April in Dearborn: Celebrating the arts with a little bit of Martian thrown in for good measure

April is for the arts in Dearborn. The city has launched its first-ever Dearborn Arts Month, which encourages residents to, "Look, Listen, and Learn." Events can be found throughout the city, all month long.

Taking place over the course of the month is the Business in the Arts-Artists in Action program. Several businesses in Dearborn have opted into the program, where businesses host area artists. Patrons can walk through businesses during select times and observe and even interact with artists as they create their works. A wide range of art media is represented, including oil painting, watercolor painting, rug hooking, and music performances.

Examples of the Business in the Arts-Artists in Action program include Janus Benda's watercolor/acrylics demonstration at La Fork on Tuesday, April 18, the General Dearborn Quilting Society at the Henry Ford Centennial Library on Thursday, April 20, and Janice Frank's rug hooking demonstration at Village Ford Parts & Service on Friday, April 21.

Planned for Wednesday, April 19, is the Youth Arts Festival at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. The event will feature a 4 p.m. art exhibit that features the work of hundreds of students. A variety show "collage concert" featuring vocal, instrumental, and theater performances will start at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Dearborn Arts Month will culminate with the Mayor's Arts Awards at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. The event will showcase the individuals and businesses in Dearborn that champion the arts. This event is also free and open to the public.

Click here for a full schedule of Dearborn Arts Month events.

Martian Marathon: Though it may not be part of Dearborn Arts Month, a marathon planned for Saturday, April 22, is no less creative. Dubbed the Martian Marathon, the event features a marathon, 10K, 5K, and half-marathon runs, all carrying Martian themes.

Click here for more information on the Martian Marathon.

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