The Garage at DREAMS is a state-of-the-art event space on the North Side of Wilmington, available now for concerts, theater performances, film projects, parties, weddings, and more! Rental rates vary by the day of the week, the length of event, set up, and tech needs, but always reflect a commitment to make this incredible space available to the community at a reasonable price.

If you’re interested in renting the Garage, please check our calendar below for availability, print and complete the rental forms (listed below), and send them to Once the forms are received, a DREAMS staff member will contact you to finalize the rental agreement!

If you have any questions you can call DREAMS directly at 910-772-1501

Few words about us

The Garage @ DREAMS is more than a planned Multipurpose Community Arts Center— it’s a total game changer for one of Wilmington’s most underserved, rapidly changing neighborhoods.

Built during the WPA era as a bus maintenance garage for the New Hanover County School system, DREAMS of Wilmington is currently transforming the vacant 5,000 square foot historic space into a vibrant new Performing Arts and Community Gathering Center.

The Garage @ Dreams will:

~ Showcase exhibits and performances by both students and professionals

~ Host community events, as well as youth and family arts activities

~ House an in-house Performing Arts Series and rotating Visual Arts Gallery

~ Serve as a versatile, fully-equipped venue for dance and theatre productions

~ Offer affordable rental pricing to local business and community partners looking to host public and private events

The Garage @ DREAMS

Garage @ DREAMS Outdoor

Why we need your support

While the DREAMS Center at 901 Fanning Street currently boasts an array of professional art studios, a top-notch dance studio, a state-of-the-art digital arts classroom and a colorful, comfortable student lounge… our work is not yet complete.  The Garage @ DREAMS will not only enable us to host a fabulous array of student and community events in our own backyard, the Garage will function as both an arts incubator and economic driver throughout the entire community and beyond.

5000 square foot historic space
Saving Lives for 19 Years
Over 600 impoverished youth
100% of our students graduated

How can you help?

The Garage @ DREAMS Support Levels and What it Buys

One foldable banquet chair



One overhead or front LED stage light



One block of modular staging



Full Stage Curtains and Rigging



Lighting Board



Complete venue Sound System



Complete venue Tables, Chairs and



Complete venue theatrical lighting and lighting grid



Complete venue Staging and a Full Year-long Performing Arts Series



your tax-deductible gift will make all the difference in transforming a neighborhood

strengthening the community and building creative committed citizens

one child at a time

Become a DREAMer by supporting us


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Contact information

901 Fanning St, Wilmington, NC 28401

DREAMS of Wilmington

Phone numbers:

(910) 772-1501

Social links:

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Current Supporters of the Garage @ DREAMS

Thank you..

City of Wilmington: $150,000

Individual Contributions: $143,900

Murchison Foundation: $35,000

Cobbe Foundation: $30,000

PPD: $25,000

Denise Smith: $25,000

WPP Foundation: $20,000

Longleaf Foundation: $15,000

True North Foundation: $10,000

South State Bank: $1,000