Join Dearborn’s Cultural Arts Division for fun, affordable, and enriching activities that will help make the best of your summer.

Whether you enjoy acting, singing, dancing, writing or creating art, the City of Dearborn offers many inexpensive, enriching possibilities for all ages during the summer season at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center (The Center).

Dramatically speaking, from July 12 to July 16, Missoula Children’s Theatre, an internationally acclaimed touring company, will be in residence at The Center.

Students 6-18 years old can participate in this theatre experience, which ends with a full production of Treasure Island on Friday, July 16 at 6 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in three special workshops, a backstage art lab, and experience theatre games during the residency.

Detroit Dance Collective-City Dance Center is offering a Summer Camp of the Arts for girls and boys ages 7-11. The two, one-week sessions will take place at The Center’s dance studio, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 14 to June 18 and June 21 to June 25.

Professional artists and guests will provide joyful and rewarding arts experiences for youngsters in a day camp atmosphere. Activities include visual arts, creative writing, and movement classes combining yoga, ballet, and creative movement.

For additional information and to register please visit, call 313.943.2135, or email

Dearborn Summer Festival Chorus is open to individuals 16 years and older who love to sing. Under the artistic direction of G. Kevin Dewey, the first rehearsal will occur in Studio A at The Center on June 2 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Repertoire will combine the best in classical music, popular and jazz styles. The summer will culminate with a performance in the Michael A. Guido Theater on Wednesday, July 28 at 8 p.m.

Creativity flows in summer, so why not have your child participate in our Children’s Summer Art Classes taught by Dearborn Public School art teacher Wendy Sample. During the week of July 5, two separate art classes will occur at The Center.

Art Treasures for ages 4 to 6, and Me, Myself, & Aye! for ages 10 to 13 will enable your budding artists to creatively grow through such media as drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, and other fun-filled art experiences.

During the week of July 19, Swashbucklin’ Fun for ages 7 to 9 will occur. The artwork from each of the three class sections will be on display the last Thursday of each session in the Padzieski Art Gallery.

Mini ArtVentures sponsored by Dearborn Recreation’s Cultural Arts and Senior Services Divisions is a multi-generational program for teens, adults, and senior residents to discover life enhancing experiences through the arts.

Imaginative Writing occurs. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 20, 21, and 22 in the Wet Rooms and on the grounds of The Center. Learn what you really think and take delight in the awesome power of imagination through writing.

ArtVenture instructor Anne Gautreau, educator and writer, believes that awakening your senses through writing is key.

Exploring Digital Photography occurs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, August 3, 4, and 5 in Studio B and on The Center’s grounds. Experience fine art digital photography with photographer Teresa Lousias. These sessions will cover photographic techniques, terminology, critiques, and the art of “seeing.” All participants must bring a digital camera that they are familiar with.

For more detailed information and to register for any of these summer programs, please contact the Michael A. Guido Theater Box Office at (313) 943-2354. Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center is located at 15801 Michigan Avenue at Greenfield Avenue in Dearborn, Michigan.