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


Celebrating the DCAC’s 50th Anniversary

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Dearborn Community Arts Council.

To celebrate this milestone, the DCAC held a 50th anniversary celebration in July in conjunction with a show of works by members of the Artists' Society of Dearborn.

Photo collage by Sylvia Bandyke

More about Sylvia: I have a long time interest in photography and took it to a new level when I joined the Artists’ Society of Dearborn in the Fall of 2017.  Doing so gave me the opportunity to display at the Padzieski Gallery and the Henry Ford Centennial Library in the city.  From there I branched out to exhibitions in Livonia, Muskegon and Detroit and then onto exhibitions nationally from the East to West Coasts and North to South.

I like using the collage format to integrate associated images into a well-balanced, cohesive unit that is even more compelling and eye-catching because of the embedded story or theme.  Initially I began using this format when I displayed in ArtPrize in Grand Rapids from 2014 – 2018.   I have even been included in online international exhibits with my collages so I am finding acceptance of the format in many different venues.