy Ley, principal harpist of Windsor Symphony Orchestra, performed Jean-Michel Damase’s ‘Adagietto’ to accompany the reading of the names. The full list of names is included with this release.
The evening also included musical performances from Florine Ndimubandi, and Kathleen Hughes. The following artists and arts organizations, and past WEA recipients, attended as presenters: Artcite Inc., Literary Arts Windsor, Windsor Symphony Orchestra, ACT Arts Collective Theatre, Art Windsor-Essex, Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF), University of Windsor Alumni Association, Gertrude’s Writing Room, Windsor Dance eXperience, Show Studios, Katherine Roth, Nuha Elalem, Emmanuelle Richez, Arts Society of Kingsville, Kingsville Music Society, Arts Council Windsor & Region, and Abridged Opera Co.
“Congratulations to all of the recipients and nominees for the 2022 Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards and the WEAs Awards and Grants. It was great to spend an evening honouring and supporting the artists, arts organizations, volunteers and teams of people working every day as part of the creative community across Windsor and Essex County. The arts make our community come alive. They also helped us stay connected through some extraordinarily difficult days these last two years. I was proud to share the stage with WEA, and to represent a city that proudly invests in the arts while understanding how vital they are to our quality of life, and to developing and strengthening our community.”
– Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
“As the organizer of this year’s WEAs and WMAA’s Celebration, my intention behind every planning decision was to create opportunities for my fellow artists and arts leaders to be seen and heard after two years of being silenced. Those fortunate enough to be gathered last Friday around the Vision Corridor stage witnessed the triumphant return of Windsor-Essex’s arts community and were introduced to the new faces and voices of those who must carry the torch forward in a new post-pandemic world. It is an honour for WEA to use our awards and grants program to promote and support our region’s creatives as they work to revitalize arts and cultural experiences for the benefit of all in our community. We heartily congratulate each of this year’s awards and grants recipients.”
– Stephanie Barnhard, WEA President
2022 Windsor Mayor’s Arts Awards Recipients
Individual Artist ($1,000) – Kaitlyn Karns; www.acwr.net, www.fordcity.ca. The award for Individual Artist is presented to an artist engaged in a broad spectrum of activities having to do with creating, practicing or demonstrating art in the City of Windsor. Karns’ most notable and recent contributions to the arts community have been through her work as Administrative and Outreach Coordinator for the Arts Council Windsor & Region… and as Executive Director of the Ford City BIA. Through these roles, she makes every effort to put the artist first by creating comprehensive resources including grant documents. She organizes free information sessions and one-on-one grant consultations to help artists succeed, and has also served as an ACHF juror for the City. As an artist, Kaitlyn’s group, The Broadway Bunch provides professional work for Windsor-based musicians and singers, while supporting local venues. To date, the group has employed 30 performers and musicians. Before shifting her focus to arts administration work, Kaitlyn could be seen in theatrical productions across the region. She has refocused and redefined her work to help enhance the local arts community for all artists of all disciplines.
Arts Organization ($1,000) – Waawiiyaatanong Feminist Theatre (WFT) – www.windsorfeministtheatre.ca. The award for Arts Organization is presented to a group that demonstrates a clear commitment to creating, practicing and demonstrating art within the community. Waawiiyaatanong Feminist Theatre (formerly Windsor Feminist Theatre) has written, created, developed, produced, and presented hundreds of socially relevant and ground-breaking productions for thousands of audience members since 1980. WFT focuses on inclusion and reconciliation, invites community participation, and employs professional artists through workshops, master classes, residencies, and original productions. They have received many awards and grants from many reputable funding bodies. The testimonials in support of their nomination included representatives from the arts, education and small business sectors, the political realm, and those in tourism and hospitality. They are endorsed by actors, writers, musicians, singers, dancers, entrepreneurs, educators, lawyers and more.
Arts Volunteer ($500) – Pam Rodzik – www.agw.ca. The award for Arts Volunteer is presented to an individual that supports the arts by providing their own time and services without receiving payment for their work or asking anything in return. Rodzik’s nominators called her a “volunteer, community catalyst, and fundraising superstar.” Her selfless dedication to the Art Gallery of Windsor – now Art Windsor-Essex – has spanned decades. Since 2002, she’s led most fundraising events and initiatives. She served as founder and chair of the signature Artrageous Gala, has raised millions in support of the gallery, and made significant donations of her own. She provides over 100 hours of volunteer service to the gallery each year, and was instrumental to the recent Strategic Plan. Pam believes that art is critical to the quality of life in our community, and that culture enhances well-being.
