Arts and CultureWyandotte Arts Center
The Arts Center
The James R. DeSana Center for Arts & Culture is located at 81 Chestnut in the heart of Downtown Wyandotte. The 1911 Independent Order of the Odd Fellows building is an example of a historic structure as an anchor building exhibiting the growth and development of an industrial boom town, Wyandotte, which was the birthplace of the Bessemer Steel process in America. The structure, built by the internationally recognized fraternal service organization, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, exemplifies the efforts of a local chapter to recognize and promote a cultural awareness beyond the grind of the industrial revolution. 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.
Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA)
The Arts Center is home to the Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA).
Founded in 1978, the DCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) regional arts and
cultural organization that proudly serves nearly 400,000 residents
in 21 Downriver communities. 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. We do this by providing adult and
youth classes, lectures, workshops, summer youth art camps, gallery
exhibits, theater productions, literary events, music concerts and
classes, an artist gift gallery, facility rentals and volunteer
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 The Arts Center and by operating in the
various cities we serve.