Though a downtown development authority doesn’t exactly conjure a vision in the arts, that couldn’t be further from the truth in the case of the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority! Among our efforts in revitalizing the East Downtown Dearborn district such as events that draw thousands to our neighborhood, beautification maintenance, and organizational activities; we also recognize the fact that the arts are true economic drivers, and have incorporated such into our long-term planning. In the last several years we have increasingly focused on arts programming through collaborations with the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, the DIA ‘Inside/Out’ program, and the Pockets of Perception project, and have several more projects in the making.
With that being said, The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, along with 5 other honorees, was officially recognized by the Dearborn Community Arts Council, Mayor O’Reilly and the public at the annual 25th Mayor’s Art Awards Ceremony.
Honorees for the Art Awards included Linda Lukens, Artist / Performer Award; Catherine Prowse, Arts Educator Award; Mary Beth Oravec, Volunteer Award; Bob Varty, DCAC Bravo Award; Vanguard, Arts Organization Award; Dearborn Education Foundation, Arts Patron Award; and the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (EDDDA), Mayor’s Award Honoree.
We were all honored at the prestigious 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards, recognizing the outstanding achievements of Artists and the Arts Community for 2012, on February 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in the Michael Guido Theatre.
The evening was highlighted by performances from the Edsel Ford High School Choir, the Maples Music Ensemble and Drum Line and operatic soprano Brittania Tallori. Guests also had an opportunity to meet and congratulate the artists and honorees at the reception held immediately following the ceremony.
The Dearborn Community Arts Council is dedicated to support, promote, and develop arts and culture in our diverse community. Te Dearborn Community Arts Council, founded in 1969, is celebrating 39 years of service to the arts and cultural community of Dearborn and surrounding area. The DCAC is a non-profit, 501(c)3 umbrella organization that is dedicated to the mission statement to facilitate, encourage and support the arts in our diverse community. The DCAC provides service and support for the growth and development of 40 individual arts and cultural organizations in the Dearborn/Dearborn Heights Community.