2022 WEA Arts Leadership Award Recipients
Community Arts Leadership Award – Dr. Clara Howitt, Superintendent of Education, Greater Essex County District School Board.
Literary Arts Leadership Award – Sarah Jarvis, President of Literary Arts Windsor, Organizer of BookFest Windsor, podcaster on All Write in Sin City.
Performing Arts Leadership in Music Award – Phog Lounge, Bar and Live Music Venue owned by Tom Lucier.
Performing Arts Leadership in Theatre Award – Michael K. Potter, Managing Director, Post Productions, and Co-Owner of The Shadowbox Theatre.
Visual Arts Leadership Award – Carl Lavoy, Retired director & curator of the Thames Art Gallery, educator, and mentor.
2022 WEA Emerging Artist Grant Recipients
Emerging Artist in Film Arts Grant ($3,000) – Michael J. Krym – writer, playwright, producer, and film director. This grant will help cover the production and talent costs for his film The Thousand Colours of the Morning written by Barry T. Brodie and featuring an all-Windsor-based production team, cast, and crew. This grant is sponsored by the University of Windsor Alumni Association.
Emerging Artist in Literary Arts Grant ($3,000) – Jade Wallace – writer, editor, and co-founder of the collaborative writing entity MA|DE. This grant will help complete the drafting and editing of Wallace’s solo sophomore, book-length poetry manuscript The Work is Done When We Are Dead.
Emerging Artist in Performing Arts Grant ($3,000) – Austin Di Pietro – musician, composer, and researcher. The grant will aid his research and study on transborder, transnational and border issues, and support the development of original compositions of the same theme in the contemporary jazz style. He plans to release a full-length album titled BORDERS.
Lois Smedick Emerging Artist in Visual Arts Grant ($3,000) – Tina Rouhandeh – calligrapher and textile artist. The grant will help her complete her project Inquiry about Forgotten Birds. The outcome of three years of experiments with fabric and hand stitches, calligraphy, and hand weaving to connect a traditional art form to contemporary art that tells the story of the persecuted people in her homeland Iran. This grant is sponsored by Katherine Roth.
2022 WEA Arts Infrastructure Grant Recipients
Carolyne Rourke Visual Arts Infrastructure Grant ($3,000) – Paul and Katie-Jane Murray. The grant will help to pay a fair wage to the local performers and stagehands at their first annual Music ‘n Arts AID Live! The Ultimate BEATLES Tribute. This multi-disciplinary arts event will showcase the talent of visual artist Paul Murray and Canada’s most awarded musicians and singers with a BEATLES tribute all night long. 100% of the ticket and art sales will go to support musicians and visual artists in Windsor-Essex.
The Performing Arts Infrastructure Grant ($3,000) – 4th Wall Music. The grant will help cover the costs of artist fees for the program It’s You I Like – The Music of Mr. Rogers celebrating the music of the late Fred Rogers. This family-focused program will feature guest host Kate Reynolds, the “Lavender Librarian,” who will explore Mr. Roger’s contributions to music, education, inclusivity, and autism awareness. They hope to make a recording to release as a children’s album. The 4th Wall musicians will be joined on stage by the Clifford/Andrews Studio children’s choir and students from WCCA Scenic Design class will be tasked with the set design.
The Community Arts Infrastructure Grant ($3,000) – Leamington Arts Centre (LAC). The grant will help fund the Bright Spots community arts project that will feature works of art from the LAC Collection, and the Municipality of Leamington’s Henry Collection. Selected artwork will be digitally reproduced and printed on outdoor displays in six public locations around Leamington.
The Literary Arts Infrastructure Grant ($3,000) – Vanguard Youth Arts Collective. The grant will cover the printing expenses of Vanguard’s Spot On! Magazine, a new artist interview series that offers a spotlight for emerging and established local artists who work in various media to discuss and promote their past and current art projects. The magazine will launch in the fall of 2022.
