Reading The Black Library Round II Resource Page

Congratulations to our applicants who have made it to the second round. As this fellowship is about creating ekphrastic work based on the collections within the Stony Island Arts Bank, we thought we would show you the materials you have the opportunity to dig into. Please watch the short videos below to see some of… Learn More

Community Offerings

These are unprecedented times, and our community of neighbors, friends, artists, and creatives are all impacted. The temporary closure of Rebuild Foundation’s sites is devastating for us, as we know they are spaces of creative expression, spiritual refuge, joy, and solace for so many. It is with this in mind that we dedicate this virtual… Learn More

Announcing Rebuild’s 2020 Youth Literary Fellowship

Applications due Sunday, May 10th at 6:00PM CST The Reading the Black Library Youth Fellowship is a youth-centered writing residency activating the historic Johnson Publishing and Ed J Williams artifacts in the Stony Island Arts Bank’s collections. Four Chicago poets between the ages of 16-24 years will be selected for a summer fellowship. Under the mentorship and guidance… Learn More

Announcing Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation

Rebuild Foundation and Stony Island Arts Bank are honored to host, in collaboration with HotHouse and Casa OSPAAAL, Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation. This exhibition and accompanying program examine acts of liberation from imperialism/s and colonialism/s through multiple avenues of creative expression both contemporary and from the revolutionary era of the 1960’s and ’70’s…. Learn More

The Jiā 家 Project: South Side :: Family Portraits by Nancy Wong

Come have a FREE family portrait taken by Chicago photographer Nancy Wong ( This photo project is in collaboration with Gorman House Publishing and the Rebuild Foundation. The Jiā Project celebrates families on the south side by visually documenting their beauty, diversity, and emotional strength. Jiā 家 means “family” or “home” in Mandarin Chinese. The… Learn More

Black Cinema House: A Year in Review

Avery LaFlamme, BCH Program Assistant — As the year comes to a close, I hope everyone can look back and remember some of the best moments of the past months and get ready to take on a new year of new uncertainties, and new opportunities. Black Cinema House was blessed this year to get to… Learn More

Moonlight, Honeytrap and Intimacy

Avery LaFlamme, BCH Program Assistant — ** SPOILER ALERT: This post will discuss narrative details of the film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins and the film Honeytrap directed by Rebecca Johnson. Both films are fantastic and worth seeing, so don’t let this post ruin a chance to discover these films on your own** After our… Learn More

Artist Statement: Ifeoma Nkemdi

Black Narcise: Love and Failing is a reflection of moments encountered. Taking bits and pieces, deconstructing and constructing… Playing with my memory. How do these moments participate with the image I have of myself? How does what others do and say affect my own sense of self and otherness.   It also is a quest… Learn More

Black Cinema House at the Bank

To close the year out strong, and to get ready for another exciting year for BCH, we have been invited to join the other fantastic programming happening at Stony Island Arts Bank. For the foreseeable future, Black Cinema House will be headquartered at Stony Island and 68th Street. As a library and a gallery, the… Learn More

BCH Summer Intern: Chelsea Williams

Hey, name is Chelsea and I’m the Black Cinema House (BCH) intern this summer for the Rebuild Foundation. Before my time at Rebuild, though I had been by the Bank and was familiar with the organization, I, like other people, wasn’t fully acclimated with the Rebuild model yet. But in the first couple weeks of… Learn More

Filmmaking at BCH

We are in the midst of the spring session of the Self + Otherness Filmmaking Workshop, a free course that focuses on the production and theory of moving image based work, exploring how time and space are used as materials to create form and inspire content in film and video. These are introductory/intermediate level classes… Learn More

BCH Blog…And, We’re Back

Welcome back to the Black Cinema House blog, a platform for the diasporic cinematic universe. For those who are new to the BCH family let’s get you caught up. We are one part of Rebuild Foundation, a non-profit organization on Chicago’s South Side that produces free arts programming in the underinvested neighborhood we call home…. Learn More

Méthode Room International Curatorial Residency Launches on the South Side of Chicago

Architect Xavier Wrona builds a temporary television studio to debate theories of architecture with residents of Greater Grand Crossing CHICAGO, IL – Rebuild Foundation, in partnership with independent curator Guillaume Désanges, EXPO Chicago, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the Institut français, are pleased to welcome Xavier Wrona as an architect-in-residence of the… Learn More

Rebuild Foundation Community Cataloguing Workship

Since July 1st, Rebuild Foundation staff and neighborhood volunteers have been meeting every Wednesday and Saturday at Black Cinema House from 10am to noon, to catalogue the Johnson Publishing Company library. During this workshop series, there have been diverse activities for those who have come join and help with the organization of the books. Volunteers… Learn More

Fall is for Apple Picking

     “This is the best day ever!” I overheard one of the kids saying as they ran around the open field of Radke Orchard Apple Farm. It really was a good day, we departed from the block and rode about an hour outside of Chicago to Michigan City, Indiana there we were greeted by… Learn More

Carver Bank Resident 2014 with Devel Crisp

Carver Bank staff are especially grateful for the current artists-in-residence for their dedication to the activation of the space and commitment to influencing other local artists to connect on a deeper level with the North Omaha community. This week’s highlight gives thanks to Devel Crisp, spoken word artist and activist. What do you enjoy the… Learn More

