April is Arts Month in Dearborn!

Via the City of Dearborn:

Art, music, theater – Dearborn has it all!

Arts Dearborn, a month-long celebration, will shine a spotlight on the community’s rich cultural landscape and encourage all to “look, listen, learn.”

"Look" at the April calendar of events that will let you know when you can “look” at art exhibits and demonstrations across the city all month long. Find the calendar on Facebook/Arts Dearborn, pick up a printed copy at a Dearborn Library, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, or a variety of local businesses or visit this link: Arts Dearborn Aril 2017 Schedule of Events.

Arts Dearborn begins with an exciting “Gallery Rally” during the first week of April, encouraging visitors to “look” at exhibits at the nine art gallery locations across the city. Art galleries include the Padzieski Gallery (Ford Community & Performing Arts Center); Arab American National Museum* (AANM); Artspace; Green Brain Comics, Rotunda Gallery (Centennial Library), Sisson Gallery (Henry Ford College); Berkowitz Gallery (University of Michigan-Dearborn), the Glass Academy, and Art for the Spirit (Beaumont Oakwood). Installations include work from local, regional and national artists and noteworthy collections. Admission is free at each site. (*AANM admission ticket required.)

“Look" at a captivating “Walk Around” photo exhibit representing the many faces of Dearborn on display in the windows of several area businesses. Photos were taken by local photographers and students participating in the SURA Arts program at the Arab American National Museum.

“Listen” to the award-winning Dearborn Symphony at its April 7 “Cartoons and Comics” POPS concert featuring favorites from classic cartoons, movie scores, video games with added surprises. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are available at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office.

“Look, listen and learn” more about the arts and their impact on Dearborn students at the annual Youth Arts Festival on April 19 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Hundreds of students will participate in the city-wide art exhibit that opens at 4 p.m. and collage concert at 7 p.m., offering a fast-paced variety show of vocal, instrumental and theater performances. All are welcome, admission is free.

The annual Mayor’s Arts Awards on April 26 at 7 p.m. provides an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate individuals and businesses that promote and support the arts. Admission is free to attend this event at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

A number of local businesses are promoting art in Dearborn by hosting artists in their establishments during April.  The Business in the Arts-Artists in Action program provides an opportunity to observe and interact with artists working in a variety of mediums including oil and watercolor painting, performing music, and rug hooking.

Details about all April Arts Dearborn opportunities are included in a special calendar available after March 25 online on the April Arts Dearborn Facebook page. Printed copies of the calendar area available at Dearborn Public Library locations, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, participating art galleries and a variety of local businesses. To request a printed calendar, contact the Dearborn Community Fund by phone at 313-943-5478 or email dearborncommunityfund@ci.dearborn.mi.us.

Support for Arts Dearborn has been provided by the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Dearborn.

Arts Dearborn is coordinated by the Dearborn Community Fund in cooperation with community cultural organization members of the Dearborn Recreation Commission Cultural Arts Committee.  Committee organizations include the Arab American National Museum; Dearborn Community Arts Council, Dearborn Community Fund, Dearborn Public Schools (Art & Music); Dearborn Recreation Commission; Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Youth Symphony; Friends of the Dearborn Symphony; Motor City Brass Band; and Players Guild of Dearborn.


Celebrate the Art of Tea at First Lady’s Tea April 29

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is once again hosting the annual First Lady’s Tea honoring Dearborn’s First Lady, Christina O’Reilly while celebrating culture, creativity and the Art of Tea on Saturday, April 29 at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course Clubhouse at 1 p.m.

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”.

Tables are artistically decorated by arts supporters, prominent community members and cultural and business organizations. The afternoon begins with music and mimosas and a leisurely stroll of the clubhouse, taking in the wide array of creatively decorated tables, while being serenaded by a a classical string trio. 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 healthy fruits and decadent desserts. In addition to the door prizes, each guest also receives a special gift bag. There will also be chances to win wonderful gift items and packages including original art, gift cards, and to shop the Teatime Treasures Auction and Raffle. Another highlight of the event is a personal message of empowerment courtesy of this year’s distinguished guest speaker Carolyn Cassin, President and CEO, Michigan Women’s Foundation.

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

Tickets are $35 per person. Reservations can be made online, or through the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office in person, or by phone: 313-943-2354, or by sending your $35 check made out to DCAC, to 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, 48126 - ATTN: FLT

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Celebrate Dearborn Arts on April 26 at the Mayor’s Arts Awards

The Dearborn Community Arts Council and the Dearborn Mayor’s Office are proud to present the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 26 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 and the public are welcome to come and celebrate with the honorees.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee announces and congratulates these individuals and organizations being honored for their work in the arts in 2016:

  • 2016 Arts Educator Award: Su Doman
  • 2016 Volunteer Award: Bruce Harkness
  • 2016 Artist/Performer Award: Dave Gorden
  • 2016 Mayor's Award: Glass Academy
  • 2016 Arts Patron Award: Green Brain Comics
  • 2016 DCAC Bravo Award:  Jessica Carreras
  • 2016 Special Recognition Award: Robert Curtis
  • 2016 Arts Organization Award: Players Guild of Dearborn

These great friends to our community will be honored at the Awards Ceremony, recognizing their outstanding achievements and contributions for 2016. 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.

The evening’s celebration features a special performance by the U.S. Air Force’s Freedom Winds Quintet and the MC for the festivities will be Radio Host Jay Korinek, beloved Henry Ford College Professor and recipient of last year’s Arts Educator Award.

Anyone interested in purchasing ad space in this year’s program (ONLY $20-$50!) is asked to contact DCAC Executive Director Ralph Valdez at rvaldez@ci,dearborn.mi.us or 313-943-3095.

The Ceremony will be followed by an open reception and Afterglow across the theatre in the lobby and at the Padzieski Art Gallery 313-943-5377.