The Elizabeth Havelock Grant in the Arts ($2,000) – Dr. Russ Macklem – jazz trumpet player, composer and educator, and member of the Windsor Federation of Musicians, Local 566. The grant will help pay a fair wage for all the performers at his UNITED concert series that will be performed monthly at Meteor Lounge in downtown Windsor and feature world-class jazz musicians from Windsor and Detroit.
2022 WEA Youth Grant Recipients
Eric Jackman Youth Grant in the Arts ($1,000) – Raida Farzat. Raida will be graduating from Riverside Secondary School this June. She is a visual artist born in the city of Homs, Syria. She will receive this grant after completing a summer internship at a local arts organization. She is currently a member of Windsor’s Teen Arts Council at Arts Windsor-Essex.
Morris & Beverly Baker Foundation Youth Grant ($2,000) – Kasey Scoboria. Kasey will be graduating from Walkerville Collegiate Institute this June. She is a violinist with the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra. She will use the grant funds to pursue the study of music at the University of Toronto. Her long-term goals focus on securing a chair in a well-respected orchestra and teaching music to youth.
2020-2022 In Memoriam
Elizabeth Ann Stefani – painter
Daniel Boles – sculptor and professor at University of Windsor
Paulette DeAngelis – potter
Dawn Duncan – painter.
Robert Ferraro – painter and professor at University of Windsor.
Jason Gale – playwright and actor.
Vicky Giroux – visual artist, member of the Walkerville Artists’ Co-Op.
Evelyn Grey McLean – glass mosaic artist, lecturer and Dean of Women University of Windsor, the first Heritage Planner for the City of Windsor; a founder of The Friends of the Court (Mackenzie Hall), and a founder of Les Amis Duff-Bâby; Champion of Windsor’s built heritage, and the author of several papers and booklets about Windsor’s oldest heritage buildings.
Mina Grossman-Ianni – former CBC and Radio-Canada broadcast journalist and director, former Executive Director of Windsor Symphony Orchestra; 2005 Windsor Woman of the Year; Advisory Board member of 4th Wall Music; mentor; and patron of the arts.
John Haynes – visual artist, retired art teacher, long time member, supporter and volunteer at Leamington Arts Centre.
Dick Langs – volunteer at The Capitol Theatre, literary arts supporter.
Bob Makaskell – visual artist, art historian, and professor at University of Windsor.
Dorothy Kathleen McClellan – musician and arts volunteer.
Karen Mertsky – visual artist and fabric artist.
Rosalie Trombley – music director of “The Big 8” CKLW, and famously known as ‘the Girl with the Golden Ear’.
Helen Turner Brown – painter, muralist, founding member of the Artists of Colour, and the first secretary on the board of the North American Black Historical Museum (now the Amherstburg Freedom Museum).
Charlotte Watkins – performing artist and music educator.
Betty Wilkinson – Registrar at the Art Gallery of Windsor.
Shiny sculpture relocated to shady northeast Calgary streetcorner – CTV News Calgary
A piece of public art that was removed and put into storage after burning a hole through a spectator’s jacket has been reinstalled in a new location.
The Wishing Well made a splashy return Thursday morning in the Bridgeland neighbourhood.
“Great cities have great public art and Calgary is a great city,” said Alex MacWilliam, president of the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association.
“This is just one more reason for people to be proud that (they) live here and we’re excited for people to come and visit us.”
The piece was initially installed outside the Genesis Centre in the city’s northeast in 2012.
A year later, someone admiring the stainless steel statue complained her coat had been scorched by the refraction of the sun’s rays.
It was removed in 2014 but the City of Calgary has been working with the San Francisco-based artists, Living Lenses, to fix the safety issues, including putting non-reflective coating inside the sculpture and moving it to a 20 degree angle.
“We’ve done a lot of study around this, how the sun moves in this space and the 20 degree angle really mitigates the remaining safety concerns,” said Julie Yepishina-Geller, the public art liaison for the City of Calgary.
Geller said the piece’s new home at the Bridge, a multi-family rental living space and retail plaza by JEMM Properties located in the 900 block of McPherson Square N.E., will also help as it provides more shade.
Geller said the piece’s new home at the Bridge, a multi-family rental living space and retail plaza by JEMM Properties located in the 900 block of McPherson Square N.E., will also help as it provides more shade.
“It’s really a combination of factors that we had to consider so we started the process three years ago and have been sort of chipping away at it ever since,” she said.
