The Downtown Kalamazoo Association Charities Board (DKAC) exist to develop, and maintain community defining events, activities, and spaces that are fun, safe, and welcoming to all. To cultivate a diverse mix of year-round, quality programming. To enrich the downtown experience by linking to arts, and culture. To create opportunities for youth, and connections to neighborhoods and universities.

Current Initiatives

  • Continuing policy revisions to enhance the Arcadia Creek Festival Place
  • Youth Events
  • Place-Making Activities
  • Improving Accessibility and Fire & Life Safety Techniques

Annual Initiatives

·         Events:
Super Saturday Weekend
        Do-Dah Parade
        Art on the Mall
Mixers on the Mall

                Safe Halloween
                Kalamazoo Holiday Parade


Brian Persky, 269.344.0795



Jennie Bach Cook
Discover Kalamazoo
Fenner Brown
WMU/KVCC Student
Paul Ecklund
Disability Network SW MI
Grant Fletcher
Bronson Methodist Hospital
Pat Halpin
Downtown Resident
Brian Hill
Millennium Restaurant Group
Elspeth Inglis, Vice-Chair
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Sean Fletcher
City of Kalamazoo
Laurel Parrott, Secretary/Treasurer
Kalamazoo House Bed & Breakfast
Betty Peristeridis, Chair
Argo's East
Adrienne Wissner
Memories Bridal & Evening Wear