Mayor's Arts Awards

Nominations open for the 32nd 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 2019 as they announce the 32nd 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 Feb. 14, 2020.

The award categories for this year 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 will take place April 15 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.


Start the season Nov. 17 at the Holiday Boutique Preview Party

Holiday shoppers, artists and art lovers all look forward each year to the transformation of the Padzieski Art Gallery into a Holiday Boutique gift shop of fine art, practical crafts and personal hand-made gift items.

You can get early access to the Holiday Boutique at the Dearborn Community Arts Council's popular Preview Party fundraiser, returning to the elegant Theater Mezzanine of the Ford Community & Performing
Arts Center Sunday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Preview Party is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and shopping. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and include:
● 10 percent discount at the Holiday Boutique / Gallery gift shop during the Preview Party
● First look at the beautiful artwork and affordable crafts available in the Gallery gift shop this year
● Discounted admission to the 35th Annual Festival of Trees in the Ballroom from Nov. 24-Dec. 1.
● Silent Auction & Mystery Treasures Raffle with one-time-only special experiences (Click here to get a sneak peak at some of our auction items!)
● Delicious food, drinks and desserts

Buy Advance Tickets Now!

Tickets are $15 in advance only! Buy your ticket now to save $5!

It all happens Sunday, Nov. 17 on the Theater Mezzanine of the Ford
Community & Performing Arts Center and in the Padzieski Art Gallery, with plenty of close and FREE parking near the theater entrance. Proceeds from the DCAC’s Preview Party Fundraiser benefit community programs and services provided by the DCAC.

The DCAC’s Holiday Boutique presents a pleasurable alternative to aggressive mall crowds and the frustrations of online consumerism by
offering pleasant one-stop shopping with unique and original artistic creations for sale in the relaxed atmosphere of the Padzieski Art Gallery.

There will be special extended holiday hours as the Holiday Boutique Gallery gift shop is open from Nov. 17 thru Dec. 21.

Thank you to our donors and sponsors!

La Cakery Bakery
Park Place Catering
Bartz Bakery
Gus & Us Grill
The Great Escape Spa
The Glass Academy
Dickerson Art Gallery
Village Picture Framing
The Henry Ford
Westborn Market
Raices Mexicanas de Detroit
Arab American National Museum


Sept. 13-Oct. 10 in the gallery: Works inspired by classic art

The DCAC, in collaboration with Mary’s Artists, presents Inspired By 2.0 in the Padzieski Gallery Sept. 13-Oct 10. The exhibition features works by 11 accomplished and award-winning artists painted from real-life models interpreting themes from classic, historic and modern artwork. It includes works inspired by artists such as Degas, Klimt and Rembrandt and other themes such as Steampunk and the change of the seasons.

“Inspired By 2.0” is a return for Mary’s Artists after a successful 2017 exhibition in Dearborn’s Padzieski Art Gallery, located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.

Gallery hours for this new show are Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Also, new for this show, the gallery will also be open every Saturday, 12 - 3 p.m.

The opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Mary’s Artists represents more than 20 artists who attend weekly life studio sessions at Step Studios, owned by artist Mary Step. The studio was founded 12 years ago when artists Barbara Eko Murphy and Mary Step met at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and formed a life drawing group. Mary provides the studio, hires models and collects costumes and props. Other participating artists coordinate and encourage artists to show in solo and juried art shows.

Mary’s Artists celebrate their distinctive mix of artists from different disciplines and different walks of life by coming together to form a unique art community and studio experience.  These artists share a passion for the creative sense of community found at this special studio and for recognizing the importance of painting from life.

All this and more will be discussed at the free Opening Party on Friday, Sept. 13.  Refreshments will be served and many of Mary’s Artists will be available to discuss their contributions to the exhibition.