More about the dca


Our mission:

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.


We provide opportunities for involvement and participation in the arts through lectures, workshops, adult and youth classes, summer youth art camps, gallery exhibits, cultural events, theater productions, literary events, music concerts and classes, an artist gift gallery, facility rentals and volunteer opportunities.

Where and who?

The DCA proudly serve nearly 400,000 residents in 21 Downriver communities. Downriver is the area in Michigan comprised of cities south of Detroit. In historic times, these cities were accessible by traveling down the Detroit River. Downriver overall is known as a suburban Detroit region with working-class residential neighborhoods and includes 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.


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. Interested parties should submit their letter of intent to the Nominating Committee at 
Jan Dunbar - 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
Joan Brophy - Past President

Rob Bovitz, Scott A. Galeski, Joseph G. Kuspa, Michelle Porter, Waltraud Prechter, Karen Ranka, Steve Wildern



The Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) is committed to making our programs and services accessible to all stakeholders. DCA events are open to the public and located at accessible venues. Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.  Please contact the DCA two weeks in advance to make your request or to obtain additional information. The DCA welcomes comments on how to improve and enhance our services for people with disabilities.


Website Accessibility

The DCA is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines.


Links to Third Party Sites/Disclaimer of Liability & Endorsement

Some links on the DCA website are not under the control of the DCA, and the DCA is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site, or any changes or updates to such sites. The DCA is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any linked site. The DCA is providing these links to you only as a convenience and the inclusion of any link does not imply the DCA’s endorsement of the site.  DCA makes no warrant, express or implied, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information from the service or links to other services.


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

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