DRØME is an artist collective based in Providence, RI, run by three engaged and passionate women, focused on exposing emergent talent. These three women are: Rebecca Blandón, Ellen Taylor, and Caroline Gorman. Rebecca and Caroline went to high school together in New York, conceiving of the idea for DRØME this past winter at Brown. They met Ellen individually through a film course and a music-writing course before connecting the dots and bringing her onboard.
We were inspired to create a women-curated artist collective that promotes a diverse set of media and artists, each one precisely selected by a group of women from different racial, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.We wish to create an online platform to showcase and sell DRØME artists’ works spanning sculpture, painting, textiles, audio, writing and more. We hope to brand these works as consciously curated by women today.
We do not however wish to limit our image to exclusively feminist or women-made art. We hold these issues very close to our hearts and have used this concept as a jumping off point for the creation of DRØME, though we are excited to welcome all forms of socially meaningful art into the collective.
Before we engage specific artists however, we need to establish some base funding so that their participation in DRØME can be meaningful and fruitful from day one.
In the beginning stages, DRØME will function as an online boutique and artist exposure. Every month, a group of artists will be assigned one item to design with a limited number being sold through the site. Initially these would be smaller items, like decorated canvas shoes, though eventually becoming more significant projects. The DRØME site would also act as a platform for each artist to display his or her work created independently from DRØME. This will be a unified space for artists to extend their reach beyond what they could achieve individually.
By sharing art and vision, DRØME will continue to inspire and facilitate collaboration between artists that otherwise would remain unknown to one another. Starting with a modest number, approximately 10, we will expand our artist network over time. We want to keep the collective contained while also allowing for expansion and interaction within and across artistic communities.
Our first year is all about bringing together a community. We are incredibly lucky to be surrounded already by a group of talented, enthusiastic, young people and our goal is to leverage this pre-existing community to support and nurture DRØME’s growth while bringing in all of you guys to help get us off the ground. While we of course would love it if a few big donors swooped in and meet our fundraising goal, we know that in order for DRØME to thrive, it needs to have a larger circle of enthusiastic supporters and smaller contributors. All levels of support are appreciated—your engagement is what we most care about.
We want to be the organizing infrastructure for emergent artists. A united front is much more powerful than a dispersed one. We believe that by uniting artists under DRØME, while still allowing them creative control and ownership of their intellectual property, we can generate more visibility and growth for the individuals.
All three of the founders care deeply about supporting the smaller artistic communities we are already a part of and we have personally witnessed and experienced how relationships form naturally between artists. These collaborations result in brilliant new outputs.
Down the road we see DRØME as a self-sustaining non-profit that supports the artistic community through financial and administrative support of artists across media and within several creative hubs of the U.S. DRØME is founded on a belief in the power of symbiotic relationships between and among artist and patrons.
It is remarkable the joy, satisfaction, and gratitude that come from sharing beautiful things with other people, whether this be a story, a song, a photograph or a sculpture. We want to build spaces where this happens naturally and enthusiastically.
We are currently launching DRØME with little more than excitement and general smarts. We do not have artists signed on nor do we have dates for events planned. However, we have a logo and some serious motivation and momentum. It would be foolish not to have misgivings at this point in the process, but we’ve chosen to move forward and take the first step rather than timidly waiting until some combination of stars align and we receive a sign from the universe telling us what to do next. We believe—in all our Millennial self-confidence—that we can deftly adjust DRØME and our expectations of it as the year develops.
If you’ve read this far and are into what we’re into—art, community, people helping other people—but are unable to donate your $$, consider instead donating your opinions/questions/suggestions/words of encouragement at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as a “like” on our Facebook page. And if you know of anyone else in your life that might be even the slightest bit interested in DRØME, please do pass along the link to this campaign.
We’ll be sending out updates as the project develops but don’t hesitate to contact us in the meantime. We are so unbelievably excited to start making this idea a reality and your support is what’s going to get us there. Let’s make it happen.
All of our most sincere appreciation and thanks,
The Women of DRØME
Rebecca + Ellen + Caroline