The Mayor's Arts Awards is an annual event honoring the local arts community, including artists, volunteers, community groups and arts supporters and educators. This event celebrates all who make Dearborn's arts community so vibrant.

The 29th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards, honoring the artists and arts community of 2016, will take place on April 26, 2017 in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.

Nominations are now open for the 29th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards! Click here to submit a nomination.


Janet Konziela (right) is honored with the Artist/Performer Award at the Mayor's Arts Awards on Feb. 11.

Janet Konziela (right) is honored with the Artist/Performer Award at the Mayor's Arts Awards.

2015 Mayors Arts Awards Winners

  • The 2015 Arts Patron Award: Kenwal Steel
  • The 2015 Arts Educator Award: Jay Korinek
  • The 2015 Volunteer Award: Margaret Schaefer
  • The 2015 Artist / Performer Award: Joseph Deller
  • The 2015 Arts Organization Award: Arab American National Museum
  • The 2015 Mayor's Award: Dearborn Youth Symphony
  • The 2015 DCAC Bravo Award:  Martin Zbosnik

Mayor's Award

2014 William K. Brehm
2013 Stella Greene
2012 East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority
2011 Greg Viscomi
2010 Jim Walters
2009 Wendy Sample
2008 Jeff Oshnock
2007 Teresa Lousias
2006 Gary Kuhlmann
2005 Rosemary Jefferson
2004 Fred Birkhill
2003 Stephen Hamp
2002 Players Guild of Dearborn
2001 Peg Watson
2000 Quinto Milito
1999 Robert W. Curtis
1998 Bradley Pfeifer
1997 Noretta Dunworth
1996 G. Kevin Dewey
1995 Phillip Hespen
1994 Tony Russo
1993 Mary C. Lewandowski
1992 Dale Van Dorp
1991 Earl and Theresa Lundy
1990 James Limbacher
1989 Emma Jean Woodyard
1988 Jane and Jerry Fellrath

Artist/Performer Award

2014 Janet Kondziela
2013 Lance Rosol
2012 Linda Lukens
2011 Isabelle Renaud
2010 Adnan Chara
2009 Mike Mosallam
2008 Brian Townsend
2007 Barbara Selinger
2006 Mohamad Bazzi
2005 Dan Cascardo
2004 Dino Valle
2003 Ray Alcodray
2002 Bruce Simpson
2001 Jo Ann Korczynska
2000 Lisa Andres
1999 Lois Teicher
1998 Jacqueline Csurgai-Schmitt
1997 Tim Briody
1996 Millard Berry
1995 Joseph French
1994 Paul Bruce
1993 George Popovich
1992 Mary F. Bremer
1991 J.William Poceta
1990 Josephine Culkar
1989 Paul Ganson
1988 Steve Errante

Patron Award

2014 Insyte, Inc.
2013 MotorCities National Heritage Area
2012Dearborn Education Foundation
2011 The University of Michigan-Dearborn
2010 The American Association of University Women
2009 Roy Karcher
2008 Don and Mary Kosch
2007 Starbucks Coffee (West Dearborn)
2006 Macys
2005 Merchant's Fine Wine
2004 Visteon Corporation
2003 Exchange Club of Dearborn
2002 Rosemary Jefferson
2001 Dearborn Federal Credit Union
2000 Kiwanis Club of Dearborn
1999 Little Professor Book Center
1998 Dr. Leonard and Mary Zudick
1997 Frank and Mary Padzieski
1996 Ford Motor Land Development
1995 Dearborn Federal Savings Bank
1994 Alberta Muirhead
1993 Westborn Mall Merchants
1992 Target Stores
1991 Dearborn Rotary Foundation
1990 Dearborn Press and Guide
1989 Jacobson's
1988 Ford Motor Company Fund
1988 Park Place

