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Welcome to Rebuild Foundation, our artist-led, community-based platform for art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation.

Artists at Work: 
Transformation in Progress

Founded by artist and social innovator Theaster Gates, Rebuild supports artists and strengthens communities by providing free arts programming and creating new cultural amenities on the South Side of Chicago. Our mission is to demonstrate the impact of innovative, ambitious and entrepreneurial cultural initiatives and is enriched by three core values: Black people matter, Black spaces matter, and Black objects matter.

Thank you for your patience as we renovate our site and lay the foundations for enhanced digital engagement.

In the meantime, explore our work on social media and keep up with our events by subscribing to our newsletter.

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Support Our Work

We are grateful for the opportunity to uplift our creative communities and to develop ambitious cultural initiatives on the South Side of Chicago.


Our work depends on the generosity of our partners and our patrons. 

Thank you in advance for your continued belief in Black space, in community and in artists.

Upcoming Events

  • Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few
    Thu, Jan 27
    Retreat at Currency Exchange Cafe
    Jan 27, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Retreat at Currency Exchange Cafe, 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    Swing into the weekend with a special performance by Chicago's very own Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few at Retreat. Enjoy bites from our culinary artists in residence as we revel in the smooth sounds of this jazz ensemble.
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News & Updates

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Rebuild Foundation Announces Two New Culinary Residencies at Retreat

Kenwood Gardens and artists’ incubator strive to erase stigma of vacancy on South Side

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Theaster Gates Partners with Prada Group to Launch Incubator for Emerging Designers of Color

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