The City of Windsor held its most recent Cultural Summit at Mackenzie Hall Wednesday evening and outlined its goals and achievements towards bringing Windsor’s arts and cultural community together.
Doors opened at 5pm and members of the City’s Cultural Affairs Office outlined where Windsor is on track toward unifying and harmonizing the city’s cultural togetherness. Among items mentioned, the City has successfully implemented the Cultural Affairs Office and grown a vision for cultural in Windsor that includes celebrating identity, fostering cultural tourism and developing opportunities for creative individuals and groups.
This summer, the Coastal Trails Tall Ships festival will take place across Essex County. Five ports in the region, Windsor, Amherstburg, Kingsville, Leamington and Pelee Island will each play host to a celebration of marine history complete with entertainment between August 30th and September 1st.
The City is also developing its Windsor’s Poet Laureate program and is continuing to support artsVest, a funding matching incentive and sponsorship training program created to stimulate business sponsorship and corporate engagement in arts and culture.
In 2012, the Odette Sculpture Garden was renamed to the Windsor Sculpture Park and saw the addition of a new work of art — The Claim Post — and the refurbishment of another sculpture. The City has outlined its commitment to supporting the Sculpture Park through maintenance and the development of opportunities to bring additional sculptures to the riverfront.
The City plans to hold additional cultural summits in the future and is working with local arts organizations and culture supporters to fulfil the intent of the City’s Municipal Cultural Master Plan. You can read more about the master plan on the City’s website [pdf].