New Home as of 2020 at 1553 Plainfield Ave NE in the Creston Neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan!
The Division Avenue Arts Collective, or DAAC, is an all-ages music venue, art gallery and DIY project incubator started in 2003 by a rotating group of creatives in Grand Rapids, MI. Fueled by volunteers, The DAAC strives to provide a safe & neutral space for artistic expression, available to everyone regardless of age or other circumstance. We believe that everyone has something to contribute, and we strive to create a community based on participatory culture through a DIT (do-it-together) approach. Additionally, we are deeply committed to remaining non-commercial, independent, and institutionally transparent.
Since 2014, we have been fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas so we might fundraise and apply for grant opportunties. We are a not-for-profit collective of artists, musicians, makers and creatives guided by a core committe of dedicated volunteers. Visit our volunteer page to join a commitee or see our current volunteer opportunities.
CORE COMMITTEE MEMBERS in 2021
Kyle Brand (Art Programming, Visuals)
Alison Christensen (Art Programming, Fundraising)
Charity Klein-Lytle (General Ops, Marketing)
Sam Kubiak (Music Programming)
Sal Moreno (Facilities, Volunteers)
Huong Nguyen (Youth Programming, Admin)
SAFE SPACE POLICY:
We are a substance-free venue: no smoking/vaping of anything inside the building - only in designated areas outside. No comsumption of alcohol or other intoxicating substances are allowed in the building or on the grounds. Anyone will be asked to leave if they are partaking in any of these items during events.
Any oppressive behavior at the DAAC will not be tolerated. Oppressive behavior is defined by us as any conduct that demeans, marginalizes, rejects, threatens or harms anyone on the basis of ability, age, cultural background, education, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, language, nationality, physical appearance, race, religion, self-expression, sexual orientation, status as a parent or other such factors. If you see or hear anything, please talk to a volunteer or board member.
Taking a cue from the former DIY cultural center MESS HALL (Chicago, IL), we have developed a ten point outline of what we as a collective believe in.
- We insist on neutral platforms for individual and cultural expression
- We value spaces run by the people who use them
- We encourage collaboration over competition
- We support the transition from a "do-it-yourself" (DIY) attitude to a "do-it-together" (DIT) community
- We strive to be inclusive and to interact with other groups and communities
- We believe everyone has something to contribute
- We believe that age should not limit participation in cultural production
- We are committed to remaining non-commercial, independent and institutionally transparent
- We strive to create a safe and accessible place that emphasizes mutual respect for all
- We believe that constructive criticism is a foundation of healthy communities