Dancers from the Mexican Patriotic Committee, winner of the Arts Organization Award, perform at the Mayor's Arts Awards on Feb. 11.

Nominations open for 29th Mayor’s Arts Awards

Who are the top artists and arts organizations of 2016 in the Dearborn area?

Help the Dearborn Community Arts Council honor them by nominating an individual or organization for the Mayor's Arts Awards!

Awards are presented annually in the following categories:

The Artist/Performer Award: To be given to a fine arts artist or performing artist from the greater Dearborn community who has consistently made an impact in his or her artistic discipline.
The Arts Educator Award:  To be given to an arts educator from the greater Dearborn community who has provided students with exemplary educational opportunities and has shown the importance of the arts through example.
The Mayor's Award: To be given to a citizen who has achieved prominence in the arts through support or performance. Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. selects this honoree from those submitted for his consideration.
The Patron Award: To be given to individuals, businesses or corporations that have supported excellence in the arts by contributing to an arts organization or to the greater Dearborn arts community.
The Organization Award: To be given to an arts organization recognized for outstanding contributions to the advancement and support of the arts in the greater Dearborn community.
The Volunteer Award: To be given to an individual who, through his or her volunteerism, has demonstrated significant accomplishment in advancing and supporting the arts in the greater Dearborn community.

Nominations are due by Feb. 24, 2017. Nominations can be made online using the form below, or by submitting a printed MAA nomination form.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in “Studio A in Dearborn’s Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. The evening includes the awards presentation, as well as performances by local artists. A reception will follow.

Click here for more information on past Mayor's Arts Awards honorees. 

Mayor's Arts Awards Nominations

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Nominations must include:

  1. The completed nomination form.
  2. A written statement explaining why they feel the candidate should be considered.
  3. A biography of the candidate or organization and/or a resume listing artistic achievements and contributions.

To send attachments to your nomination, please email DCAC Director Ralph Valdez at

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" at the First Lady's Tea on April 30, 2016

Thank you for attending the First Lady’s Tea!

First Lady's Tea Table 1

Take Tea With Dearborn’s First Lady April 30

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is once again hosting the annual First Lady’s Tea honoring Dearborn’s First Lady, Christina O’Reilly on Saturday, April 30 at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse at 1 p.m.

Dearborn Hills is located at 1300 South 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”.

As in years past, tables are artistically decorated by arts supporters, prominent community members and cultural and business organizations. The afternoon begins with mimosas and an opportunity to stroll the clubhouse, taking in the wide array of creatively decorated tables, all 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 tempting desserts. In addition to the door prizes, each guest also receives a special gift bag, a chance to win amazing gift items and gift packages including original art, and to shop the Teatime Treasures Auction and Raffle.

Another highlight of the event is a personal message of empowerment courtesy of a distinguished Keynote Speaker, still to be announced.

Proceeds from the First Lady’s Tea go towards programs and activities benefiting the DCAC and its many partnering arts groups, as well as activities of Dearborn Senior Services. Information provided below on tables now available for decorating tables or single tickets.

Reservations are required! 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:
  • 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

Make a Reservation

Register for the First Lady's Tea on April 30 via PayPal.