Virtual fundraiser for local charities takes place Aug. 7-9

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is proud to participate in a virtual Dearborn Homecoming fundraiser Aug. 7-9 with multiple other local charitable groups, service clubs and cultural arts organizations.

With the 2020 cancellation of Homecoming due to COVID-19 health concerns, the City of Dearborn and the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund are offering residents a chance to relive some Homecoming moments and support the nonprofit organizations that help define the festival experience.

The charitable groups are the ones that normally sell festival favorites, like pizza, tacos, shwarma, pierogis, beer, curly chips, T-shirts and more, raising more than $70,000 each year. They take that money and support veterans, help needy families, provide scholarships, promote animal adoption, fund youth sports and promote the cultural arts.

So, on Aug. 7-9, which would have been the Homecoming weekend, the City
and the Dearborn Community Fund will present a virtual fundraiser that will be aired continuously on the government access channel, CDTV, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

The last airing at 9 p.m. each day will conclude with a replay of fireworks from a past Homecoming – always a thrilling treat!

The video will also be available on to watch as a live stream or on-demand.

Securely donate to the organizations of your choice by visiting the DCF website at Donation information will be included in the video as well.

Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. is encouraging participation in the virtual fundraiser.

“Homecoming is a Dearborn tradition, and I know we are all going to miss it this year. For our nonprofits, the cancellation is more than just missing out on summertime fun. They depend on the event to fundraise for the important work they do in our community all year long,” said Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. “You’ll feel good donating to them, and feel connected to Homecoming through this expression of community spirit.”

Dearborn Homecoming nonprofit partners benefitting from the virtual fundraiser are: ACCESS, American Legion, American Moslem Society, Bike Dearborn, Ceramics Club/Henry Ford College, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, Dearborn Community Arts Council, Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive, Dearborn Historical Museum, Dearborn Police Explorers, Dearborn Rotary, Exchange Club, Fairlane Alliance Church, Fordson Varsity Alumni Club, Friends for Animals Metro Detroit, Goodfellows, Kiwanis Club Dearborn Outer Drive, Knights of Columbus, Warrendale Community Church, and WHFR Radio/Henry Ford College.

The Homecoming 2020 video fundraiser is sponsored by Beaumont with additional support from IX Publishing. The honorary committee includes: Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr.; Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja; Council President Pro Tem Mike Sareini; Councilman David Bazzy; Councilman Robert Abraham; Councilwoman Erin Byrnes; Councilwoman Leslie Herrick; Councilman Brian O’Donnell; Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud, and Wayne County Commissioner Sam Baydoun.

For more information, visit or call the Department of Public Information at 313-943-2285.

Padzieski Gallery closed due to COVID-19

The Padzieski Gallery, located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, is closed to the public until further notice, due to the coronavirus outbreak in our region.

We will share updates on the reopening and upcoming shows on our website.

For more information on City of Dearborn facility closures, including the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, visit

In the meantime, if you need to reach the Dearborn Community Arts Council, please connect with us by emailing Executive Director Ralph Valdez at

We can't wait to see you again to safely celebrate the arts in Dearborn!

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

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.