Mayors Arts Awards 2014

Celebrate the 30th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards on April 10

The public is invited to celebrate several people and organizations who made 2017 an exciting and productive year in the arts in the greater Dearborn community.

The Dearborn Community Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office are proud to present the 30th annual Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 10 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 to the awards and the afterglow and the public are invited to come and celebrate with the honorees.

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

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee announces and congratulates these individuals and organizations being honored for their work in the arts in 2017:

2017 Volunteer Award: DAVID WOOD

2017 Artist Award: HAYDAR AL YASIRY

2017 DCAC Bravo Award:  LESLIE HERRICK

2017 Mayor's Award: NORETTA DUNWORTH

2017 Arts Educator Award: SHARON BALOGA

2017 Arts Patron Award: PARK PLACE CATERERS

2017 Arts Organization Award: STOUT THEATER COMPANY

These great friends to our community will be honored at the Awards Ceremony, recognizing their outstanding achievements and contributions for 2017. 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.

Entertainment for this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards includes a musical theater performance by students of Stout Theater Company and a special performance courtesy of The Silver Strings Dulcimer Society. MC for the evening’s festivities is WHFR’s Susan McGraw, longtime host and General Manager at Henry Ford College’s popular radio station.

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


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.


Mayors Arts Awards 2014

Thanks for joining us at the Mayor’s Arts Awards!

The 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards celebrates our creative community and recognizes outstanding achievements in the arts from the past year. The 2015 awardees were honored Feb. 10 in a ceremony. 

Thank you for joining us!


The year 2015 was a special one for many in the arts in the greater Dearborn community. Anniversaries were and continue to be celebrated between this year and last.  The Dearborn Community Arts Council and the Mayor’s Office are proud to present the 28th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony recognizing some of these special anniversaries on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7 p.m. in “Studio A” at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and the public are welcome to come and celebrate with the honorees.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards Selection Committee is please to announce and congratulate these individuals and organizations being honored for their work in the arts in 2015:

  • The 2015 Arts Patron Award: KENWAL STEEL
  • The 2015 Arts Educator Award: JAY KORINEK (WHFR celebrates 30 years)
  • The 2015 Volunteer Award: MARGARET SCHAEFER
  • The 2015 Artist / Performer Award: JOSEPH DELLER
  • The 2015 Arts Organization Award: ARAB AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
  • (AANM celebrates 10 years)
  • The 2015 Mayor's Award: DEARBORN YOUTH SYMPHONY (DYS celebrates 40 years)
  • The 2015 DCAC Bravo Award:  MARTIN ZBOSNIK (celebrating 10 years at the Ford Center)

These great friends to our community will be honored at the Awards Ceremony, recognizing their outstanding achievements and contributions for 2015. 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 festivities will be hosted by Carolyn Blackmore of The American Association of University Women Dearborn and the Dearborn Recreation and Parks and will include very special performances from honoree violinist Joseph Deller, the Fordson High School Choral Ensemble: Jamileh under Director Matt Laura accompanied by founder and director of the National Arab Orchestra, Michael Ibrahim on the oud, and more!

The ceremony will be followed by an afterglow reception across the lobby in the Padzieski Gallery.