What is the Dearborn Community Fund?
The Dearborn Community Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization that contributes to quality of life and vibrancy of the city of Dearborn, Mich., by supporting and promoting arts, recreational and cultural projects and activities across the city and at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (The Center). It is managed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of community members and a very small, part-time staff.
What does the Dearborn Community Fund do to benefit the Dearborn community?
The Fund provides financial and volunteer resources to support initiatives that enhance the quality of life for those who live, play and work in Dearborn while maintaining Dearborn as a creative and dynamic city.
In partnership with the City of Dearborn and other community organizations, the Fund is taking a leadership role in presenting programs and opportunities such as:
- Dearborn Homecoming Festival – Organized in partnership with the City of Dearborn, this is the premier fundraising event for Dearborn non-profit organizations. The festival features two nights of fireworks, a three-day carnival, popular musical performances, live entertainment, a variety of food provided by local restaurants raising funds for non-profit organizations, inflatable rides, family games, and much more. The event draws more than 125,000 visitors, including many who return home from across the country to renew friendships and enjoy activities with family members. Sponsorships are available now. Contact EmmaJean Woodyard at 313-943-5478 for details.
- Michigan Sculpture Initiative / Dearborn’s Art in Public Places Project – Includes 12 outdoor sculptures on display across Dearborn and elementary student workshops conducted by a professional artist and writer. This project is presented in partnership with the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority (EDDDA), West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority and the Dearborn Public Schools.
- Youth In Arts Festival with the Dearborn Public Schools – At the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Featuring student art exhibit, instrumental and vocal music and dance performances. 4:30 p.m. City-wide Student Art Exhibit opens. 6 p.m. Collage performance of vocal and instrumental music and dance in the Michael A. Guido Theater. Free admission.
- Pockets of Perception (POP) student design team – Public art project in which a small group of students representing all three Dearborn public high schools work with instructors, artists and business people to design and install a permanent public art project. The 2012-14 team is designing a mosaic wall and making the tiles to be installed in Dearborn’s new Intermodal Passenger Rail Station, scheduled to open in August 2014.
- Artspace – DCF is partnering with the East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority to raise funds and work with the national non-profit ARTSPACE organization to purchase and rehab an underutilized building in Dearborn to become live/work/display space for artists.
How can I support the Dearborn Community Fund?
Donations to the Dearborn Community Fund are used to fund arts, cultural and recreational projects that enhance the quality of life in Dearborn.
The DCF is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations to the Fund are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
For more information, please contact Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard at 313-943-5478.
The Dearborn Community Fund depends on volunteers who share their talents and time to assist with projects like student art and writing workshops, and events such as the Youth in Arts Festival, Saturday Night Alive fundraiser for the Michael A. Guido Theater, and at the Homecoming Festival information booth. Most of these activities involve light work such as helping young children with art projects, welcoming guests to events and providing information and directions to participants.