Rebuild Retreat

Over a few days during the first week of August, Rebuild practitioners-in-residence from both St. Louis and Chicago traveled to Wisconsin for a few days of conversation, swimming, eating, more conversation, and visioning around what Rebuild has done over the past few months, and what we are poised to do moving forward. Once we got through the timeline of what we’ve done so far, we were amazed to realize that we are still less than a year old! After a full school year and summer version of our Urban Expressions youth art, architecture, and design program, a three week design/build program with Washington University, design/build mentorships, landscaping day camps, cultural masterplanning, and many, many meals later, we have learned a lot!
Here are a few images from our brainstorming and recreational sessions:

Rebuild crew pigs out at a Monday night fried food special at Crawfish Junction in Milford, WI
Rebuild crew pigs out at a Monday night fried food special at Crawfish Junction in Milford, WI
Rebuild crew sets up shop near the boat house to establish our timeline of events, and be in close proximity to the lake!
Rebuild crew sets up shop near the boat house to establish our timeline of events, and be in close proximity to the lake!
Andy takes his turn listing what Rebuild Foundation does best as an organization
Andy takes his turn listing what Rebuild Foundation does best as an organization
Rebuild crew contemplating our strengths and weaknesses
Rebuild crew contemplating our strengths and weaknesses

The retreat was also a farewell of sorts, as we attempted to capture the experiences of Andy Bryan, Lizzie MacWillie, and Ann Chen, some of our talented summer practitioners-in-residence, before they headed back to school or on to other opportunities. We were also joined by close friend-of-Rebuild, Keihly Moore.

We left the short but fruitful retreat with lots of notes and our heads spinning with tons of ideas about how to move forward. We are an ambitious group, but we need to stay focused on what we do well and what we have the capacity to do. Stay tuned in the coming weeks and months for revised statements of mission and purpose, as well as updates on our programming for the coming year. It’s going to be a fun one!

Ann watches the sunset over Rock Lake as we close our sessions
Ann watches the sunset over Rock Lake as we close our sessions

 

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