2019 Recap: Soul Power Cypher Vol. 3

On September 7, 2019, Rebuild Foundation hosted Soul Power Cypher Vol. 3 in collaboration with BraveSoul Movement at the Stony Island Arts Bank. This all ages street dance jam was the culmination of a summer of youth programming hosted by BraveSoul Movement at Dorchester Art & Housing Collaborative. We are so grateful to BRAVEMONK and Kelsa Robinson, the Founders of BraveSoul, and to all of the artists, performers, and participants who make this program so special. Read on for Brave’s recap.

Introducing: Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors Program

The Rebuild Foundation is piloting its first ever Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors Program, a program designed to cultivate a cohort of six disciplined, ambitious high school poets for a six-month ambassadorship from January-June 2018. Using the Stony Island Arts Bank as their home base, the Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors will write and critique extensively within… Learn More

Basic Sewing & Design Workshop #1 at Dorchester Projects

This is a guest post by Savannah Wood June 1 marked the first day of Rebuild Foundation’s Sewing/Textile Arts Program. This class teaches middle- and high-school aged students basic sewing and design skills, focusing on embellishment and reworking existing garments, while fostering conversations about personal style. In our first session at Dorchester Projects, we created… Learn More

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

Japanese Potters Visit the Smart Museum Ceramic Collection

We’d like to share a post written by Alice Kain, Study Room Supervisor at the Smart Museum of Art, in participation of the upcoming exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art. Japanese Potters Visit the Smart Museum Ceramic Collection Theaster Gates is currently collaborating with three Japanese potters as part of his Soul Food Pavilion project for Feast…. Learn More

Chicago Film Archives Summer Residency

We know that this is late in the year to finally post about this, but if not now then when? This past summer the Chicago Film Archives curated the screening of a series of silent movie outdoor films, which took place in the backyards of several of the Dorchester spaces. There was expressed interest by neighbors… Learn More

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… Learn More

St Louis Summer Recap: What comes next?

Things have quieted down again here on Mallinckrodt Street.  On any given day in July, if you happened to be driving down Mallinckrodt Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Saint Louis and passed by a red brickfaced building just off the corner of Mallinckrodt and N 14th Street, you would have witnessed a group… Learn More