SoCA in the Community
We are honoured that the University of Windsor has invested in the creative arts by bringing us the brand new, state-of-the-art School of Creative Arts in the historic Windsor Armouries Building, as well as the Wildeman Building for Creative Arts. Located in the heart of Downtown Windsor and the newly dubbed ‘Theatre District’, SoCA is thrilled to be a permanent addition to the thriving creative and entertainment hub. The Downtown Windsor arts community is expanding with notable organizations including the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Art Gallery of Windsor, The Arts Council of Windsor, Windsor International Film Festival, Art Cite and Phog Lounge all within walking distance of the school.
The Arts Council Windsor & Region (ACWR) is a non-profit organization that serves all disciplines of individual artists, arts organizations, and non-arts partners in promoting, developing, and realizing creative activity. Our energies are focused on providing our community with valuable services like Artspeak Gallery, Art.Work workshops, Individual grant consultation, an in-office resource library, and our website which hosts resources, a community arts calendar, and the weekly arts notes newsletter.
The ACWR is a fantastic resource of students and graduates, and we are proud to have this organization in our city. THE ACWR strives to enhances the economic and social well-being of the community by: strengthening the arts through leadership, education, advocacy and promotion; creating and expanding opportunities for diverse activities that connect the community through participation in the arts; and, enrich the quality of life in the region by increasing awareness of the arts and its value.
To find out more about the Arts Council Windsor & Region, please visit their website at www.acwr.net
Artcite Inc. is a non-profit, artist-run centre for the contemporary Arts, dedicated exclusively to expanding the visibility of contemporary arts within our region and advancing the professional presentation, promotion, and animation of contemporary art forms. Incorporated in 1982, Artcite Inc. is a registered charitable organization and is a member of Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference [ARCCC], and Artist-Run Centres & Collectives Ontario [ARCCO] and is directed by; its membership, a volunteer board, and a team of staff members – the majority of whom are practicing professional artists themselves.
While primarily a visual arts centre, Artcite strives to continually expand traditional definitions and understandings of contemporary art by exploring the multiplicity of Canadian artistic practice representative of the diverse social and cultural make-up of this region. We endeavour to exhibit, present and support regional, national and international artists who work in various media and disciplines, and who are at varying stages of their careers, with particular support for emerging, new generation and culturally under-represented artists. Our mandate extends to the promotion of professionalism in the arts. This means that we support the artists we exhibit by paying professional artist fees at nationally established rates.
To learn more about ArtCite Inc., please visit their website at www.artciteinc.ca
The Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) is a non-profit public art gallery focused on presenting the visual arts of Canada. The AGW has become a cultural pillar situated in a premium and purpose-built downtown riverfront location overlooking the Detroit River and downtown skylines. The AGW is an award-winning organization known for its cutting-edge contemporary art program and Canadian art collections now approaching 4,000 works. The exhibition galleries (comprising about 15,000 square feet/4,700 metres) include both changing exhibitions and ongoing displays of the acclaimed AGW Collection, which features historical, modern, and contemporary art.
The primary focus of the AGW Collection is Canadian art. In its Canadian focus, the Collection is distinct from and complementary to that of our nearest public art museum neighbour, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The scope of the AGW Collection reflects Canada’s young political structure; it predates the formation of Canada as a nation (formed 1867) and continues to present day.
To learn more about the Art Gallery of Windsor, its exhibitions and collections, please visit their website at: www.agw.ca
Phog Lounge is a cultural hub, located in downtown Windsor (157 University Avenue West), aimed at supporting and connecting artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, students, entrepreneurs, small business owners and more to the greater Windsor/Detroit community to enrich the city as a whole.
In short, Phog hosts every type of music currently available in Windsor or on tour in Canada. Everyone is welcome. Many current and former SoCA students have performed sets at Phog and is well-attended, intimate environment that is loved by many. In 2009, Phog won the much-publicized CBC Radio 3 Searchlight Contest for Best Live Music Venue in Canada. Phog has won the CJAM Radio Jammy Award for Best Music Venue in Windsor in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.
They serve microbrewery beers from Wellington Brewery in Guelph, Motor Craft Ales in Windsor, Walkerville Brewery in Windsor, Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto, Muskoka Brewery, and more. They also sell several different varieties of poutine at Phog!
For more information about Phog or to see their calendar of events, visit their website at www.phoglounge.com
WIFF is a cultural, not-for-profit organization that celebrates the art of cinema by showcasing Canadian and International Film and Filmmakers. Through unique programming, education, and exhibition, WIFF strengthens and enriches community while promoting the creative economy. WIFF is a 10-day cultural Film Festival that takes place across 3 venues in Downtown Windsor’s Theatre District every November. In 2019, the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) film-circuit announced that their partner festival, WIFF, has become the largest Volunteer-Run Film Festival in Canada. Selling over 42,000 tickets at their 15th Anniversary Festival in 2019, WIFF is the only place to see top quality, indie-movies, and pre-released films from the top filmmakers in the world. Downtown Windsor comes to life during the festival, which also includes street parties, cocktail receptions, and hundreds of movies to choose from.
WIFF also showcases year-round movie screenings under the name WIFF365, where they showcase a couple of movies once a month at the historic Capitol Theatre. A huge supporter of WIFF is the University of Windsor and the Alumni Association, as WIFF has partnered up with the Odette School of Business and the School of Creative Arts as they offer experiential, technical and volunteer opportunities to the students.
To learn more about the Windsor International Film Festival, visit their website at: www.windsorfilmfestival.com
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has been connecting the people of Windsor & Essex County through the power and passion of music for over 73 years. In the current year, it is now reaching more listeners than ever, with many record-breaking ticket sales every season. Conducted by the acclaimed Maestro Robert Franz, who also serves as the Music Director, the WSO has become an indispensable cultural asset within the Windsor-Essex community. The WSO calls the 100-year old, Capitol Theatre, in Windsor’s Downtown Theatre District home as they took over operations and management of the community theatre.
The Capitol Theatre currently offers the unique convenience of a three-in-one venue, joined by a classic lobby and bar area. It is both intimate and spacious; accessible and grand. Designed by the prolific theatre architect Thomas White Lamb, the theatre was in his trademark style of Adam-Empire. Today, the building is available to local artists and community groups as a multi-purpose venue for dance, literature, music, drama, film, and more. Generations of families have happy memories of the Capitol, and new ones are being made.