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November 1 - December 31

MAKING SPACE (2020/2021) is a series of online events, including: two creative workshops, three instagram takeovers from Windsor/Detroit creatives, and a panel discussion WHEN WE SAY IT – HOW TO TALK ABOUT ANTI-BLACK RACISM.



DATE: NOV 26 2020 @ 7PM


Join poet and spoken word artist Brandon Wint in an inclusive, communal, generative workshop. In this session we will explore the ways in which poetry can be a useful tool for investigating our thinking, our deeply-held beliefs and our perception of reality. This workshop aims to give its participants a few new ways of understanding how poems become guides and teachers in our attempts to understand, augment, beautify and challenge the realities that orient our lives. Supplies: notebook, writing utensils, and your creative spirit!

Please register via the link provided (HERE). Registration is free with 20 spots open, and a waitlist available. 


    BRANDON WINT – is an Ontario born poet and spoken word artist who uses poetry to attend to the joy and devastation and inequity

    associated with this era of human and ecological history. Increasingly, his work on the page and in performance casts a tender but robust attention toward the movements and impacts of colonial, capitalist logic, and how they might be undone. In this way, Brandon Wint is devoted to a poetics of world making, world altering and world breaking.

    For Brandon, the written and spoken word is a tool for examining and enacting his sense of justice, and imagining less violence futures for himself and the world he has inherited. For more than a decade, Brandon has been a sought-after, touring performer, and has presented his work in the United States, Australia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Jamaica. His poems and essays have been published in national anthologies, including The Great Black North: Contemporary African-Canadian Poetry (Frontenac House, 2013) and Black Writers Matter (University of Regina Press, 2019). Divine Animal is his debut book of poetry.


DATE: DEC 10 2020 @ 7PM


The human body is an incredible machine that is made to move. In this workshop with acclaimed actress/dancer/playwright, Leslie McCurdy (BFA Dance/Drama University of Michigan), participants will rediscover our natural inclination to move. We shall explore how we use dance – movement of the body through time and space – to express ourselves, to stay healthy and to keep our mind keen. Participants should be dressed to move freely and able to make a little space for themselves to move within. A gentle warm up will be followed with movement games, activities and explorations. All that is needed to bring is one’s adventurous spirit!

Please register via the link provided (HERE). Registration is free with 20 spots open, and a waitlist available. 


    LESLIE MCURDY – As the recipient of the 2017 Vigor International Award and 2014 and 2000 Mayor’s Awards for “Artist of the Year” and “Outstanding Performing Artist” of Windsor Ontario respectively, Leslie McCurdy has forged her career entertaining audiences internationally. She obtained an honours B.F.A. in dance with teaching certification from the University of Michigan, then served as choreographer and teaching assistant to Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre for several of her Detroit residencies. Leslie’s theatre credits include: Mrs. Barker in American Dream; Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill; Risa in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running; Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Bobbie-Michelle in Last of the Red Hot Lovers; Dorothy in The Wiz; Laura McClellan-Williams in Checkmates; The Acid Queen in Tommy; Fraulein Kost in Cabaret; The Coochie-Snoocher in The Vagina Monologues. She also did a stint in ABC’s Detroit 1-87 and has appeared in several movies, including The Ides of March, under the direction of George Clooney, a featured role in Amanda and the Fox, a Joel Reisig production, and Deadlock with John X. Carey and Aqsa Altaf.

    Leslie is also a successful playwright, having written four one-woman plays, three of which she performs by herself. The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, her most “famous” play that she celebrates 23 years of touring with, was a finalist for a Canadian Chalmers Award for Best New Play for Young Audiences. Her second play, Things My Fore-Sisters Saw, which was filmed for TV and premiered on the Bravo Network in Canada in February 2006.  Her newest offering, Lady Ain’t Singing No Blues, a Billie Holiday portrait, has become a new audience favourite. Leslie is the subject of a documentary film for her work as an artist activist. “The Leslie McCurdy Story: On the Money” plays on Canada’s CBC television network and their GEM streaming network online.

ACWR would like to thank the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Community Foundations of Canada for their support of the MAKING SPACE initiative. 

L’ACWR souhaite remercier le Fonds d’urgence pour l’appui communautaire du gouvernement du Canada et Fondations communautaires du Canada pour le initiative FAIRE DE L’ESPACE. We extend a big thank-you to our sponsors:

Organized by

Arts Council Windsor & Region ⋅ 519-252-2787 ⋅ info@acwr.net

November 1 - December 31