FACILITY - James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture
History of the Center The Center is located at 81 Chestnut in the heart of Downtown Wyandotte. The architecture of the building, constructed in 1911, represents the splendor of a different era: a time when Wyandotte exemplified our region’s entrance into America’s industrial boom. The structure was built by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, an internationally recognized fraternal service organization. In 1943, the building was bought by the Fraternal Order of Free and Accepted Masons. The Masons remained in the building for over 50 years, continuing the Odd Fellows’ tradition of community service and good fellowship. The building was purchased by the City of Wyandotte in 2008 under the tenure of then Mayor James R. DeSana. The intention was to preserve its rich history and redevelop it as a cultural facility. To that end, it became the home of the DCA in 2010.
Renting the Center Need space for your event? The Center has rental space in its lower gallery, upper gallery, classroom, and auditorium. There are also four studios for rent as well. The Center is a great location for meetings, workshops, graduations, showers and much more. For more information, please call 734-720-0671. Download the application here.
Theater Rentals We have a small stage and 110 stationary chairs. Our theatre is presented as a theatre in the round with seats surrounding the performance area. With this type of set up we have the capacity to put chairs and tables in the middle of the room. If you are interested in renting space for special events or performances in our theatre please contact us.
Exhibit Proposals The DCA is open to your vision. All media will be considered including installation, digital, performance, and video. All types of artists, emerging to experienced, as well as groups and arts organizations may submit a proposal for exhibit. Please note that Gallery schedules are determined a year in advance so proposals will not be considered until the following calendar year. Download the exhibit brochure.
Lumber Liquidators Donates New Floor to DCA The floor in the Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) community gallery has received a much-needed facelift. The old linoleum tile in the historic James R. DeSana Center for Arts and Culture has been replaced with Kensington Manor Summer Retreat teak laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators, North America's largest hardwood flooring specialty retailer. Though founded in 1978, the DCA moved into the Wyandotte Arts Center/Odd Fellows Temple building in 2010. The floor of the spacious room that holds the main gallery was part of a speckled installation from the late 1960’s; the color of creamed corn. Worn and dated, it was an eye sore that detracted from the artwork displayed above it. The new floor has a dark wood grain stained rich burnt umber and golden brown. Handscraped laminate creates a beautiful, rustic feel and has a unique texture that enhances spaces. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to showcase Lumber Liquidators's generous donation coincided with the opening reception of the “Hanging with a Friend” exhibit at 6:30 p.m. on February 22nd, 2013. A plaque recognizing the company’s contribution to the Center will be installed to inform visitors of the gallery’s benefactor. Virginia-based Lumber Liquidators is committed to the environment and the community, supporting sustainable harvesting of raw materials and sponsoring non-profit organizations across the country, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Erik Weihenmayer School Tours, the National Braille Press, and Shelter Box, in addition to many others.
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.
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.