Free symphony concert for fourth gradersLots of fun and enriching cultural arts activities for children, including music, sculpting and writing, take place year-round at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

On one especially busy art-filled morning in February, more than 2,000 elementary school students filled the theater and meeting rooms at The Center when Dearborn Public Schools’ fourth-graders were treated to a performance by the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, and fifth-graders participated in art and writing workshops.

The Symphony performance in the Michael A. Guido Theater on Feb. 9 was part of an annual, district-wide field trip. The free concert was made possible by sponsorship from the Dearborn Symphony, Dearborn Public Schools and generous donors.

In its continuation of providing cultural arts programs, The Center also partners with the Dearborn Community Fund to host Sculpture and Writing Workshops, in coordination with the Midwest Sculpture Initiative (MSI), Dearborn's Art in Public Places project.

In these courses, fifth-graders study public sculptures for inspiration and use recycled materials to construct their own found-object sculptures.

During the writing session, the students are encouraged to use their imaginations to come up with creative stories and poetry also inspired by local sculptures. Several student sculptures and writing examples will be featured in the city-wide Youth Arts Festival on April 19, kicking off the month-long student art show at The Center.

If you’d like to learn more about cultural arts activities at The Center, stay up to date by visiting, follow The Center on social media or call (313) 943-2350.