Patron in the City: Bux Dhyne
At Patronicity, we believe that passionate individuals can spur change in their communities. We were eager to speak with Bux to learn more about their passion for their community and how they serve as a Patron in the City.
Last summer, Bux Dhyne launched a crowdfunding campaign on Patronicity for Joule’s Molly House, an alcohol-free entertainment venue and club for the LGBTQIA+ community, youth, and allies in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Joule’s Molly House is Bux’s vision for a new type of nightlife in the city focused on acceptance, versatility, and support, offering the next generation of LGBTQIA+ a space to meet and socialize.
At Patronicity, we believe that passionate individuals can spur change in their communities. We refer to these individuals as Patrons in the City, dedicating their time, sweat, and tears to building vibrant communities. We were eager to speak with Bux to learn more about their passion for their community and how they serve as a Patron in the City.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Bux: I am a member of the Heartside community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Heartside is on the south side of Grand Rapids and is the heart of arts and community outreach for our area. I am a working artist, performer, and local advocate for equality and LGBTQIA+ rights. I have a Master’s in Fine Arts, which I use to create art that questions social norms regarding gender, consumption, and other moral responsibilities and questions.
Q: Why do you love where you live?
Bux: It’s all about the diversity. The community I live in is the center of homeless resource outreach in Grand Rapids. Being close to the community in need gives me opportunities to help, and reminds me that there is an entire community of individuals that are forgotten. I am grateful to not live in a privileged bubble, but to also have fairly secure housing.
Q: How has the community responded to the launch of your project so far and your efforts to build a vibrant community? What do you hope community members take away from the space you are building?
Bux: The response to the launch of Joule’s Molly House has been incredible. I am constantly hearing stories of sober individuals looking for some place to experience the nightlife, or find community. Joule’s is a unique combination of community, entertainment, LGBTQIA+ fellowship, and sober space. It’s a place to experience recovery without religion, it’s a place to gather as underage young adults, it’s a place to see a really good live show. I hope community members are able to find a sense of safety and unity here.
Q: If someone wanted to become more involved in their community, what advice would you give them?
Bux: Look and listen outside of yourself. This project is primarily about filling a niche that I saw in our community when I took a step back and really thought about everyone in my life. I personally am not sober (though I might as well be — LOL), but I identified that there was a large portion of the society that could benefit from a sober space with great nightlife options. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and maybe get your hands a little dirty.
Bux inspires us to find and build community. We especially feel inspired by Bux’s journey to create a safe and welcoming space by first looking and listening to the community. We hope you, too, feel inspired to ask questions and get your hands dirty to build a vibrant community where you live.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
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