The Aquadome closes its doors

After last night’s jazz night at the Aquadome, attendees walked out the doors of the Main Street venue for the last time.

The student-led arts and music organization announced earlier this month it would close the space it has operated at 120 S. Main St. since 2015. The 15-year-old organization will continue to put on art shows and concerts, but other venues will host these events. The organization attributes the closing to an increase in rent at the current location.

Aquadome secretary senior Sarah Connolly said the organization might host future concerts and art nights at people’s houses and public parks. She said this is not the first time in the Aquadome’s history these events will have a change of scenery.

“It’s been a while, but the Aquadome has been through a lot of iterations,” Connolly said. “There have been times in the past where there’s been no physical location of the Aquadome.”

Connolly said the Aquadome has to rent out its space to meet its rent and utility obligation of about $650 per month, which was set to go up by another $125. She said the financial obligations of the organization were distracting from the primary mission of the Aquadome. She said letting go of that financial stress will give the Aquadome more opportunities.

Even though the organization is without a physical location for now, Connolly said they are actively looking for a new space and saving money for a deposit and rent.

“We’ll always be supporting all our local musicians and artist,” Connolly said. “That’s very important, really, essential to what the Aquadome is.”

For more, pick up a copy of The Index on Thursday, Sept. 27.