Virtual fundraiser for local charities takes place Aug. 7-9

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is proud to participate in a virtual Dearborn Homecoming fundraiser Aug. 7-9 with multiple other local charitable groups, service clubs and cultural arts organizations.

With the 2020 cancellation of Homecoming due to COVID-19 health concerns, the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund are offering residents a chance to relive some Homecoming moments and support the nonprofit organizations that help define the festival experience.

The charitable groups are the ones that normally sell festival favorites, like pizza, tacos, shwarma, pierogis, beer, curly chips, T-shirts and more, raising more than $70,000 each year. They take that money and support veterans, help needy families, provide scholarships, promote animal adoption, fund youth sports and promote the cultural arts.

So, on Aug. 7-9, which would have been the Homecoming weekend, the City
and the Dearborn Community Fund will present a virtual fundraiser that will be aired continuously on the government access channel, CDTV, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

The last airing at 9 p.m. each day will conclude with a replay of fireworks from a past Homecoming – always a thrilling treat!

The video will also be available on to watch as a live stream or on-demand.

Securely donate to the organizations of your choice by visiting the DCF website at Donation information will be included in the video as well.

Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. is encouraging participation in the virtual fundraiser.

“Homecoming is a Dearborn tradition, and I know we are all going to miss it this year. For our nonprofits, the cancellation is more than just missing out on summertime fun. They depend on the event to fundraise for the important work they do in our community all year long,” said Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. “You’ll feel good donating to them, and feel connected to Homecoming through this expression of community spirit.”

Dearborn Homecoming nonprofit partners benefitting from the virtual fundraiser are: ACCESS, American Legion, American Moslem Society, Bike Dearborn, Ceramics Club/Henry Ford College, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, Dearborn Community Arts Council, Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive, Dearborn Historical Museum, Dearborn Police Explorers, Dearborn Rotary, Exchange Club, Fairlane Alliance Church, Fordson Varsity Alumni Club, Friends for Animals Metro Detroit, Goodfellows, Kiwanis Club Dearborn Outer Drive, Knights of Columbus, Warrendale Community Church, and WHFR Radio/Henry Ford College.

The Homecoming 2020 video fundraiser is sponsored by Beaumont with additional support from IX Publishing. The honorary committee includes: Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.; Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja; Council President Pro Tem Mike Sareini; Councilman David Bazzy; Councilman Robert Abraham; Councilwoman Erin Byrnes; Councilwoman Leslie Herrick; Councilman Brian O’Donnell; Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud, and Wayne County Commissioner Sam Baydoun.

For more information, visit or call the Department of Public Information at 313-943-2285.

Padzieski Gallery closed due to COVID-19

The Padzieski Gallery, located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, is closed to the public until further notice, due to the coronavirus outbreak in our region.

We will share updates on the reopening and upcoming shows on our website.

For more information on City of Dearborn facility closures, including the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, visit

In the meantime, if you need to reach the Dearborn Community Arts Council, please connect with us by emailing Executive Director Ralph Valdez at

We can't wait to see you again to safely celebrate the arts in Dearborn!

Annual Juried Photography Exhibition opens Feb. 6

The Dearborn Community Arts Council (DCAC) has invited photographers — from hobbyists and beginners to intermediates and professionals — to participate in the Padzieski Art Gallery’s Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, which kicks off the DCAC’s new year on Thursday, Feb. 6.

This yearly competition offers photographers from our region an opportunity to share their work in a professional and prestigious gallery setting. Various awards and prizes are offered, including honorable mentions, as well as an opportunity for art enthusiasts to purchase limited, one-of-a-kind art photography.

This highly anticipated exhibition represents all ages, all interests and all walks of life expressed through the three categories of Color, Black and White and Digitally Altered photography. The remarkable artistic range on display presents a chance to experience the world of photography elevated from simple “picture taking” to a higher level of expression and creativity. While current technology benefits both casual and serious photographers, this exhibition serves as a reminder of the line between fine art and simple observation.

Photography Exhibition 2020 Judge Nik Haskin

Helping to define that line is this year’s judge, Nik Haskin. Haskin is a Dearborn based photographer, graphic designer and independent filmmaker. His other creative work consists of mixed media experimental art as well as science fiction influenced props & set construction. Haskin’s work has been showcased regionally and internationally.

The DCAC thanks Livonia-based PROCAM Photo & Video Gear ( for their generous ongoing support, sponsorship and contribution of prizes for this exhibition.