Speed Star 1.1516366  00Ralph Valdez began his tenure as executive director of the Dearborn Community Arts Council in January 2014.

With a long history in the arts and non-profit world, Valdez was described in a 2007 newspaper article as southeast Michigan's "Cultural Ambassador."

"I'm extremely excited to support and promote the artists of this community and the good work of the many vibrant, creative and cultural arts groups with which the DCAC assists, connects and networks," Valdez said.

Valdez worked as the curator of Cultural Programming at Dearborn's Arab American National Museum from 2007-2009, where his roles and responsibilities included that of festival coordinator for the world music diversity festival Concert of Colors. He also worked as underwriting sales manager and program host and producer at WDET, as well as account executive at WUOM, the two largest public radio stations in the state.

"I'm dedicated to our region's spirit of renewal and revitalization as well as the untapped creative and vast cultural life of Wayne County and Southeast Michigan," Valdez said. "I look forward to seeking out opportunities to share, learn and grow with DCAC."

Contact Ralph at rvaldez@ci.dearborn.mi.us.