Our mission 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.
About the DCA Founded in 1978, the Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that proudly serves nearly 400,000 residents in 21 Downriver communities. 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.
What the DCA offers Lectures, workshops, classes and youth art camps, gallery exhibits, theater productions, literary events, music concerts and classes, gift gallery, facility rentals and volunteer opportunities.
How the DCA is funded Memberships, grants, foundation support, corporate support, sponsorships, fundraisers and special events, gallery sales, an annual giving campaign, classes, workshop fees and donations.
DCA Board of Directors These individuals effectively make decisions about the strategic, legal, financial, and operational direction of the DCA. We welcome all individuals who possess the knowledge and skills to help support the efforts of the DCA. We are looking to grow our board by adding individuals dedicated to working towards our mission. Board members are not paid, but serve as volunteers for the organization. We accept nominations all year. Motion to accept presented executive board slate is made in January. Our annual open board meeting to DCA members is held in January. Interested parties should submit their letter of intent to the Nominating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joan Brophy - President Dale Cook- Vice President Linda Soules - Treasurer Paula Boase - Corresponding / Recording Secretary Evelyn Cairns - Member at Large James R. DeSana - Member at Large Phillipa Matakas- Member at Large
Cheryl Alt, Rob Bovitz, Delores Elswick, Scott A. Galeski, Maureen Keast, Joseph G. Kuspa, Judy Nelms, Mary Ann Perttunen, Waltraud Prechter, Karen Ranka, Faye Tabor, Steve Wildern, Norma Wurmlinger
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DCA communities 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, Wyandotte
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View our GuideStar profile by clicking on the logo at the right.
Click on the image at the right to download our Culutral Data Project Funder Report FY 2014-2016.
Click on the image at the right to download the DCA's 2008 Strategic Plan.
Commitment to Accessibility
The Downriver Council for the Arts is committed to ensuring equal access and participation for people with disabilities. We are committed to treating people with disabilities in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence.
We believe in integration, and we are committed to meeting the needs of people with disabilities in a timely manner. We will do so by removing and preventing barriers to accessibility.
The activities of the DCA are supported by the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS. Please click on their logos to understand the importance of state government investment and the impact of public funding on the arts in our community.
What it means when you see "… supported by the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
The State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding. MCACA coordinates grants to arts and culture organizations, cities and municipalities, and other nonprofit organizations to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan. The Downriver Council for the Arts is a recipient of a MCACA grant. Many people throughout the state are unaware of the long-term impact our programs have on the quality of life in our community. This impact extends beyond a quality arts or cultural experience, it also includes employee retention, business retention, cultural tourism, and various other forms of economic impact, as well as, the educational impact our organization has on our community. Without the state government investment and support of our elected officials our grant award is not possible. Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. We strongly encourage you to keep supporting arts in your community! You can visit the MCACA website at michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs
Federal support is granted through the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. Please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
Friday: Closed - open for special events
Sunday and Monday: Closed - open for special events
The Downriver Council for the Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)3 regional arts organization that represents, promotes and serves 21 Downriver communities in Southeast Michigan. Our 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. The Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex or handicap. Funding for the DCA comes from grants, donations, membership, fundraising events, and gallery sales.