Carver Bank Opening Celebration

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Theaster Gates and Rebuild Foundation celebrated the opening of Carver Bank on March 29, 2013, with an overflowing and diverse crowd. The fully renovated space will serve as a hub for artists and creative life in North Omaha, Nebraska. The celebration featured performances by artists-in-residence Portia Love, Shannon Marie… Learn More

Carver Bank: Exterior Transformation

In mid-October more than 60 volunteers from Omaha North High Magnet School’s Engineering Technologies program joined the FACT design
lab and the Bemis Center to break ground on the exterior

Expo Chicago at Dorchester

On Sunday, September 23, we welcomed visitors from Expo Chicago to work with us and some of our neighbors on a handful of projects at our spaces on Dorchester Avenue…

Carver Bank Progress and Collaboration with UNL

As Autumn rapidly approaches, so does the impending opening of the Carver Bank art center in Omaha’s Near North Side. In the meantime though, we still have a lot of the build-out and finishes to work on!…

Updates from Carver Bank

We’re about one month into the renovation of our Omaha project at Carver Bank, and already a beautiful shell has been unearthed…

May Volunteer Day & BBQ in Hyde Park

On Saturday, May 19, we had the first of our May volunteer work days at 1415 Mallinckrodt in an attempt to get the building ready for our first summer of programming in the space. It was a hot day, but we managed to get a lot of valuable work done thanks to our dedicated helpers,… Learn More

1415 Mallinckrodt Welcomes First Resident!

While the renovation of our building at 1415 Mallinckrodt is not fully complete, we are happy to welcome artist-designer-builder Tim Balon for the month of May as our first resident in the space! Tim is a multi-talented designer based in San Francisco, but has roots in both Saint Louis and Chicago, where Theaster and myself… Learn More

Black Cinema House Nearing Completion

Windows are all replaced, floors are level, and our beautiful historic metal bay has been restored. At this rate, we are are planning to have things at 6901 S. Dorchester up and running in by this summer. Work by our general contractor, Structures LLC, is quickly giving way to our custom finishes of salvaged materials… Learn More

3619 Blair Nears Completion

As 2012 gets underway, we’re keeping plenty busy putting the finishing touches on our building renovation at 3619 Blair in Saint Louis. This location will serve as out main headquarter space and residence, as well as being a space for communal meals, small exhibitions and performances. We’ve moved out of our former space at 2010… Learn More

Dante Harper Project: Artist Housing on the South Side

Located 3 blocks from the Dorchester Projects, Dante Harper Townhomes once was a CHA development that consisted of 5 low rise buildings that offered 36 townhome style units. The buildings have stood boarded and vacant for several years and has become a symbol of abandonment and deterioration in the economically struggling yet culturally vibrant Greater… Learn More

Black Cinema House : Recipient of Art Place Grant for creative place making

We recently received a Creative Placemaking grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to activate a formerly abandoned building with cultural programming, public gatherings, and residency exchange. This house is located on the same block as other Dorchester spaces and will become a screening center for films reflecting cultural themes in the Black Diaspora,… Learn More

St. Louis Late Summer Updates

While activity has slowed down on the programming side of things here at Rebuild in St. Louis, progress on construction at 1415 Mallinckrodt and 3619 Blair is moving steadily along. We now have gutters and downspouts on 1415 that will not only help protect the building, but will make harvesting rainwater much easier once we… Learn More

CityStudioSTL- Somethingness: Ways of Seeing and Building

CityStudioSTL is the culmination of a group of people with different backgrounds, interests, and histories who want to re-develop a sense of community in an under-resourced and overlooked St. Louis neighborhood.   The CityStudioSTL summer course, sponsored and administered by Washington University and the Pulitzer Foundation, challenged graduate students to imagine how community based initiatives… Learn More

Design Build and Design Workshop

The Chicago South Shore’s finest young apprentices, Nick and Daniel, got a crash course in design drawing in a day-long workshop. After spending time outside measuring and looking at the existing containers in the garden, we analyzed the different connections that could be made for a wooden box planter. We weighed aesthetics and functionality in mitered corners,… Learn More

Summer on Dorchester Ave.

In Chicago, 5 summer design residents have been working hard on making the outdoor spaces at the South Dorchester Ave site engaging. Andy has been building fences and cleaning up empty lots with some of our teenage apprentices from the block. Kate and I have been working on designing, building, and planting some of the… Learn More

Construction at 3619

Fred and his team dismantling the back wall of 3619 over the weekend.  

on craftsmanship: revealing and recognizing power

The local electricity provider will position the temporary power output on our property and guide the voltage with subterranean or elevated lines. A long strand of coated cable will run through dirt or air, slicing something physical or imaginary (sometimes both), and entering the building serpentine. When this happens, when the line breaches the worn… Learn More