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AWE at Night - February 2024

DATE: Thursday, February 15th, 2024
TIME: 5pm – 9pm
LOCATION: 401 Riverside Dr. W, Windsor, ON


  • Current AWE and/or Museum Windsor Members: Free admission to both Art Windsor-Essex and the Chimczuk Museum
  • Non-Members: $13.25 – Admission to both Art Windsor-Essex and the Chimczuk Museum


On February 15, Art Windsor-Essex is open late for an evening of art activities, community conversations, guided tours, delicious food and drinks, music, and good vibes.

AWE once again partners with the Chimczuk Museum for a celebration across all three floors of our shared building! Partners for this evening’s celebrations include Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Windsor Law Centre for Cities, and Transnational Arts & Entertainment Law Clinic. Join us for guided tours of the Mary Ann Shadd Cary Bicentennial Display and Cracks in the Clockwork; complimentary screenings of Across The River to Freedom: Lucie and Thornton Blackburn; a community conversation on the enduring legacies of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn; art activities in AWE’s Studio inspired by Charmaine Lurch; music by Greyhound; and drinks and snacks by Windsor Eats and Zule Eats.

Photography and videography will be present throughout the event. By entering this event site you agree to be filmed or photographed which may be used for marketing or promotional purposes.

Art Activity: Beyond Borders ⎮ 5pm – 9pm,  2nd floor Education Studio 

Inspired by artist Charmaine Lurch, join members of our Teen Arts Council to create a collaborative map. Explore free-flowing drawing techniques to create your imaginary map.

Film Screening: Across The River to Freedom: Lucie and Thornton Blackburn⎮ 5pm-9pm, 3rd floor, Valiant Suite 

Join us for screenings of the film Across The River to Freedom: Lucie and Thornton Blackburn. Lucie and Thornton Blackburn met as enslaved people in Louisville, Kentucky and fled north together in 1831 to live in freedom. After they were discovered living in Detroit in 1833, they were jailed with the expectation that they would be returned to slavery. This is their story. The documentary will run on a loop throughout the evening in the third floor Valiant Suite.

Guided Tour: Mary Ann Shadd Cary Bicentennial Display⎮ 6pm-30pm, main floor, Museum Windsor

Museum Windsor is excited to announce the opening of a new display honouring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mary Ann Shadd Cary. The display includes biographical information and a few period-appropriate artifacts from the museum’s collection. Special thanks to Guest Curator Irene Moore Davis, the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Library and Archives Canada, The Toronto Public Library, and Archives of Ontario. Guided tour by Irene Moore Davis.

Building Community: The Story of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn: A Community Conversation ⎮ 6:30pm – 7:30 pm, 3rd floor galleries

Co-presented with the Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Centre for Cities, and Transnational Arts & Entertainment Law Clinic. 

Join us for this February’s community conversation, Building Community: The Story of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn. Our expert panelists will bring insight into the impact of Black history on the present and future. This year, the theme of Black History Month 2024 is Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build. Learn how the Blackburns were trailblazers and how their story continues to resonate today. After learning more about the Blackburns, speakers will discuss how their story resonates with the future. 

With speakers Kimberly Simmons, Shantelle Browning-Morgan and Irene Moore Davis. 

Artist in Conversation: Elizabeth Zvonar⎮ 7:30pm-8pm, 2nd floor galleries 

Cracks in the Clockwork presents Vancouver-based artist Elizabeth Zvonar’s sculptural and collage works alongside artworks and furniture from Art Windsor-Essex’s collection. Zvonar’s collages, which layer images from fine art catalogues, fashion magazines, and other popular print materials, create new meanings through playful juxtaposition. These works form unexpected relationships between familiar things, and fracture relationships between things that once seemed natural or inevitable. Zvonar’s sculptures often show everyday objects—purses, receipts, shoes, gloves—recast with precious materials. Uniting all Zvonar’s work is a sense of exploration and imagination, curiosity and play.

Music, food, and drinks ⎮ 7pm – 9pm,  3rd floor 

Let’s celebrate! Cap off the night on the third floor with music by Greyhound, delightful food, and drinks provided by Windsor Eats.

Hailing from the vibrant musical landscape of Michigan, Greyhound is a boundary-pushing artist known for their distinctive avant-garde and jazzy sound. Their latest album, “Amidst the Lonesome Winds,” is a mesmerizing journey into the uncharted realms of music, showcasing their fearless innovation and a deep-rooted passion for sonic exploration.

Other Exhibitions + Displays on now

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Waawiiatanong Forever

Location: South Project Gallery, 2nd floor

The Once and Future City

Location: Third Floor

Nii Ndahlohke / I Work

Location: Third Floor

Last Look

Location: Second Floor