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Division Avenue Arts Collective vacates space downtown

July 24, 2013
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Division Avenue Arts Collective vacates space downtown
The Division Avenue Arts Collective supports local artists and musicians. Photo via fb.com

The popular music and art venue Division Avenue Arts Collective, better known as the DAAC, said Wednesday that it will be closing its doors, at least temporarily, following the sale of its long-standing home downtown.

The organization has operated without outside funding and has been run exclusively by volunteers out of the space at 115 Division Ave. S.


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DIY and DIT

Just shy of its 10-year anniversary, DAAC has provided a venue for countless artists to share their musical and artistic talents. 

It has also served as a do-it-yourself project incubator and has awarded more than $3,300 to local creative projects in the form of Sunday Soup micro-grants.

“So, what does this mean for the future?” reads a statement on DAAC’s website. “We can assure you that this is NOT the end of the DAAC, nor is it by any means the end of our involvement in the all-ages D.I.T. (do-it-together) community we have all worked so hard to cultivate here in Grand Rapids.”

Town hall meeting

The organization will plan a town hall-style meeting soon to discuss its future and how to proceed.

The doors will officially close on Aug. 1 and all programming that was scheduled after July 29 has been cancelled.

“We want to thank every band that has ever played at the space, every artist who has displayed work on our walls, every past board member and volunteer and everyone who has ever come to a performance or exhibition at the DAAC,” the statement reads. “We very literally could not have done this all without you for the past ten years — and we can't continue without you either.”

South Division redevelopment

The South Division corridor has become the focus of revitalization efforts, which has led to several conversations about possible negative consequences for existing tenants and residents in the area.

The DAAC news will likely increase those conversations and serve as an example of change.

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