Mayor's Arts Awards

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 March 1, 2019.

The award categories for 2019 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 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 20, in “Studio A” located in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.


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