Celebrate the Art of Tea at First Lady’s Tea April 29

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is once again hosting the annual First Lady’s Tea honoring Dearborn’s First Lady, Christina O’Reilly while celebrating culture, creativity and the Art of Tea on Saturday, April 29 at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse at 1 p.m.

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”.

Tables are artistically decorated by arts supporters, prominent community members and cultural and business organizations. The afternoon begins with music and mimosas and a leisurely stroll of the clubhouse, taking in the wide array of creatively decorated tables, while being serenaded by a a classical string trio. The Luncheon features an assortment of fine teas complimented by a tasty Michigan salad, delicious assorted tea sandwiches, scones and muffins, as well as a buffet of healthy fruits and decadent desserts. In addition to the door prizes, each guest also receives a special gift bag. There will also be chances to win wonderful gift items and packages including original art, gift cards, and to shop the Teatime Treasures Auction and Raffle. Another highlight of the event is a personal message of empowerment courtesy of this year’s distinguished guest speaker Carolyn Cassin, President and CEO, Michigan Women’s Foundation.

Proceeds from the First Lady’s Tea go towards programs and activities provided by the DCAC and its partnering arts groups, as well as activities of Dearborn Senior Services. Information provided below on tables now available for decorating or single tickets.

Tickets are $35 per person. Reservations can be made online, or through the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office in person, or by phone: 313-943-2354, or by sending your $35 check made out to DCAC, to 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, 48126 - ATTN: FLT

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Celebrate Dearborn Arts on April 26 at the Mayor’s Arts Awards

The Dearborn Community Arts Council and the Dearborn Mayor’s Office are proud to present the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in “Studio A” at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center

An afterglow reception to follow in the Padzieski Art Gallery. Admission is free and the public are welcome to come and celebrate with the honorees.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee announces and congratulates these individuals and organizations being honored for their work in the arts in 2016:

  • 2016 Arts Educator Award: Su Doman
  • 2016 Volunteer Award: Bruce Harkness
  • 2016 Artist/Performer Award: Dave Gorden
  • 2016 Mayor's Award: Glass Academy
  • 2016 Arts Patron Award: Green Brain Comics
  • 2016 DCAC Bravo Award:  Jessica Carreras
  • 2016 Special Recognition Award: Robert Curtis
  • 2016 Arts Organization Award: Players Guild of Dearborn

These great friends to our community will be honored at the Awards Ceremony, recognizing their outstanding achievements and contributions for 2016. The DCAC looks forward to spotlighting these individuals and groups who have enriched our lives and our communities with their talent, as well as their dedication and support of the arts.

The evening’s celebration features a special performance by the U.S. Air Force’s Freedom Winds Quintet and the MC for the festivities will be Radio Host Jay Korinek, beloved Henry Ford College Professor and recipient of last year’s Arts Educator Award.

Anyone interested in purchasing ad space in this year’s program (ONLY $20-$50!) is asked to contact DCAC Executive Director Ralph Valdez at rvaldez@ci,dearborn.mi.us or 313-943-3095.

The Ceremony will be followed by an open reception and Afterglow across the theatre in the lobby and at the Padzieski Art Gallery 313-943-5377.


Comic Pages Thru the Ages Open Through April 7

Green Brain Comics, the Dearborn Community Arts Council, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra and Dearborn Public Schools are coming together for the first time to celebrate the history of cartoons and comic book art and even their connection to classical music. The free exhibition Comic Pages Thru The Ages opens at the Padzieski Art Gallery on March 9 with a reception at 6 p.m., but the action packed Closing Night Party on Friday, April 7 will also include the Dearborn Symphony’s premier performance of Cartoons & Comics in Concert!

The exciting collaboration of these organizations offers an opportunity to break barriers while having fun blurring the lines between art that is popular and scholarly, entertaining and serious. The exhibition Comic Pages Thru The Ages (March 9 - April 7) has been thoroughly and lovingly curated by dedicated art collectors Richard Rubenfeld and Martin Hirchak, with invaluable assistance from Dan Merritt of Green Brain Comics. Rare and unpublished comic book and cartoon artwork from the 1930s to the present day will be shown, highlighting some of the legendary artists who brought these pages to life for fans of all ages.

The lobby outside of the Gallery will feature a wide array of comic style artwork by students representing Dearborn Public Schools.

Meanwhile, on Friday, April 7, as the Gallery’s Closing Party gets under way, the Dearborn Symphony’s Pops Conductor and pianist Rich Ridenour will lead the orchestra in action packed performances ranging from classical landmarks by Wagner and Rossini to popular cartoon favorites including “Powerhouse” by Raymond Scott and others. The Symphony’s Cartoons & Comics in Concert! promises to thrill audiences not only with these musical gems but also with live action painting happening simultaneously on the stage of the Michael A. Guido Theater.

Wednesday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m., Teatime with the Artists —the DCAC’s regular monthly Gallery Talk program—will feature artists and curators from Comic Pages Thru The Ages to discuss the artwork and artists on display. This informal and entertaining art talk with refreshments including coffee, tea and sweets is free to the public without registration. Learn more about the exhibit while discovering what inspires these artists and collectors.