The Detroit Grassroots Cultural Arts Center

The Detroit Grassroots Cultural Arts Center serves as a multicultural, visual, performing and literary art center with programming that promotes social change.  The center will include the Detroit Liberation Library, the People’s Community Theater, and Detroit Film Editing Studios.

Mission:  During a time when art programs are being eliminated from our schools, festivals, cultural arts venues, community centers, and city parks are closing DGCAC would bring much needed progressive grassroots based arts that represent the voices of the community.  The library and the theater will be a beacon of hope, empowerment, and education in Detroit. The DGCAC will provide access to books that educate and encourage grassroots activism while creating an accessible space that supports progressive arts for Detroit residents.


Creating a New World

Posted: October 14, 2010 in Uncategorized

Detroit Grassroots Cultural Arts Center
East Michigan Environmental Action Council

The Old Belle Isle Zoo

Oya Amakisi,, 313.429.0796
Diana Copeland,, 313-399-4965

Our vision is to convert the Old Detroit Belle Isle Zoo into the Detroit Grassroots Hub.  We will continue the partnerships that began during the United States Social Forum (USSF).  The Detroit Grassroots Hub is a convergence of several organizations.  The Detroit Grassroots Cultural Arts Center (DGCAC) (library, theater, studio) and East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) (environmental justice and aquaponic gardens) has had planning conversations with; the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (community gardens); and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) (restaurant) to create the Grassroots Hub at the old Belle Isle zoo.  The USSF was a powerful moment in history for the city of Detroit.  Our organizations played a key role in organizing the United States Social Forum.  The hub will be used as a combination non-profit and green entrepreneurial community space.  Post United State Social Forum, Detroit residents are inspired to get involved in revitalizing and uplifting our community. The creation and implementation of this Grassroots Hub would be one tremendous outlet for this inspiration, community energy and a wonderful legacy for the social forum to leave for the city of Detroit.