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.


City-Wide Art Show open now in the Padzieski Gallery

The 2015 Youth in Arts Festival, a showcase highlighting the creative talents of over 400 students from Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford College, opens on Wednesday, April 22 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.

The Center is located at at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

The Festival, a colorful and high energy event, features visual, instrumental, choral and theatrical offerings and the opening of the DPS City Wide Art Show in the Padzieski Gallery. Admission is free and open to the public to enjoy and show support for the students.

The art show at the gallery is open through May 26.

The Youth in Arts Festival is a project of the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund.

“This event is truly a festival—not just a concert—because of the variety and high spirited energy of the art and the performances by Dearborn students,” explains DCF Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard. “It’s exciting for everyone involved because this is the one time during the year that all of the schools in Dearborn showcase their arts initiatives at one time, in one place, to demonstrate how many of our young people are involved in the arts. It’s also offers a unique opportunity for the students to see and hear what their peers are doing.”

Festival activities begin at 4 p.m. with the opening of Dearborn Public Schools City Wide Art Show at the Padzieski Gallery. The exhibit, includes selected works from K-12 students. Opening remarks occur at 4:10 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater followed by Senior Talks in the Gallery at 5:30 p.m.

Artist demonstrations in the theater lobby commence at 6:30 p.m. with music provided by the Dearborn Youth Symphony Flute Ensemble. Representatives from the Dearborn Symphony and Friends of the Dearborn Symphony will host an information table.

A Collage Performance, under the direction of G. Kevin Dewey, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater.

Choral and instrumental performances will include groups from the Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford College.

The Youth in Arts Festival is a co-operative project by the DCF, Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford Community College with valuable support provided by the City of Dearborn/Parks & Recreation Department, Dearborn Community Arts Council, Dearborn Education Foundation and Margaret Schaefer.


Youth in Arts Festival celebrates talented local students

YouthInArts2014The 2014 Youth in Arts Festival, a showcase highlighting the creative talents of over 400 students from Dearborn Public Schools (DPS) and Henry Ford Community College, takes place on Wednesday, April 16 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The Festival, a colorful and high energy event, features visual, instrumental, choral and theatrical offerings and the opening of the DPS City Wide Art Show. Admission is free and open to the public to enjoy and show support for the students.

The Youth in Arts Festival is a project of the nonprofit Dearborn Community Fund (DCF).

“This event is truly a festival—not just a concert—because of the variety and high spirited energy of the art and the performances by Dearborn students,” explains DCF Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard. “It’s exciting for everyone involved because this is the one time during the year that all of the schools in Dearborn showcase their arts initiatives at one time, in one place, to demonstrate how many of our young people are involved in the arts. It’s also offers a unique opportunity for the students to see and hear what their peers are doing.”

Festival activities begin at 4 p.m. with the opening of Dearborn Public Schools City Wide Art Show at the Center’s Padzieski Gallery. The exhibit, which remains in the Gallery through May 28, includes selected works from K-12 students. Opening remarks occur at 4:10 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater followed by Senior Talks in the Gallery at 5:30 p.m.

Artist demonstrations in the theater lobby commence at 6:30 p.m. with music provided by the Dearborn Youth Symphony Flute Ensemble. Representatives from the Dearborn Symphony and Friends of the Dearborn Symphony will host an information table.

A Collage Performance, under the direction of G. Kevin Dewey, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater. Special guest performers include two Dearborn Public Schools graduates, violinist Linda (Puroff) Tolias and actor/singer Darrow Bernick. Joining Tolias for her performance will be her husband, violinist Peter Tolias.

Choral performances will include: the Elementary Honors Choir, Jim Walters, Director; the Secondary Honors Choir, Jennifer Pegouske, director; Fordson High School Vocal Ensemble, Matthew Laura, director; and a Henry Ford Community College Vocal Ensemble, G. Kevin Dewey, director.

Instrumental performances will be provided by: Maples Music Ensemble, Catherine Prowse, director; Dearborn High Concert Band and a Sax Quartet, Jeff Oshnock, director; and Smith Middle School’s Orchestra and Band, Eric Shea, director.

Edsel Ford theater arts students under the direction of Robert Doyle will perform selections from “Peter Pan.”

The Youth in Arts Festival is a co-operative project by the DCF, Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford Community College with valuable support provided by the City of Dearborn/Parks & Recreation Department, Dearborn Community Arts Council, Dearborn Education Foundation and Margaret Schaefer.

For more information about the Youth in Arts Festival, other DCF projects or how to contribute to the Fund, call 313-943-5478.