Founded in 1978, the Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) is a regional non-profit 501(c)(3) arts and cultural organization that proudly serves nearly 400,000 residents in 21 Downriver communities. We operate out of the James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture (The Arts Center), a three-story, 20,000 SF historic building located in downtown Wyandotte. The DCA's mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Downriver communities by advocating and promoting the arts and providing opportunities for involvement and participation in arts and cultural activities. We actively support local artists and performers through artistic outreach programs and special promotional opportunities. The DCA also creates regional partnerships with other cultural organizations, schools and service clubs to promote artistic, cultural and special events throughout Southeast Michigan. We hold these activities in our Arts Center and by operating in the various cities we serve. Downriver overall is known as a suburban Detroit region with working-class residential neighborhoods. The cities we serve are as follows: Allen Park, Belleville, Brownstown, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile, Huron, Lincoln Park, Melvindale, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Sumpter Twp, Taylor, Trenton, Van Buren, Woodhaven and Wyandotte.
We accomplish our mission with a small professional staff and dedicated Board of Directors who work tirelessly to support our 200+ members, 9 artists-in-residence, and 5,000+ patrons who come through our doors annually seeking to expand their hearts and minds by engaging in classes, performances, and art exhibits.