WEA Arts Leadership Awards Overview
Windsor Endowment for the Arts presents four honourary Arts Leadership Awards to honour, recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals, philanthropists, businesses and/or organizations with established practices that demonstrate leadership, excellence and/or long-standing contributions to the arts in Windsor and Essex County. Candidates are identified by public nomination and these four honourary awards are distributed every second year.
The successful candidate:
- Is an individual who has lived and/or worked in Windsor and Essex County for a sustained period of time, or;
- Is a business located in Windsor and Essex County, or;
- Is an individual, group or organization whose work has directly benefitted Windsor and Essex County;
- Will have made noteworthy contribution(s) to the arts community (a single project, career, or several years in an arts supporting organization);
- Will be engaged in practice that broadens access to the arts and/or uses the arts as a means of social awareness and change in Windsor and Essex County;
- Will serve as role model or mentor dedicated to the advancement of artists and/or arts and culture organizations;
- Is committed to professional growth and demonstrates exemplary leadership, innovation, creativity and excellence in one of the following four specified arts categories:
The jury will evaluate the nominee based on:
- Noteworthy contribution(s) to the arts community that demonstrate leadership, innovation, creativity and excellence. Evaluation will be based on the statement of achievement, and testimonial letters. Weighting: 40%;
- A practice that broadens access to the arts, and/or uses the arts as a means of social awareness. Evaluation will be based on the statement of achievement, nominator’s summary and testimonial letters, in accordance with WEA’s mission of community involvement. Weighting: 25%;
- Service as a role model or mentor. Evaluation will be based on nominator’s summary and testimonial letters. Weighting: 20%;
- Commitment to professional growth. Evaluation will be based on nominator’s summary and testimonial letters. Weighting: 15%.
The Nomination Package
The nomination package consists of five components to be completed in full, compiled and submitted by the nominator on behalf of the nominee:
- Nomination Checklist (pdf form)
- Nomination Form (pdf form)
- Nominator Summary
- Statement of Achievement
- Testimonial Letters (2)
Note: Nomination packages and supporting documents will not be returned.
Nomination Procedures and Requirements
- All documents in the nomination package must be submitted to WEA on paper;
- PDF-fillable forms may be filled out electronically and printed, or printed and filled out in legible handwriting in black ink;
- All other written material (nominator summary and statement of achievement) must be computer generated or typewritten and submitted on 8 ½” by 11” standard, white paper, in 12 point sans serif type (i.e. Arial);
- Please provide the required number of copies of the nomination material, as outlined on the checklist;
- WEA will not accept nominations that are faxed, emailed or sent on disc;
- All forms and other written material must be arranged in the same order in which they appear on the checklist, with the correct number of copies;
- Only nomination packages that are postmarked by Canada Post on or before the deadline date will be accepted;
- Late or incomplete nomination packages will be disqualified;
- Nomination by the applicant’s immediate family members is not permitted. An immediate family member is defined as a spouse, partner, child, parent, sibling, grandparent or grandchild.
All decisions of the jury are final. Only the nomination information of the winning recipient will be retained. All other nomination information and supporting documents will be destroyed following the final jury decision.
Jury Members: These are individuals with a recognized combination of knowledge, skill and expertise in their fields:
- Jurors are selected by the Board of Directors of Windsor Endowment for the Arts;
- Juror names will be made public at the Awards and Grants Ceremony.
Conflict-of-interest: Members of the Jury are expected to be objective and impartial. This includes avoiding the following conflict-of-interest situations:
- The juror has a financial interest in the success or failure of the organization or project;
- The juror has an interest based on the fact that an applicant is a spouse, partner or a member of his/her immediate family;
- The juror has a personal interest in specific nominations other than those normally expected of an interested member of the arts community;
- Impediments exist that impede the juror’s ability to evaluate the nomination objectively.
All nomination information and discussions pertaining to the nomination are confidential. All decisions of the jury are final.