First Lady’s Tea rescheduled for June 23

Join the Dearborn Community Arts Council for the First Lady’s Tea honoring Dearborn’s First Lady, Christina O’Reilly, while celebrating culture, creativity and the Art of Tea.

The First Lady's Tea is scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse. The event was rescheduled from its original date due to flooding at Dearborn Hills.

Dearborn Hills is located at 1300 S. Telegraph Road in Dearborn.

This elegant fundraiser and traditional luncheon tea offers a fun filled afternoon in a refined atmosphere of beauty and luxury and is highly anticipated every year by many in the community who enjoy the “Art of Tea."

The event includes an assortment of fine teas and foods, as well as a presentation by newly appointed Arab American National Museum Director, Dr. Diana Abouali.  Ms. O’Reilly invited Dr. Abouali to speak because of the deep educational background and wide range of significant international educational leadership experience she brings to the role of directing the AANM in telling the story of Arab Americans.

The highly anticipated First Lady’s Tea fundraiser and luncheon offers an assortment of fine teas and foods, scones and assorted desserts. Guests also enjoy the Silent Auction and opportunities to win Teatime Treasure raffle prizes. Another highlight is strolling and viewing the individually decorated tea tables, each with a different theme.

As a special addition to this year’s tea, the Dearborn Historical Museum will display information about influential women in the City’s history in celebration of Dearborn’s 90th birthday.

Proceeds from the First Lady’s Tea benefit the Dearborn Community Arts Council, which operates the Padzieski Gallery and promotes the arts and arts organizations in the Dearborn area, as well as offers a variety of community arts programs.

The 2019 First Lady's Tea is presented thanks to the support of signature sponsor Maram Alaiwat, Partner, New York Life Greater Detroit, and other generous donors.

Reservations are required! Tickets are $40 each or a discounted price of $280 for a full table. Make your reservation today online via PayPal below, or using one of the following options:

  • The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office, 15801 Michigan Ave., in person, by calling 313-943-2354
  • Email: rvaldez@ci.dearborn.mi.us
  • Phone: Call DCAC Director Ralph Valdez at 313-943-3095
  • Mail: Send a check made out to the Dearborn Community Arts Council to 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, 48126 - ATTN: FLT

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Learn the art of photography with award-winning Dearborn photographer

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is offering a Basic Photography Workshop with award-winning photographer Lance Rosol at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in the Padzieski Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5-7:30 p.m.

Attendees are invited to understand more about the art of digital photography, and take their abilities to the next level at Lance Rosol’s Digital Imaging Academy’s Basic Photography Workshop.  This two-hour seminar has been created for both the casual and experienced photographer wanting to better understand their camera’s manual settings to gain more control over the photos that they take.  The Workshop will also include an overview of suggested accessories that help create quality images in more challenging environments, proper use of framing and negative space, choosing the correct lenses for different situations, knowing what to look for when purchasing a new camera and other helpful instruction.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and are encouraged to bring along with them whatever equipment they desire.

Dearborn’s Lance Rosol is a professional photographer and videographer who has enjoyed a successful career working within a variety of disciplines and artistic styles. His company, Pixel Perfect Photography, has been hired by Ford, General Electric, NBC, Masco Corp., Henry Ford College, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and many others to provide photographic services.  During his travels Mr. Rosol has come to understand that, although the tools and the technology for taking photos may change constantly, what makes a striking and memorable photograph remains consistent.  Mr. Rosol has received multiple awards for his work and currently does video and photography full-time for Ford Motor Company. He enjoys exhibiting his work as well as jurying competitions including DCAC’s current Juried Photography Exhibition at the Padzieski Gallery.

Register to attend

Register online below via PayPal, or email Dearborn Community Arts Council Director Ralph Valdez at rvaldez@ci.dearborn.mi.us for more information. Registration fee is $50. Cash and charge accepted.






Mayor's Arts Awards

Nominations open for the 31st annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Do you know someone special who deserves to be recognized for all they do for the arts in Dearborn and its surrounding communities?

The City of Dearborn Office of the Mayor, Dearborn Community Arts Council and Dearborn Community Fund invite you to help honor the artists and members of the arts community of 2018 as they announce the 31st annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. This special event offers an opportunity to look back in appreciation of the artists, arts educators, arts volunteers and arts supporters who keep the arts strong and exciting throughout Dearborn.

Art often makes an impression beyond words, but the DCAC understands the importance of acknowledging those who make art in all its forms, as well as our community’s many generous supporters of the arts. Their profound impact improves lives as well as the lives of our neighborhoods and cities.

The public is welcomed to participate in the nominating process by submitting nominations and accompanying materials by the deadline date of March 1, 2019.

The award categories for 2019 are:

  • Artist Performer Award
  • Arts Organization Award
  • Arts Patron Award
  • Arts Educator Award
  • Volunteer Award

Click here to see a list of past Mayor's Arts Awards winners.

You can make a nomination one of three ways:

  1. Online - click here to fill out and submit a nomination.
  2. Download the nomination form (click here) and mail your nominations to:
    DCAC Mayor’s Arts Awards Review Committee
    15801 Michigan Ave.
    Dearborn, Michigan 48126
  3. Email nomination forms and materials to DCAC Director, Ralph Valdez at rvaldez@cidearborn.mi.us.

Last year was another productive and creative year and the public is once again invited to take an active role in selecting those who have enriched our lives and our communities with their talent and dedication to the arts the Dearborn area community.

The Awards Ceremony is presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in “Studio A” located in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.