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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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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

  • Sundays at the Arts Bank
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Nov 28
    Stony Island Arts Bank
    Nov 28, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST
    Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60649, USA
    Experience our latest exhibition Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 every Sunday.
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  • Public Tour of the Arts Bank
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Nov 28
    Stony Island Arts Bank
    Nov 28, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
    Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60649, USA
    Join us every Sunday at 12:15 pm to witness the architectural brilliance of the historic Stony Island Arts Bank and learn more about our history and collections from the Rebuild Foundation team.
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  • African Dance Class
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Nov 28
    Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
    Nov 28, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, 1456 E 70th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    Live drummers keep the beat at this free dance workshop for all ages. Come explore Black history with your body's movement and rhythm under the guidance of instructor Brenda Malika Moore.
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  • DJ Sean Doe
    DJ Sean Doe
    Thu, Dec 02
    Currency Exchange Cafe
    Dec 02, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Currency Exchange Cafe, 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    DJ Sean Doe brings the heat every first Thursday of the month at Retreat. Enjoy craft cocktails by Pour Souls and delectable bites from Chef Corderro while dancing to the rhythms of Sean Doe's selection of tunes. Join us every Thursday at Retreat for music, drinks and cuisine from local artists.
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  • Washington Tree Park Lighting
    Washington Tree Park Lighting
    Sat, Dec 04
    Currency Exchange Cafe
    Dec 04, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Currency Exchange Cafe, 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    Kick off the holiday season with us as the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Christmas tree lighting. Escape the cold by stopping in at Retreat and warming up with delectable bites and beverages from our culinary artists in residence.
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  • DJ Shon Dervis
    DJ Shon Dervis
    Thu, Dec 09
    Currency Exchange Cafe
    Dec 09, 5:30 PM – 7:35 PM
    Currency Exchange Cafe, 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    Join us at Retreat for a special set from DJ Shon Dervis. Enjoy craft cocktails and delectable bites by our in-house residents while dancing to the rhythms of Sean Doe's selection of tunes. Join us every Thursday at Retreat for music, drinks and cuisine from local artists.
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  • Mirrors & Misconceptions: Poetry Reading + Activation
    Dec 17, 6:00 PM
    Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60649, USA
    Poets, commissioned by Smart Museum of Art and Court Theatre, will activate the Stony Island Arts Bank exhibition with public readings of original or archival poems and prose inspired by the themes of Black Lives, misconceptions, mirrors, and the moon in front of Wilson’s sculpture.
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  • Mirrors & Misconceptions: Gallery Talk + Collage Activity
    Dec 18, 2:00 PM
    Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60649, USA
    Participants will view the Toward Common Cause exhibition, in collaboration with Smart Museum, at Stony Island Arts Bank. The exhibition includes several works focusing on Black identity as well as Wilson’s sculpture, Act V. Scene II Exeunt Omnes.
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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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