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Dearborn April Arts Month community “Hands On” mural project rescheduled for April 15

April Arts, a month-long celebration of the rich cultural and creative life across Dearborn, begins April 1, 2023.
The initiative was set to launch from 1-3 p.m. on April 1 with a “Community Mural” project at City Hall Park, 13615 Michigan Ave. Due to weather concerns, the community mural event has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 15. All other activities for April 1 will resume on schedule.
The mural will be created under the supervision of TEAD One resident artist, Richie Blanco. Participants can visit between 1-3 p.m. to add their hand prints to the mural, which will be on display throughout the remainder of the month.
Other activities on April 15 include the “Open Studio Hop” from 1-5 p.m., where the public is invited to visit three working artist studios. Participants can tour studios, see work in progress, and meet the creative artists behind the work. There will also be the opportunity to meet the artists.
The tour includes:
Artspace Studios – 13615, Michigan Ave (enter from John Nagy Dr)
Fishnet Studios – 4357 Schaefer (second floor)
Fine Arts Studio – 23810 Michigan Ave (second floor of Manno Clothing)
The Bike Dearborn group is also holding a special “April Arts Ride” to visit the open studios and some gallery exhibitions. Riders will meet at noon at the Black Box Coffee Shop and Art Gallery, 1034 Monroe. More information is available at www.bikedearborn.org.
Event calendars are available at the Henry Ford Centennial Library and the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. A printable version is available at: www.dearborncommunityfund.org or www.padzieskigallery.org.
April Arts Dearborn is a project of the Dearborn Recreation Commission and Cultural Arts Committee and the Dearborn Community Fund.
April Arts Flyer REVISED 03312023 WEB

Dearborn native and US Air Force Captain to serve as Grand Marshal of Dearborn’s 97th Memorial Day parade

The City of Dearborn’s 97th annual Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony takes place on Monday, May 29. The theme this year will recognize “Arab Americans who Served,” and features Dearborn native and United States Air Force Captain Maysaa M. Ouza as Grand Marshal.
Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud stated, “We’re honored to welcome Captain Maysaa Ouza as our Grand Marshal. Captain Ouza has served our nation honorably and has widened the arms of public service through both her example and her leadership. I hope everyone comes out to the parade and joins us in honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
Michigan’s oldest Memorial Day parade pays tribute to all who lost their lives in service of the country.
Captain Ouza stated, “I am extremely humbled to be selected as Grand Marshal of the Dearborn Memorial Day Parade. Since the beginning of my Air Force journey, the people of Dearborn have been by my side every step of the way, and it is a privilege to represent them as their upcoming Grand Marshal.”
Captain Ouza currently serves as legal counsel in the Victims’ Counsel Division of the USAF.
In 2020, she successfully advocated for a change in USAF policy, authorizing her to become the first Muslim to wear hijab in the Air Force. The USAF has since changed its uniform policy, ensuring others like her can serve in hijab. Throughout her career, she has been an ambassador for the Arab American veteran community and other underrepresented groups.
Ouza added, “This is a time to honor our fallen veterans, and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice they made for our nation. We also acknowledge that our veteran community represents the many identities that make up this country’s fabric.”
This year, due to planned MDOT construction, the route will begin in west Dearborn on Michigan Ave starting at Nowlin St and will end at the Dearborn Historical Museum at S. Brady St where the official ceremony will take place.
For more information about the 2023 Memorial Day parade and Remembrance Ceremony, visit: Memorial Day Parade

Ramadan Nights comes to West Downtown Dearborn

To celebrate the special month of Ramadan, the City will host an official event, along with the West Dearborn DDA, for the first time this year.

“Ramadan Nights in West Downtown Dearborn” will be a fun and safe family-friendly event for residents and visitors.

The 2023 Ramadan season activities will take place every week, for a month, from Thursday, March 23 through Friday, April 21 from 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. Food trucks, fire pits, family-friendly games, and informational tents will be available all along West Village Drive between Mason and Monroe Streets.

To ensure everyone’s safety, West Village Drive, and adjacent parking lot, will be closed to vehicular traffic starting early each Thursday until 7 a.m. on Monday mornings. 

All other roads and other parking lots will be open. Residents and those attending the event are encouraged to park in the Wagner Parking Deck using the entrance on Monroe Street.

Every week, there will be 12 participating food trucks, and one civic engagement stand hosted by ACCESS. Aside from a great selection of food, beverage, and gathering options, there will also be entertaining lawn games for friends and families to enjoy. Participating trucks include:

  • Street Scoops
  • Famous Hamburger
  • Bakri Coffee Roasters
  • Rafic's Falafel
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Pimpin Shrimp
  • Mia's Flower Truck
  • El Sayed Meats on the Go
  • Selena's Cuisine
  • Hakona Matata
  • Cinnabon

See the detailed list of food vendors, the map, and the event flyer below. See more information about the event, activities, and parking on the city's social media pages: @Dearborngov and @DowntownDearborn. 

Truck List Ramadan Nights

Ramadan Nights 2023 Flyer