Dearborn is a beautiful place–not only because of nature and history, but thanks to a slew of art exhibits across the city.
A total of 22 pieces of art–including eight paintings from the and 14 sculptures from the Midwest Sculpture Initiative and the high school –are on display outdoors to promote art and engage citizens.
And now, the Dearborn Community Fund intends to celebrate them all.
A launch event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at the .
The event is free and open to the public. It is part of the "Art Connects Dearborn!" initiative under the guidance of the Dearborn Community Fund and in partnership with the and the .
The Royal Garden Trio, often heard playing in DIA commercials, will be featured at the event.
Executive Director of the Dearborn Community Fund EmmaJean Woodyard said the purpose of the Art Connects Dearborn! launch event is to combine Dearborn’s separate art initiatives and bring them to the public's attention.
“We want the community to know how much public art is out there so they can visit and enjoy it,” Woodyard said. “It speaks to the values of the Dearborn community that our residents and businesses appreciate art.”
She added, “In addition to providing an enjoyable visual experience, art enhances our environment and is a catalyst to increasing economic development.”
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- Through the Inside-Out program, the Detroit Institute of Arts recently installed eight reproductions of masterpieces throughout Dearborn. .
- The Midwest Sculpture Initiative returned for its Fourth Annual City of Dearborn Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Twelve sculptures were installed in April and will be on display for 12 months. .
- The POP Design Team project resulted in two sculptures on permanent display in east and west Dearborn–designed by high school students. .
“Our town has become one big outdoor gallery,” Woodyard said. “A person can make an afternoon out of visiting the sculptures and artwork in Dearborn.”
During the July 17 launch event, pamphlets about the sculptures will be available to the public.
For more information about Art Connects Dearborn! and the launch event, contact the Dearborn Community Fund office at 313-943-5478 or at www.dearborncommunityfund.org.