Nominations open for the 31st 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 2018 as they announce the 31st 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. 15, 2019.

The award categories for 2019 are:

  • Artist Performer Award
  • Arts Organization Award
  • Arts Patron Award
  • Arts Educator Award
  • Volunteer Award

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 is presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, in “Studio A” located in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.


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.