ABOUT THE PROJECT (2020 - 2023):

WorkInCulture is working closely with Windsor Essex Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre and Arts Council Windsor & Region, to develop and deliver a professional development program for artists and arts workers/arts administrators in the Windsor-Essex region. The training will include workshops, access to online resources and local experts, and facilitated peer mentoring circles. Participants who complete the program will come away with a detailed plan of action to move their careers/businesses/organizations forward. 

The program will be delivered 4 times to four different cohorts over the course of 2021 - 2023. Each cohort will have a different focus and application process.

GCC Windsor Cohort 2: Building Better Boards

This cohort is aimed at supporting, growing, and sustaining healthy boards of directors in Windsor & region's local arts & culture organizations. Participants will work closely together to address a wide range of topics such as board structures, effective recruiting, roles and responsibilities, and policy and planning; sessions will focus on peer learning and interactive workshops.

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GCC: Windsor - Building Better Boards -- Presentations & Recruitment Fair
Thur, April 7 | 5:30pm -7pm EST
Open to the public

Building Better Boards intensive training program is ending with an online board strategy presentation and recruitment fair that is open to the public on April 7, 2022. Individuals and organizations interested in supporting, growing, and sustaining healthy boards of directors in Windsor & region's local arts & culture organizations are invited to attend and learn from and network with program participants. Presentations from Windsor-Essex's arts community include Windsor Symphony OrchestraArtcite IncShō Art Studios, and others. This is an opportunity to develop partnerships, exchange ideas, and potentially get recruited as a board member!

Jamie Baxter, Photographer
Briana Benore from Artcite Inc
Daniel Bobb from Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Matthew Bolton from The Art Lab Windsor Inc.
​Fatima Fakih, Faculty of Education - Visual Arts Methodology, University of Windsor
Karleigh Gore from CK Arts and Culture Network
Linda Lord, Ph.D., Performative Storyteller, Playwright, and Expressive Arts Facilitator
Darren McCaffery from Windsor Light Music Theatre
Susan McLeod from Shō Art Studios
Michael Plunkett from Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Heather Slater from Municipality of Chatham-Kent
Lorraine Steele from Shō Art Studios
Teajai Travis from Artcite Inc.


For updates on project progress and related training activities please sign up to receive more information. 

​Curriculum Consultant and Facilitator: Nadja Pelkey

Photo of Nadja Pelky background black dotsNadja is a Windsor-based artist, educator and cultural worker. She has a history of working with the creative community in Windsor, including through previous experience as interim-ED with the Arts Council Windsor and Region. She is currently a sessional instructor and photography technician with University of Windsor and has designed and delivered a range of relevant training in line with our project objectives. She has demonstrated an acute understanding and appreciation of the creative community in Windsor and how this project can help support it.

If you have any questions about the project please contact:
Stephanie Draker, Program Manager at stephanie@workinculture.ca 



GCC Windsor Cohort 1 | April 26, 2021 - June 30, 2021 

The first cohort was designed for arts professionals in the early or emerging stages of their career and covered training on articulating an arts or creative practice, CV writing, building online presence, financial management, grants and more.

Important Dates and Details for Cohort 1:
For details about the program read the FAQs and Cohort 1 Schedule


Funded by:

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