Vitek Wincza, Executive and Artistic Director

Executive and Artistic Director Vitek Wincza trained and performed as a ballet dancer in Poland and defected in 1981. He established the Hamilton Ballet School in 1987 and the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts in 1997. In 1999 he founded his first non-profit organization, Culture for Kids in the Arts, committed to providing access to quality arts programming to children and youth. This was closely followed by HCA Dance Theatre in 2001, a non-profit organization dedicated to producing and presenting new dance works for local audiences. Vitek has choreographed and produced full-lenth dance productions including the Hamilton Nutcracker with the Kiev Ballet; Pinocchio with Robert Desrosiers; and Displacement with Robert Glumbek, Vessna Perunovich and Christos Hatzis. His international recognition includes the Cultural Merit Award, Government of Poland, 1996; Honours from Moscow’s Diaghilev Foundation, 2003; and WNED and Steuben, Canadian Artist Award in Buffalo, NY, 2004. Locally, he has received two City of Hamilton Awards, one for Dance in 2004 and the Community Arts Award in 2012. Vitek also received Hamilton’s Vision 2020, 1998, and was nominated as Hamilton’s Citizen of the Year in 2013.

Victoria Long-Wincza, Program Manager

Vitek’s vision is supported by CKA Program Manager Victoria Long-Wincza, a local visual artist, art educator and McMaster University Studio Art Alumni. Victoria has worked with the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts (HCA) and Culture for Kids in the Arts (CKA) for over 15 years, as co-ordinator for visual arts, dance, drama and music programming. Victoria has received the 2010 Hamilton Employer Champion Award, Industry Education Council Hamilton and the 2011 YMCA Peace Medallion for her work with CKA. In 2013 she was the recipient of the City of Hamilton Arts Education Award.