Rebuild's Mission


To rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighborhoods and incite movements of community revitalization that are culture based, artist led, neighborhood driven.

How Rebuild Achieves Its Mission

  1. Reactivating underutilized properties and collections of cultural artifacts
  2. Supporting and promoting local networks of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and scholars
  3. Inspiring, encouraging, and empowering neighborhood residents to lead the positive transformation of their communities

Rebuild's Theory of Neighborhood Transformation

Rebuild believes that art and artists can be powerful agents for neighborhood transformation. Taking this foundational belief further:

  1. If we invest in and mobilize networks of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and scholars in neighborhoods where Rebuild operates
  2. If we reactivate underutilized and abandoned buildings in underinvested communities and strive to preserve and reactivate collections of neglected cultural artifacts, and we do so with beautiful art, intentional design, and public cultural programs
  3. Then we believe those creative activities will incite movements of community revitalization that neighborhood driven and self sustaining and that will lead to a better quality of life

Core Values

  1. Respect
  2. Neighborliness
  3. Innovation and Risk
  4. Inclusiveness
  5. Intentional Aesthetics
  6. Flexibility


  1. Residents of Greater Grand Crossing
  2. Artists, creative entrepreneurs, curators, and scholars committed to working and/or living in Greater Grand Crossing
  3. Partner organizations in Chicago, across the United States, and abroad