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:
        Do-Dah Parade
Mixers on the Mall
Kalamazoo Holiday Parade


Meg Gernaat 269.344.0795



Jennie Bach Cook
Discover Kalamazoo
Paul Ecklund
Disability Network SW MI
Grant Fletcher
Bronson Methodist Hospital
Pat Halpin
Downtown Resident
Brian Hill
Gonzo's Bigg Dogg Brewing Co. 
Elspeth Inglis, Vice-Chair
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Sean Fletcher
City of Kalamazoo
Betty Peristeridis, Chair
Argo's East
Adrienne Wissner
Memories Bridal & Evening Wear