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Welcome to the Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, a non-profit arts and education organization. The Festival began in 1991 with one event and has grown into a 10-day multi arts and cultural event. The Festival utilizes venues across the city raging in size from 60 to 800 seats.

Our mission is to provide fine art experiences to all ages. Our artists and performers provide a family performance from stage and many share their talents with students in the schools and with adults in workshops and master classes.

The festival is supported by area businesses, foundations and families, and grants from state and federal organizations. Over 200 volunteers organize these unique events to share with you and your family. We hope you enjoy your visit to Dowagiac, it is a great place to live, work, play and stay.

There is still time to enter the 2016 Emerging Playwright Award competition

Emerging Playwright Award graphicThe award was created to help inspire and recognize young adult writers. Emerging playwrights between the ages of 18-30, living or studying in Michigan and northern Indiana are eligible. These awards are sponsored by two fine arts organizations: The Beckwith Theatre and the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival.

Highlights include a total purse of $2250 ($1500 First Place, $1000 Second Place, and $250 Third Place); each finalist’s play will receive a staged reading by a local theatre company; and a stage reading of the First Place winning script will be the featured theatrical event during the week-long Dogwood Fine Arts Festival in May.

Submissions for the 2016 competition must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2016. Download an application here.

It's the Dogwood Festival's 25th anniversary

Celebrate with the Dogwood Festival May 5-15, 2016.

2016 Artists announcements coming soon

Become a Dogwood Festival member and enjoy the extra benefits!

Become a Member Today!If you are not a Dogwood Festival member, become one today! Not only do members receive exclusive announcements of festival events, they also receive quarterly mailings and special offers from local merchants. Use our online membership form and become a Dogwood Festival member.

Help the Dogwood Festival's fundraising efforts via "eScrip."

Help Dogwood via eScripeScrip is proven to be a fantastic resource for fundraising where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school, group or organization of your choice.

The Dogwood Festival is a participating organization benefiting from eScrip. It's easy (and free) to sign up, and every time you shop you automatically help the festival with our fundraising ... how simple is that!

Sign up today by going here.

Did you know that Dowagiac is the home to 15 sculptures?

"I cannot conceive how any city can describe itself as major if it does not provide its citizens with experiences in the arts.” — James A. Michener

Sculpture Guide CoverDogwood trees that grace the gardens, parks, and woods throughout Cass County surround several of the sculptures. The Dogwood Festival, named for this gift of nature, strives to bring the beauty of the fine arts to the area, and its Visual Arts Committee has successfully brought together donors and sculptors to create a lasting display of beautiful artwork for the Dowagiac area.

Learn more about these 15 works of art by downloading our "Sculptures in the City" guide. This guide details each individual piece and includes a map showing where each sculpture is located in the area.

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When you visit our city for festival events be sure to visit these stunning pieces!

Funding provided by the St. Denys Foundation