Organization Award

2014 Mexican Patriotic Committee
2013 Dearborn Public Library
2012 Vanguard Voices
2011 The Artists Society of Dearborn
2010 The Motor City Brass Band
2009 Dearborn Senior Council on the Aging
2008 Federation of Women's Service Clubs
2007 Dearborn Area Theatre Association
2006 Dearborn Recreation Department
2005 Arab-American National Museum
2004 Detroit Dance Collective
2003 Dearborn Symphony Orchestra
2002 Henry Ford Community College
2001 Garden Club of Dearborn
2000 General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society
1999 Friends of the Library of Dearborn
1998 Dearborn Youth Symphony
1997 Music Guild of Dearborn
1996 Fair Lane Music Guild
1995 Dearborn Ballet Theatre
1994 Dearborn Arts and Crafts
1993 Sing Out Dearborn
1992 Dearborn Public Schools
1991 ACCESS
1990 Players Guild of Dearborn
1989 Dearborn Historical Museum
1988 Women's Association for the Dearborn Orchestral Society

Arts Educator Award

2014 Dr. George Popovich
2013 Lisa Meyer
2012 Catherine Prowse
2011 Kurt Doelle
2010 Carmelle Atkins
2009 Mike Kalasz
2008 Kate Blair
2007 Jaqueline Turri Bacus
2006 Gerry Dzuiblinski
2005 Maritsa Madias-Kalasz
2004 James Gross
2003 Greg Phillip Viscomi
2002 Christine Sickle
2001 Karen Pritchard
2000 Diane Mancinelli
1999 Russ Gibb
1998 Linda Tolias
1997 Patricia Reiter
1996 Freda Ensign
1995 Rick Goward
1994 Ralph Hashoian
1993 Jesse D. Young
1992 Wendy Sample
1991 Helen Thomas
1990 Paul Bruce
1989 Eileen Kelly
1988 Wilma Stone and Eleanor Heth

Volunteer Award

2014 Wendy Balaka
2013 Nancy Scott
2012 Mary Beth Oravec
2011 Cynthia Frabutt
2010 Ben I. Bachrach
2009 Gordon Mosley
2008 Alice Putrus
2007 Carol Peterson
2006 Tashi Georgoff
2005 DFCU Financial Volunteer Corps
2004 David Gorden
2003 Janis Bazian
2002 Kathy Mehram and Marybeth Oravec
2001 Sharon Moore
2000 Sandy Butler
1999 Helene Pierce
1998 Irja Connolly
1997 Tena and Gei Oei
1997 Margaret Schrader
1996 Shirley Dedinsky
1995 Bernice Herm
1994 Eleanor Bodurow
1993 Mary Corsi-Jarvis
1992 Hans and Eileen Prinsen
1991 Robert W. Curtis
1990 Ruth Bruce
1989 Patricia Daoust
1988 Arthur and Rosemary Jefferson
1988 Fred and Jessie Schneidewind

Bravo Award

(Selected by the DCAC )
2014 Bunnie Sandhu
2013 Karen Holland
2012 Bob Varty
2011 Leslie Greeneisen
2010 Joan Arrick
2009 Steve Gautreau
2008 Joseph T. Marks
2007 Jeff Ostrowski
2006 Leonard and Richard Moore
2005 Sharon Moore
2004 Alice Bancroft
2003 Julie Moreno
2002 Isabelle Renaud
2001 Jeff and Kim Kramb
2000 Evelyn Roy
1999 Allan Farhoud
1998 Craig Gonzolez
1997 Cora Larson
1996 Christine Schechter
1995 Tom Clark
1994 Maxine Zietz
1993 Gary Kuhlmann
1992 Donna Povich
1991 Tim Briody
1990 Robert W. Curtis

Special Recognition Award

(given only when appropriate, by the DCAC)
2011 Frank Padzieski
2008 Oakwood Health Systems, Dearborn
2006 Michael and Kari Guido
2005 Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
2004 The City of Dearborn
2003 The Henry Ford
2001 Emma Jean Woodyard