Ford Center inspires young artists with programs to encourage creativity

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn Fourth-grade students from Dearborn Public Schools enjoyed a district-wide field trip to the Michael A. Guido Theater to see a performance by the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
Fourth-grade students from Dearborn Public Schools enjoyed a district-wide field trip to the Michael A. Guido Theater to see a performance by the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra.

DEARBORN – Fun and enriching cultural arts activities for children, including music, sculpting and writing, are taking place at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center year round.

On one especially busy art-filled morning in February, more than 2,000 elementary school students filled the theater and meeting rooms at the Ford Center when Dearborn Public Schools’ fourth-graders were treated to a performance by the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, and fifth-graders participated in art and writing workshops.

The Symphony performance in the Michael A. Guido Theater Feb. 9 was part of an annual, district-wide field trip. The free concert was made possible by sponsorship from the Dearborn Symphony, Dearborn Public Schools and donors.

In its continuation of providing cultural arts programs, the Ford Center also partners with the Dearborn Community Fund to host Sculpture and Writing Workshops, in coordination with the Midwest Sculpture Initiative, Dearborn’s Art in Public Places project.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center hosts a variety of cultural arts activities, including a sculpting workshop for fifth-graders that is organized by the Midwest Sculpture Initiative.

Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
The Ford Community & Performing Arts Center hosts a variety of cultural arts activities, including a sculpting workshop for fifth-graders that is organized by the Midwest Sculpture Initiative.

In these courses, fifth-graders study public sculptures for inspiration and use recycled materials to construct their own found-object sculptures.

During the writing session, the students are encouraged to use their imaginations to come up with creative stories and poetry also inspired by local sculptures. Several student sculptures and writing examples will be featured in the city-wide Youth Arts Festival on April 19, kicking off the month-long student art show at The Center.

To learn more about cultural arts activities at the Ford Center, go to dearbornfordcenter.com, follow on social media or call 313-943-2350.