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Arts collective Dreamland ordered to cease all operations

Dreamland, a DIY arts collective in Allentown, was handed a notice from the city's Department of Permit and Inspections Services to cease all operations on Thursday.

Dana McKnight, Dreamland's director, said they have their 501(c)3 nonprofit status and a business permit that allows them to operate as an art gallery. The notice from a city permit inspector read: "No city licenses for music, dance and or public assembly."

McKnight theorized that there may have been a recent complaint made to the city from a nearby arts festival.

"They tried to shut us down last year ... and this time they went for the jugular," she said.

Dreamland will be rallying to reopen as soon as possible and ensure they have the proper city permits.

"The city is treating us like Town Ballroom without really knowing what we are," McKnight said.

Dreamland offers "private art studios with a 'private' showroom" and many of its events are pay-what-you-wish. The space has been open for three years. Donations to help Dreamland get back up and running will be accepted through their website.

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