After nearly 10 years on Division Avenue, volunteer run music venue and art gallery The Division Avenue Arts Collective (The DAAC) is being forced to close its doors on Aug. 1 due to a change in building ownership.
As a venue welcoming uber-indie acts, The DAAC offered up its stage to now-successful Michigan bands such as Breathe Owl Breathe and La Dispute, while bringing to Grand Rapids bands from all over the nation that otherwise would have remained unseen in our city.
The South Division staple also hosted countless movie screenings, workshops and art shows, always all-ages, always all welcoming. The grassroots organization took leading steps to foster the DIT mentality that is a cornerstone of the Heartside Neighborhood and contributed $3,300 to the community in the form of Sunday Soup grants, all while sustaining itself through the service of volunteers.
Although the venue is canceling all of its programming scheduled after July 29, The DAAC insists that this is not the end. The group encourages anyone and everyone who is interested in getting involved to attend a town hall meeting (date pending) to discuss the best options for the future.