Community Spotlight Chicago with Mar’son

Here in Chicago on what has been affectionately named “The Block” is where the Dorchester Houses reside; The Archive House, Listening House and up until recently Black Cinema House. We are lucky enough to also be surrounded by a few amazing kids that keep us company at any given time. Program Manager Penny Duff took… Learn More

Earn a Bike workshop at the Pink House

This summer, the Pink House in Pagedale, MO, partnered with Trailnet and Beyond Housing to take part in an Earn-2-Bikes education initiative.  Over the course of four Saturday workshops, participants age 13+ learned bicycle components, maintenance and safety in exchange for bicycles, locks, helmets and tune-ups, courtesy of Ferguson Bicycle Shop. “I see you out… Learn More

Reflections on our Old Places, New Tricks Placemaking Activation

A couple of the younger neighbors admiring the garden vision board.              Do the neighbors feel they have ownership of the Dorchester Community Garden? Do the neighbors believe they belong in the space? How can this placemaking project support a hope that the answer to those questions is yes? Placemaking… Learn More

Community Gardens

Warm weather and space can be perfect for a multitude of things but in specific, community gardens which seem to be popular and sprouting up everywhere. Gardens allow people the chance to be responsible for a small thing and with care grows into something amazing. Chicago has started a community garden in the lot on… Learn More

Carver Bank | Fall 2013 Update

Resident artist Dereck Higgins reveals new art forms in atmospheric music Carver Bank Artist-in-Resident Dereck Higgins recently hosted Sound Currency featuring local & international musicians James Borchers, Luke Polipnick and James Cuato Ballavin. Sound Currency revealed new ways of experiencing sound with musicians with this unique programming. Borchers shared original compositions of soundscapes infused with… Learn More

Pink House | Summer 2013

Before we float full-swing into Fall at the Pink House, we want to recount our summer with you.  Mostly, the summer has felt like an ongoing reflection of why those of us who show up, do.  We also began to deepen our understanding of what’s working and what needs more work and reflection.  We continue… Learn More

Carver Bank | Summer 2013 Wrap Up

Six months since opening, Carver Bank continues to grow as a hub for the creative and public life of its neighborhood and community. The residency program has allowed the artists to build a stronger connection to the Omaha community through public programming and workshops. The exhibition program continues to showcase emerging artists who are influenced… Learn More

Guadalupe Martinez, Dorchester Artist-in-Residence, July 2013

Vancouver-based artist Guadalupe Martinez fulfilled a two-week Engagement Residency, Monday July 15 through July 29. In addition to lending her time to scheduled Rebuild programs, Martinez realized a project engaging the glass slides collection at the Archive House. Her practice as an interdisciplinary artist explores the political and lyrical relationship between bodies, materials and space…. Learn More

Bridge to Success Day of Service at Dorchester

On Wednesday, July 24th, we were visited by over 40 high school students from Omaha. They were part of a program called Bridge to Success. “Bridge to Success (BTS) is a program that provides high school students with an opportunity to have an on-campus experience while in high school. Students enroll in courses designed to… Learn More

Final Class of Summer Sewing Program

Our summer pilot Basic Sewing & Design Program has come to a close. Students in this program made decorative notebooks and headbands, learned hand-sewing skills, used the 8-head figure drawing tool to design future outfits and made skirts using a sewing machine for the first time. This pilot program is a great foundation for our… Learn More

Carver Bank: Summer Update

Launch of Carver Bank Workshops Each summer, fall and spring, Carver Bank offers free workshops to youth and adults. This summer’s youth workshops include a writing workshop for teens lead by Artist-in-Residence Portia Love, a woodworking workshop for middle school-aged youth lead by Omaha artist Rich Mansfield, and a Girl Scouts troop lead by a… Learn More

Dorchester Day Camp

When kids are out of school and they have nothing to do where do they go? They go to Dorchester Day Camp! It’s a five-week camp only on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. At Dorchester camp, the kids get to learn, discover, and play with other kids in the community…

Summer Internship at Rebuild Foundation

​My name is Emily Fusilero. I will be a senior this fall and I am currently enrolled as an architect major at Lane Tech College Prep High School…

The Community Arts Training Institute growing roots in Pagedale

The last weekend in June marked the beginning of the first Placed-Based
Community Arts Training Institute in Pagedale.  A national model since
1997 and the longest-running training of it kind in the country, the
Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute promotes cross-sector training
of community art partners…

Beyond Housing + Rebuild Foundation take it to the Park

Friday, May 4th from 6-8 p.m. marked the first event in a series that will infuse our neighboring St. Vincent Park in Pagedale with arts and cultural activity throughout the summer. The two major sponsors of this series are Beyond Housing and Great Rivers Greenway. The May event was largely a Normandy High School showcase complete… Learn More

Setting a tone on Salerno Drive

Initially called the Salerno House in honor of its address, our space name has shifted to The Pink House, honoring the way many young neighbors observe significance in its signature characteristic.  Our name change isn’t our only news.  The collaborative nature of our recent Crate Project continues to set the tone for budding new initiatives… Learn More

Message from Rebuild Foundation founder, Theaster Gates

Over the last few years, I’ve focused my attention on making art and developing a small arts organization (Dorchester Projects). Dorchester Projects started out as a series of conversations around small community projects and has now become the topic of much conversation itself. When I moved to the 6900 block of Dorchester Avenue (minutes from… 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

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