On the afternoon of June 15th, Dreamland was issued a “Cease and Desist” from the City of Buffalo. This effectively halts all programming, events, performances and film screenings at the site and puts Dreamland itself in danger of losing the gallery and the artist studios above it.
For three years, Dreamland has remained alive through the diligence of the space’s unpaid volunteers, the rent from the second floor artist studios and donations from hosting various events (over 550 events that have included solo and group art shows, musical performances, film screenings, LGBTQAI+ workshops, Adult sex-education workshops and more). Despite our longevity and extensive programming, Dreamland has never received corporate sponsorship or government grants! With events shut down and our event donations stifled—we are in severe danger of losing the space because of an inability to pay rent and utilities.
As a community space, Dreamland is asking for help! There are two options. A one-time donation through our website (give any amount you feel comfortable with).
Or you can donate to us for a monthly membership through Patreon! The membership is tiered and full of awesome goodies that include; a quarterly zine, buttons, hand-printed patches, and a membership card that gives monthly subscribers free access to an event at Dreamland every month. (Our goal is to have enough members to eliminate Hosting fees for performers, artists and workshops in the gallery!)
Anything and everything helps. You all have helped. And we at Dreamland are eternally grateful. We will not only survive, but we will be a-okay!
The Dreamland Collective