Public nominations open for the 30th 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 Mayor’s Office and The Dearborn Community Arts Council invite you to help honor the artists and members of the arts community of 2017 as they announce the 30th 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 March 20, 2018.

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 as either an outstanding artist, a performing artist, an educator in the arts, a business, a patron, a volunteer, or simply a very special supporter of the arts.

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

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

Kick off the holiday season with us Nov. 19

Enjoy delicious food, holiday music and the Festival of Trees at the Dearborn Community Arts Council's annual Preview p"ART"y Fundraiser from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.

The event takes place Sunday. Nov. 19 from 1-4 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. Parking is ample and free.

Admission is $20 and offers holiday shoppers a chance to discover the one-of-a-kind artwork and affordable crafts available at this year’s Holiday Boutique, as well as admission to the 33rd Annual Festival of Trees in the recently remodeled Hubbard Ballroom. Guests will also enjoy delicious food, holiday music and desserts from area restaurants at the Holiday Sky Lounge on the Theater Mezzanine of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The fundraising party also includes a Silent Auction with a Mystery Treasures Raffle Drawing and more.

Proceeds from the Preview p“ART”y Fundraiser benefit community programs and services provided by the DCAC.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact DCAC Executive Director Ralph Valdez at or 313-943-3095.

Purchase tickets online

Purchase tickets to the 2017 Preview p"ART"y Fundraiser via PayPal. To redeem your purchase, give your name at the entrance to the event.