Edan Lindenbach, principal of land planning and development with JEMM Properties, said it’s been a dream of the company’s to “activate” Bridgeland.
“We really wanted to give back more than just by providing more density and creating more residences for Bridgeland,” he said.
“We’re just so excited to have achieved that. I think this sculpture is going to be enjoyed by so many people. I think it’s going to be great for kids. It’s going to be an awesome corner for Bridgeland now.”
The art piece isn’t just a visual experience. People can also send a text with a message or greeting that will be played inside through light and sound.
“The sounds are made from voice recordings of people across Calgary, so essentially the melodies created are your fellow Calgarians singing messages back to you,” Geller said.
Ward 9 Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra said as more people in Calgary choose to live in higher density areas, there needs to be access to all types of amenities.
“Amenity is access to beautiful parks, it’s access to amazing shops and services, and then it’s also access to amazing culture and having a stunning piece of public art on this corner really plants that flag,” he said.
Committee chair Gian-Carlo Carra, a long time advocate for increased housing density, says there are no easy decisions to accommodate the sudden burst of growth.
Many people in the area also agree that having more public art around the city adds value.
“I think it’s nice to have something here instead of just having nothing there around this community, it’s growing,” Ethan Do said.
Willow Walker, another resident, took a break from her bike ride to admire The Wishing Well.
She said she appreciates works of art like it and would like to see more.
“It makes people pause and talk and share their ideas and it’s a happy thing,” Walker said.
Carlos Valdez agreed, and said, “It’s pretty nice just to walk around downtown and see art the people have made and it makes the city come more alive.”
SMALL SCALE PROJECTS COMING SOON
The city’s public art liaison said there are going to be several small scale projects in the northeast, including at the Genesis Centre, that will be installed over the next two years.
“This is going to enable art by local artists to be enjoyed throughout the quadrant, including a new future sculpture at the Genesis site,” Geller said.
She said the city has learned lessons from this experience but said each piece of public art is different and there isn’t a “cookie cutter approach.”
“Now we are really focused on looking at all aspects of a piece, looking at the site in combination with the material that’s used and that certainly always has been and will continue to be a focus of the program,” Geller said.
The relocation of The Wishing Well comes at no additional cost to Calgary taxpayers, according to Geller.
The sculpture is 3.88 metres tall, 5.36 metres wide and four metres deep. It weighs 2,200 kilograms.
Kent Monkman's subversive art creates a counter-narrative of Indigenous experience – CBC.ca
This episode originally aired on April 19, 2016.
The work of Kent Monkman is always arresting — whether it’s a lush landscape, an immersive mixed-media installation, or a vivid performance. At centre stage is his flamboyant, two-spirit artistic persona, Miss Chief, or “mischief” — a kind of trickster figure in drag, through which Monkman challenges the representation of Indigenous people in Western art.
Monkman was born in 1965 to a mother of English and Irish descent and a Cree father. He grew up in Winnipeg, where he strongly identified with his Indigenous roots. His work is exhibited in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Through the summer of 2022, he has exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada and at the Royal Ontario Museum in the fall.
Monkman spoke to Eleanor Wachtel in Toronto in 2016.
Inspiring and troubling
“I grew up in River Heights in Winnipeg in the 1970s, which was predominantly non-Native. So all of my classmates were Anglo-Saxon kids. I’d go to the Manitoba Museum, which had a display of life-size dioramas. They still have them. They’re fascinating to look at because they are representative of Indigenous cultures in this sort of pre-contact time capsule.
It was inspiring to see this idyllic representation of First Nations cultures. But you would step outside the museum and there on Main Street was Skid Row.
“There’s a bison hunt that’s as realistic as you can get in terms of a museum diorama. It was inspiring to see this idyllic representation of First Nations cultures. But you would step outside the museum and there on Main Street was Skid Row. You have the fallout of colonization and people that have been damaged through colonization.
“I remember my classmates would ask me, ‘What happened to your people?’ Because I was First Nations and I just could not answer that question. I didn’t have the language.
“I didn’t know how to reconcile what was in the museum and what had happened and what was on the streets of Winnipeg at that time.”
“I’m not a trained sculptor, so I basically work with the figure sculpture or the figure mannequin. I’m not trying to make classical or beautiful figure sculptures. I’m using those cheesy, tacky, human mannequins that are used to represent people in dioramas and then trying to create an environment that simulates a natural environment.
