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AWE at Night - January 2024

DATE: Thursday, January 18th, 2024
TIME: 5pm – 9pm
LOCATION: 401 Riverside Dr. W, Windsor, ON


  • Current AWE Members: free admission
  • Non-Members: $10 Admission


To request accessibility or ASL services, please contact Meaghan Sweeney at least one week before the event.

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Kick off the new year at AWE! On January 18th, Art Windsor-Essex is open late for an evening of art activities, community conversations, guided tours, delicious food and drinks, music, and good vibes.


City Building with Youth Poet Laureate Chidera Ikewibe ⎮ 5pm – 9pm,  2nd floor Education Studio 

The City of Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate Chidera Ikewibe is activating the education studio for a night or art and poetry! Chidera will lead a discussion with  Anahita Jamali Rad (they/them). Create a 3D poem that reminds you of home. Chidera will show you how to build a three-dimensional structure using words, images, colour, shapes and lines. What reminds you of home?

Post Productions: Love Stories in the Cemetery I Don’t Know the Name of and Traffic⎮ 5pm – 6pm, 3rd floor galleries

Join us for a presentation of two, one-act plays organized by Post Productions. Post Productions provides intimately-staged entertaining theatrical experiences that arouse the heart and fuel the mind, drawing patrons into lives quite unlike their own to help them understand the world, other people, and themselves with fresh insight.

Who Pays? Arts investment in the Rustbelt: A Community Conversation co-presented with Centre for Cities and Transnational Arts & Entertainment Law Clinic ⎮ 6:30pm – 7pm, 3rd floor galleries

Join us for a Community Conversation at AWE, co-presented with the Centre for Cities (C4C) and TEALC, as we delve into “Who Pays? Arts Investments in the Rust Belt”. Windsor, as a border city, has historically been impacted by the success and challenges of Detroit. Legacy cities like Windsor and Detroit have thrived and then experienced population loss and economic decline, felt through the rise and fall of the automotive industry in both cities. Our panel of experts will share their insights into the difficulties and opportunities in sustaining the arts and culture in these legacy cities. We will learn about the connection between community, creativity, and finance. Just in time for the public budget season! Moderated by Shanthi Senthe with speakers Kim Theus, Teajai Travis, and Alejandro Tamayo.

The Centre for Cities at Windsor Law supports research, teaching and community engagement on the legal and policy tools related to municipalities and good citybuilding. This month, they are taking over the community conversation! Join the conversation as we delve into current topics in Windsor-Essex.

Artist in Conversation: Rajni Perera and John Geoghegan⎮ 7pm-7:30pm, 2nd floor galleries 

Rajni Perera is one of Canada’s most promising contemporary multimedia artists. Experimenting with mediums as varied as painting, sculpture and photography, the Toronto-based artist expresses her vision of imagined futures in which mutated subjects exist in dystopian realms. Perera has created a body of work that spans feminist and diasporic themes, while contemplating survival in an environmentally degraded future. Futures includes works from all phases of the artist’s career, including new pieces made specifically for this exhibition.  This exhibition was organized and circulated by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and curated by Sarah Milroy. John Geoghegan, Associate Curator, Collections & Research of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, will be in conversation with the artist to discuss this exciting show before its final weekend.

Film Screening: Rajni Perera⎮ 7:30pm-9pm, 3rd floor, Valiant Suite 

To celebrate Rajni Perera’s exhibition Futures, get an inside look into her practice and inspiration. The short documentary (10mins) will run on a loop throughout the evening in the third floor Valiant Suite between 7:30pm and 9pm.

Music, food, and drinks ⎮ 6pm – 9pm,  3rd floor 

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

To request accessibility or ASL services, please contact Meaghan Sweeney at at least one week before the event.

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.

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