Celebrate the art of tea at DCAC’s annual “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 Sunday, April 29 at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse at 1 p.m.

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."

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 beautiful live music.  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. 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.

Proceeds from the First Lady’s Tea go toward programs and activities benefiting the DCAC and its partnering arts organizations.

Reservations are required! Tickets are $35 each or $245 for a table for eight people (a discount of $35!). Make yours today online using the registration form 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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Mayors Arts Awards 2014

Celebrate the 30th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards on April 10

The public is invited to celebrate several people and organizations who made 2017 an exciting and productive year in the arts in the greater Dearborn community.

The Dearborn Community Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office are proud to present the 30th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 10 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 to the awards and the afterglow and the public are invited to come and celebrate with the honorees.

The Center is located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee announces and congratulates these individuals and organizations being honored for their work in the arts in 2017:

2017 Volunteer Award: DAVID WOOD

2017 Artist Award: HAYDAR AL YASIRY

2017 DCAC Bravo Award:  LESLIE HERRICK

2017 Mayor's Award: NORETTA DUNWORTH

2017 Arts Educator Award: SHARON BALOGA

2017 Arts Patron Award: PARK PLACE CATERERS

2017 Arts Organization Award: STOUT THEATER COMPANY

These great friends to our community will be honored at the Awards Ceremony, recognizing their outstanding achievements and contributions for 2017. 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.

Entertainment for this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards includes a musical theater performance by students of Stout Theater Company and a special performance courtesy of The Silver Strings Dulcimer Society. MC for the evening’s festivities is WHFR’s Susan McGraw, longtime host and General Manager at Henry Ford College’s popular radio station.

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


Dearborn cultural organizations team up to push city’s arts future forward

“Sculpting Dearborn’s Vibrant Future,” a fundraising event, will provide an exciting evening of visual art and live musical performances

The public is invited to be part of Dearborn’s next cultural chapter as two local organizations, the Dearborn Community Fund (DCF) and the Dearborn Community Arts Council (DCAC), host their first-ever joint fundraiser—an evening of art, music and shared purpose.

“Sculpting Dearborn’s Vibrant Future” will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

“Throughout the past year, the DCAC and DCF have worked together not only on serving Dearborn’s arts community in the present, but building a stronger arts community for generations to come,” said EmmaJean Woodyard, DCF executive director. “‘Sculpting Dearborn’s Vibrant Future’ is the next step in making that happen.”

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. on the Center’s mezzanine with a champagne reception and an opportunity for guests to be involved in the city’s next artistic endeavor.

On the mezzanine, guests will get a sneak peak of seven “maquettes”—or small-scale models—of sculptures to be displayed throughout the city in 2018-19 as part of Dearborn’s Art in Public Places initiative. They will then have an opportunity to view two additional models and cast a vote for their favorite to assist in the selection of an eighth piece. Sculptors Erik and Israel Nordin of the Detroit Design Center will be present and will do a short presentation about their work.

At 7 p.m., guests will have the unique opportunity to enjoy being served dinner on stage in the Michael A. Guido Theater followed by performances from classical pianist Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt and jazz singer Alexa Kalasz.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through the DCF by calling 313-943-5478 or online at www.dearborncommunityfund/give-online. Sponsorships are also available and can be viewed on the DCF website. Sponsors to date include: Mr. Sam Baydoun, Ms. Carolyn Blackmore, Dearborn Public Schools/Henry Ford College, Armada Oil & Gas Company, Mayor & Mrs. John B. O’Reilly, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Butler, the Henry Ford College Foundation, Mr. George Darany, Ms. Margaret Schaefer and Ms. Leslie Herrick.

Honorary Event Committee:

  • Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.
  • First Lady Christina O’Reilly
  • Wayne County Commission Chair Gary Woronchak
  • Mrs. Vivian Woronchak
  • Honorable Gene Hunt and Mrs. Carol Hunt
  • Ms. Renee Aloe
  • Mr. Sam Baydoun
  • Mr. Paul Butler & Mrs. Sandy Butler

The Dearborn Community Fund and Dearborn Community Arts Council are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. For more information, call 313-943-5478