Youth in Arts Festival celebrates talented local students

YouthInArts2014The 2014 Youth in Arts Festival, a showcase highlighting the creative talents of over 400 students from Dearborn Public Schools (DPS) and Henry Ford Community College, takes place on Wednesday, April 16 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The Festival, a colorful and high energy event, features visual, instrumental, choral and theatrical offerings and the opening of the DPS City Wide Art Show. Admission is free and open to the public to enjoy and show support for the students.

The Youth in Arts Festival is a project of the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund (DCF).

“This event is truly a festival—not just a concert—because of the variety and high spirited energy of the art and the performances by Dearborn students,” explains DCF Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard. “It’s exciting for everyone involved because this is the one time during the year that all of the schools in Dearborn showcase their arts initiatives at one time, in one place, to demonstrate how many of our young people are involved in the arts. It’s also offers a unique opportunity for the students to see and hear what their peers are doing.”

Festival activities begin at 4 p.m. with the opening of Dearborn Public Schools City Wide Art Show at the Center’s Padzieski Gallery. The exhibit, which remains in the Gallery through May 28, includes selected works from K-12 students. Opening remarks occur at 4:10 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater followed by Senior Talks in the Gallery at 5:30 p.m.

Artist demonstrations in the theater lobby commence at 6:30 p.m. with music provided by the Dearborn Youth Symphony Flute Ensemble. Representatives from the Dearborn Symphony and Friends of the Dearborn Symphony will host an information table.

A Collage Performance, under the direction of G. Kevin Dewey, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater. Special guest performers include two Dearborn Public Schools graduates, violinist Linda (Puroff) Tolias and actor/singer Darrow Bernick. Joining Tolias for her performance will be her husband, violinist Peter Tolias.

Choral performances will include: the Elementary Honors Choir, Jim Walters, Director; the Secondary Honors Choir, Jennifer Pegouske, director; Fordson High School Vocal Ensemble, Matthew Laura, director; and a Henry Ford Community College Vocal Ensemble, G. Kevin Dewey, director.

Instrumental performances will be provided by: Maples Music Ensemble, Catherine Prowse, director; Dearborn High Concert Band and a Sax Quartet, Jeff Oshnock, director; and Smith Middle School’s Orchestra and Band, Eric Shea, director.

Edsel Ford theater arts students under the direction of Robert Doyle will perform selections from “Peter Pan.”

The Youth in Arts Festival is a co-operative project by the DCF, Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford Community College with valuable support provided by the City of Dearborn/Parks & Recreation Department, Dearborn Community Arts Council, Dearborn Education Foundation and Margaret Schaefer.

For more information about the Youth in Arts Festival, other DCF projects or how to contribute to the Fund, call 313-943-5478.

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Join Dearborn’s First Lady for Tea, Treasures and Conversation


The First Lady's Tea will return to Dearborn Hills Golf Course Saturday, April 26.

The First Lady’s Tea will return to Dearborn Hills Golf Course on Saturday, April 26, from 1-4 p.m.

Spring is here! It is time to make your reservation for the annual First Lady’s Tea honoring Dearborn’s First Lady, Christina O’Reilly on Saturday, April 26, from 1-4 p.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse.

This traditional sell-out event will once again be the must-attend afternoon everyone looks forward to. Tables will be artistically set by prominent members of the community for the high tea luncheon. Mimosas and live music will greet everyone as they arrive to enthusiastically view the wide array of distinctly unusual table settings and to shop the Teatimes Treasures auction.    

The high tea luncheon will feature an assortment of fine teas complimented by a gourmet soup, Michigan salad, a selection of tea sandwiches, scones and muffins, fresh fruit and a buffet of tempting mini desserts to choose from.

As in past years, an accomplished woman will  highlight the afternoon as the distinguished speaker.

This wonderful tradition is an excellent opportunity to show that special lady in your life that you want to spend time with her and to share a unique afternoon together.

Reservations are $35 per person, and can be made by calling 313-943-3095, or by sending a check to the Dearborn Community Arts Council, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 48126.

Proceeds from this annual event support the activities of the Dearborn Community Arts Council’s 46  umbrella groups providing  regional arts and cultural programming  and the Dearborn Senior Services.

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Highlights from the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards

Congratulations to the 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards winners!

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