I’m using the components that are present in dioramas to make an art piece that feels like a diorama — a life-sized figure’s furniture or animals — and using those to challenge some of the representations of First Nations people.
“Or it could also actually be an interior setting, but the idea is that I’m using the components that are present in dioramas to make an art piece that feels like a diorama — a life-sized figure’s furniture or animals — and using those to challenge some of the representations of First Nations people.”
An empowered alter ego
“Creating Miss Chief was a strategy to, again, challenge the subjectivity of the artists in the 19th century, like George Catlin, John Mix Stanley, various others who were painting themselves in their own work. And it was a way of challenging the subjectivity of the work by saying, okay, ‘This is an artist with his own creative license who’s painting himself in his work.’
“It was also about the ego of the artist, to promote themselves, to have such a strong position.
I wanted my alter ego to be front-and-centre in a very aggressive way to reverse the gaze as a First Nations artist that could appear to live in that time period and be the observer of European settler cultures.
“I wanted my alter ego to be front-and-centre in a very aggressive way to reverse the gaze as a First Nations artist that could appear to live in that time period and be the observer of European settler cultures. So she has proven to be an effective way of disrupting this historical narrative — the dominant narrative that we’ve received through art history and through the telling of history.
“And because she’s a diva alter ego, she kind of demands to be at centre stage.”
“I wanted to disrupt people’s perception about this received history. We go to museums, we see these paintings. We accept that this is the authoritative version of how North America was settled — made by European settler artists. So my intent was to get people to ask questions that may be uneasy questions about what was actually happening when those paintings were being made.
“People were being forcibly removed from the land. Those landscapes were all empty — most of them were empty. But there were many, many nations of people that lived in North America that were being removed.
I wanted to think about the Indigenous people and their relationship to the land.
“So the paintings for me were lies, and at least they were subjective. It was a story of North America that was told from one side. I wanted to think about the Indigenous people and their relationship to the land. It is a fact that they were living in these landscapes but were never visible — or very rarely were they ever painted in these landscapes.”
Focusing on resilience
“In a lot of my work, I really prefer to focus on the resilience of Indigenous people, the resilience of our cultures. We’re still here — despite all of these theories of the ‘vanishing Indian,’ the end of the trail; we are still present.
“We are still innovative cultures. We are still moving forward.”
In a lot of my work, I really prefer to focus on the resilience of Indigenous people, the resilience of our cultures.
Kent Monkman’s comments have been edited for length and clarity.
Calgary's Peace Bridge is a 'work of art', city officials say | CTV News – CTV News Calgary
City officials are hoping a new display at an iconic Calgary landmark will help prevent a costly issue.
The campaign, called the Vandalism Gallery, aims to reduce the amount of damage that’s being done to the Peace Bridge each year.
Since the bridge opened in 2012, city crews have been forced to replace a number of the glass panels because of vandalism.
City officials says the incidents have gotten worse in recent years.
“We have seen an increase in vandalism to the Peace Bridge’s glass panels, mainly from people throwing rocks at the bridge from the east riverbed,” said Charmaine Buhler, bridge maintenance manager, in a release.
According to city data, it costs approximately $80,000 per year to remove and replace broken panels on the bridge. So far, they haven’t needed to order new panels because they are still working through a supply of replacements that were supplied when the structure was installed.
With the change of season, city officials says vandalism to the bridge does increase, so they wanted to do something to encourage residents to look after it.
The display includes a number of “works of art” that have been damaged, along with the message, “You’re standing in a work of art.”
The city is increasing security measures on the Peace Bridge to reduce vandalism.
Buhler says she hopes it will help residents understand they should enjoy the bridge, not break it.
“We’ll remind the people who use it, and live in the neighbourhood, that artwork is something to be admired, not vandalized,” Buhler said. “We are also hoping it will encourage people to report suspicious behaviour and vandalism-in-progress to police.”
The city says this awareness effort is part of a larger campaign to reduce vandalism at the site. Some of the other methods are improving security patrols, installing security cameras and pursuing stiffer penalties for offenders.
An average of six panels are broken per year, the city says.
Crews are also looking into the possibility of using a different material that can’t be broken so easily.
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