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


Seeking Submissions for 23nd Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

Submissions for the 2018 Juried Photography Exhibition are now closed. Thank you for your interest!

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is proud to present the 23rd annual Juried Photography Exhibition, set for Feb. 1-28 at the Padzieski Gallery.

The gallery is located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

The exhibition is sponsored by photo and video gear store ProCam of Livonia.

Amateur and professional photographers alike are invited to submit their works for consideration in the show.

OPENING RECEPTION:

The Opening Party & Reception with Awards will be held Friday, Feb. 2 from 6-8 p.m. The Reception & Exhibition are free to attend.

ELIGIBILITY AND CONDITIONS:

  • Open to both amateur & professional photographers
  • Jurying will be from actual work (no slides, websites, etc.)
  • Juried work must be dropped off between 12-7 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17
  • The DCAC and the City of Dearborn are responsible for works on city premises, but not for work delivered early, in damaged condition or left after the close of the exhibit.
  • We reserve the right to determine qualifying categories.

CATEGORIES:
There will be three separate categories: Black & White, Color and (Digitally) Altered

JURORS:
Celebrated local photographer Bill Gemmell

AWARDS:
Best of Show: $100 ProCam gift card

B & W First Place: $50 ProCam gift card
B & W Second Place: $25 ProCam gift card

Color First Place: $50 ProCam gift card
Color Second Place: $25 ProCam gift card

Altered First Place: $50 ProCam gift card
Altered Second Place: $25 ProCam gift card

JURY AND ENTRY FEE:

  • $20 per entry (first 2), & $10 (entries after first 2)
  • You may submit up to two entries in each category at $20 for the first 2, then $10 per photograph.
  • ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

ENTRY PROCEDURES:

  • Artists submitting photographs for this exhibit must complete the entry form and checklist, sign the form, attach a label to the back of each piece and enclose the correct entry fee. Your label must include artist’s name, title, category, price.
  • All prints must be framed under glass or plexiglass and be ready for hanging with attached wire.
  • Size is limited to 36 inches by 36 inches, including frame

Photographers are responsible for delivery and pick up of their work. ALL work must be picked up after the exhibition by March 1, 2018 between 1-6 p.m.

HAND DELIVERY AND PICKUP OF ENTRIES:

You may deliver your framed photos on Jan. 16-17 between 12-7 p.m. No mail-in entries will be accepted. NO WORK will be accepted BEFORE Jan. 16 at 12 p.m. or AFTER 7 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2018.

Deliver entries to the Padzieski Art Gallery inside the Ford Community Performing Arts Center, located at 15801 Michigan Avenue Dearborn MI, 48126.  Call 313-943-3095 with any questions.

PICK UP: All accepted work must be picked up between 1-6 p.m. March 1 AFTER the close of the exhibit. Any accepted or declined work NOT picked up by 6 p.m. March 1 becomes DCAC property.

DECLINED WORK:

Participants will be notified by email ONLY if their work is declined.  A return response will be requested. All declined work must be picked up on Tuesday, Jan. 23 between 1-6 p.m.

SALES / GALLERY COMMISSIONS:

A 30 percent commission will be charged on all sales made during the exhibition. Please price work accordingly. All purchases to remain in gallery during exhibition.


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 rvaldez@ci.dearborn.mi.us 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.