Art Windsor-Essex is always learning how to better serve our community. We understand the work required to become community-driven will continually change. The work is an ongoing effort, and will never be finished.
We acknowledge that in the past, the gallery has been elitist and inaccessible. We take this to heart, and we are dedicated to changing our policies, and our approach to our exhibitions and programs to create a welcoming visitor experience.
Our staff and volunteers are working together to ensure Art Windsor-Essex is a space where all visitors feel welcomed and included. As a team, we are forging a path to strengthen community trust to form lasting collaborative relationships with individuals and groups. We invite you to participate in this transformation.
Do you think that we have missed something? Help us improve by sharing your thoughts or concerns. Email: email@example.com or call Visitor & Membership Services: 519-977-0013 ext.117.
Explore this page to learn more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion.
In September 2020, Art Windsor-Essex (AWE) formally engaged consultants from Warp and Weft to conduct a community consultation. The results of this consultation and accompanying recommendations were presented to the Board in Spring 2021. The report’s findings and recommendations inform the Gallery’s efforts to become a more equitable and inclusive space.
In Spring 2021, staff undertook self-directed learning in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). In June 2021, an internal Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) task force was formed, composed of AWE employees, who will meet four times annually.
Between June and September 2021, staff, volunteers, and Board are undertaking DEI training. Staff are continuing to pursue professional development that supports our goals to become more inclusive, engaging, and welcoming. In Fall 2021, our internal DEAI task force will work with external community members to review our equity statements and goals around equity.
Every visitor should feel welcomed and a member of our community.
As a Gallery, we are working to make our space more inclusive and affirm how everyone wants to be called. We believe that all people can choose to go by the pronouns with which they are most comfortable.
The majority of people use the pronouns “he/him” or “she/her.” A growing population of people choose to use “they/them” or another pronoun set. People who choose to use different pronouns may do so because they do not wish to use pronouns that imply a specific gender association, or potentially because they are nonbinary and identify as neither exclusively as a man or as a woman.
The Gallery currently offers membership benefits for all youth under 25 and for artists and creators in our region through our new Membership program. Find out more
The Gallery offers free admission for Status cardholders and Métis Nation Members from the historic communities in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia.
Professional Personal Care Attendants are admitted to the Gallery free of charge. The gallery will introduce other free admissions, membership, and access opportunities in the coming months and years.
As a public institution, the Art Gallery of Windsor is compliant with all regulations set forth by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We strive to make our building accessible for those with different abilities.
All restrooms are wheelchair accessible, and we have an elevator for guests to use.
Should you need one, wheelchairs are available to borrow at Visitor & Membership Services.
Accessible parking is available.
The Gallery is committed to providing interpretive materials at Grade 8 reading levels to engage all visitors. Please bring your smartphone and headphones to enjoy a free audio tour of all our exhibitions, accessible via QR codes in the gallery.
Live closed captions are available on TV monitors.
Large print appears on all location signage.
Service animals are welcome throughout the Gallery.
Benches, chairs, and couches are also available throughout the galleries, should you need to rest or reflect.
We welcome children of all ages to AWE! Please feel free to bring a stroller. You are encouraged to explore the galleries at your own pace and in the ways that best fit you and your family’s needs. Guests will also enjoy the Studio, our interactive, hands-on learning space for all ages. Join us for Saturdays in the Studio or enjoy a self-guided activity.
Parents are welcome to breastfeed in all public spaces throughout the Gallery.
Click here to read AWE's Code of Conduct for programs and events.
AWE’s Internal DEAI Task Force recognizes that there are pieces of our strategic plan that require definition. We want the people we work with, our audience, and our community members, to understand what we mean when we use these terms in our 2021-25 Strategic Plan, as they are relevant to our goals around equity. Click here for definitions of key terms.