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 copy at a Dearborn Library, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, or a variety of local businesses. (Printed calendar available after March 25.)
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.
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.