Celebrate Dearborn’s “HIGHLIGHTS” in June

From June 6 - 30, The Padzieski Art Gallery presents its annual “HIGHLIGHTS” exhibition. The show is comprised of recent works by the Artists’ Society of Dearborn (ASD), which this year also includes work from the Arab American National Museum’s award-winning SURA Arts Academy, a student photography program. Featured artists will speak at the DCAC’s FREE Gallery Art Talk “Art & Appetizers” on Thursday, June 27, from 5-7 p.m.

“HIGHLIGHTS: Artists’ Society of Dearborn & SURA Arts Academy Student Photography” is an exhibition of outstanding and wide ranging artwork from the ASD in 2D and 3D formats including oil and water based paintings as well as pastels, mixed media and photography. The AANM, dedicated to nurturing the next generation of artists, is sharing eight works from their SURA Arts Academy – an after-school program providing professional photography lessons to middle and high schoolers in Dearborn and metro Detroit through ACCESS since 2000.

Equipped with cameras supplied by the AANM, students from different cultural backgrounds develop an understanding of the mechanics of photography and career opportunities in the field. Professional photographers and educators, including the DCAC’s own Bruce Harkness, have lead these discussions and explorations, helping students gain insight into issues of identity, ethnicity, diversity, and community history. The eight images included in “HIGHLIGHTS” – of the students’ families, friends and communities – represent just a portion of the inspiring creative output of the SURA Arts Academy.

The next SURA program is a summer camp and takes place July 29-Aug. 2.  Students will embark on daily field trips, exploring, documenting and photographing their surroundings. This semester, students will focus on issues of home, community and culture, telling their story and capturing experiences through their photographs. More information at: www.arabamericanmuseum.org/sura

The student’s work is shown side by side in the Padzieski Gallery with some of the best from The ASD and their most recent exhibitions. The ASD (www.dearbornart.com) includes theme challenges, such as an exploration of texture, which encourages their group to explore creativity within specific guidelines. These theme challenges will also be on display.

The exceptional quality of the student work often presents its own fun challenges as viewers enjoy  trying to distinguish between the art shown by these talented local youngsters and the more experienced members of the ASD. 

The Padzieski Art Gallery is free to visit and open Tuesdays through Fridays from 12-6 p.m. and also select weekends. The Gallery can be reached by phone during hours of operation at 313-943-5377 and the DCAC website provides more information at www.dcacarts.org.

This impressive exhibition represents a variety of works from the many talented young artists of Dearborn and the ASD and will be on display at the Padzieski Gallery through June 30.


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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Mayor's Arts Awards

Dearborn Mayor’s Arts Awards April 10 – Honorees Announced, Public Invited

Art abounds in Dearborn! To honor the achievements of outstanding artists and thank those who support the arts, the public is invited to attend Dearborn’s version of the Oscars for the arts – the prestigious Mayor’s Arts Awards.

The Dearborn Community Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office, in partnership with the Dearborn Community Fund, present the 31st Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in Studio A at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend the awards, enjoy the entertainment, and celebrate with the honorees at the Afterglow reception in the Padzieski Art Gallery. Admission is free.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee announces and congratulates the following individuals and organizations being honored for enriching lives and communities in 2018 through their artistic talents or their dedication to supporting the arts.

The Mayor's Award will be presented to sculptor Lois Teicher. This award is given to a Dearborn resident who has achieved prominence in the arts through support or performance. Teicher’s work is on exhibit through April 11, 2019 in the Padzieski Gallery at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The Artist/Performer Award will be presented to opera singer Quinto Milito, founder of the Friends of the Opera Michigan. This award is given to a fine arts artist or performing artist from the greater Dearborn community who has consistently made an impact in his or her artistic discipline.

The Arts Educator Award will be presented to Becky Ventura. This award recognizes an arts educator from the greater Dearborn community who has provided students with exemplary educational opportunities and has shown the importance of the arts through example.

The Patron Award recognizes individuals, businesses or corporations that have supported excellence in the arts by contributing to an arts organization or to the greater Dearborn arts community. The 2018 Patron Award will be presented to Howard and Jennifer Pingston of Cricket Properties.

The Organization Award will be presented to the Museum Guild of Dearborn. This award recognizes an arts organization for outstanding contributions to the advancement and support of the arts in the greater Dearborn community.

The Volunteer Award recognizes an individual who, through their volunteerism, has demonstrated significant accomplishment in advancing and supporting the arts in the greater Dearborn community. The 2018 Volunteer Award will be presented to Ghinwa Karkaba.

This year the DCAC will present an award that is not given every year. It is reserved for individuals who, through exceptional selfless dedication to the arts on a broader scale, have made a significant impact on the Dearborn community and beyond. This year, the DCAC presents its Special Recognition Award to Dearborn Symphony President Sandy Butler.

Entertainment for this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards includes pianist Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt and Edsel Ford High School students performing selections from their upcoming musical, “Mary Poppins.” MC for the evening is Richard Moore, well known for his long association with the Players Guild of Dearborn.

Arts Awards sponsors include: Don and Mary Kosch, The Glass Academy, Ameriprise Financial-Jim Thorpe, and Park Place Banquets & Catering. Advertising space is available in the Mayor’s Arts Awards program by contacting DCAC Executive Director Ralph Valdez at rvaldez@ci,dearborn.mi.us or 313-943-3095.

The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center is located at 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126.

For more information about the Mayor’s Arts Awards or the Dearborn Community Arts Council, call (313) 943-3095.

Quinto Milito - Artist Performer Award, Dearborn Mayor's Arts Awards
Lois Teicher - Mayor's Award, Dearborn Mayor's Arts Awards
G. Karkaba - Volunteer Award, Dearborn Mayor's Arts Awards
Becky Ventura - Arts Educator Award, Dearborn Mayors Arts Awards