Cinema as Rhythm and Poetry

Taught by Rebuild’s Darren Wallace, this free course features less an emphasis on formal cinematic grammar but rather developing participants’ own filmic language to articulate their stories and document their community. Though the basics of visual composition are introduced, participants will engage in experimental, guerrilla, as well as traditional studio filmmaking practices in adapting their… Learn More

Coultrain

Coultrain is as much a storyteller as he is 
a story, himself, still unfolding; 
the man takes many forms: Aaron Michael Frison; Coultrain; and Seymour Liberty (poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist). Train is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild… Learn More

Writers Workshop : Judging Your Book by Its Cover

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.  

Incantations with the Sunset Society

Leave your woes at the door and let your week melt away to a ceremonious drumbeat lead by Coultrain. Begin the weekend cleansed by local DJs and artists inspired by the Frankie Knuckles record collection. Curated by our musician-in-residence, Coultrain, Incantations with the Sunset Society will offer a new platform for the legacy of house… Learn More

Barak adé Soleil // reRaceDis: A Movement Installation

Aligned with the culmination of a year long choreographic residency at Rebuild Foundation, award-winning performing artist Barak adé Soleil presents reRaceDis: a movement installation on Saturday, January 7th from 4:00pm – 6pm at Stony Island Arts Bank, within the currently exhibited installation of noted visual artist Glenn Ligon’s A Small Band.

Choir Rehearsal

Explore new ways of constructing music and performing for live audiences at Choir Rehearsal. Choir members will be asked to do things that are slightly unorthodox relative to other gospel or community choirs. Under the leadership of Theaster Gates, Yaw Agyeman and Mikel Patrick Avery, this Choir promises to create new ways of considering black… Learn More

Cinema as Rhythm and Poetry

Taught by Rebuild’s Darren Wallace, this free course features less an emphasis on formal cinematic grammar but rather developing participants’ own filmic language to articulate their stories and document their community. Though the basics of visual composition are introduced, participants will engage in experimental, guerrilla, as well as traditional studio filmmaking practices in adapting their… Learn More

Coultrain

Coultrain is as much a storyteller as he is 
a story, himself, still unfolding; 
the man takes many forms: Aaron Michael Frison; Coultrain; and Seymour Liberty (poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist). Train is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild… Learn More

Incantations with the Sunset Society

Leave your woes at the door and let your week melt away to a ceremonious drumbeat lead by Coultrain. Begin the weekend cleansed by local DJs and artists inspired by the Frankie Knuckles record collection. Curated by our musician-in-residence, Coultrain, Incantations with the Sunset Society will offer a new platform for the legacy of house… Learn More

Writers Workshop | ISBN: The Key to Your Book’s Success

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Torture of Mothers

Mothers of the “Harlem Six,” a group of young black men wrongly accused and convicted of murder in the mid-1960s, bond together to defend their sons, and to unite a community in the name of justice. This docu-drama re-enacts the mothers’ struggle to protect their sons and make their story known. (Woodie King, Jr., 1980,… Learn More

Choir Rehearsal

Explore new ways of constructing music and performing for live audiences at Choir Rehearsal. Choir members will be asked to do things that are slightly unorthodox relative to other gospel or community choirs. Under the leadership of Theaster Gates, Yaw Agyeman and Mikel Patrick Avery, this Choir promises to create new ways of considering black… Learn More

MLK Day at Rebuild

Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy and explore African American history and culture at the Stony Island Arts Bank. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, movie screenings and readings culled from our archival collections of black history will last throughout the day. Free and open to the public, activities for all ages.   In celebration of… Learn More

Cinema as Rhythm and Poetry

Taught by Rebuild’s Darren Wallace, this free course features less an emphasis on formal cinematic grammar but rather developing participants’ own filmic language to articulate their stories and document their community. Though the basics of visual composition are introduced, participants will engage in experimental, guerrilla, as well as traditional studio filmmaking practices in adapting their… Learn More

Moving Images, Making Cities Film Series: Las Marthas

Seventy-five years ago, the border town of Laredo, Texas became home to an unlikely annual celebration of George Washington’s birthday involving re-enactments of the Boston Tea Party by local white residents dressed as Indians. Today, the tribute to the founding father continues with an elaborate debutante ball attended by teen girls, many descended from the… Learn More

Reading Fluxus Film

A hands-on workshop on artists’ books precedes a screening of word-based films, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Concrete Poetry, Concrete Book at the Special Collections Research Center, curated by Caroline Schopp, UChicago Ph.D. candidate in Art History. A panel discussion will follow the screening, introduced by media art historian Bruce Jenkins (SAIC) and including Jenkins, Schopp,… Learn More

Writers Workshop | Who’s Your Editor?

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Choir Rehearsal

Explore new ways of constructing music and performing for live audiences at Choir Rehearsal. Choir members will be asked to do things that are slightly unorthodox relative to other gospel or community choirs. Under the leadership of Theaster Gates, Yaw Agyeman and Mikel Patrick Avery, this Choir promises to create new ways of considering black… Learn More

Cinema As Rhythm & Poetry: Student Showcase

‘Cinema as Rhythm and Poetry’ asked students  to challenge their assumptions about documentary, experimental, and narrative cinema. This critical reflection initiated the search for participants’ own filmic language to articulate their stories and document communities. The works screened here are the result of this search. Led by Darren Wallace, Cinema Education Coordinator of Black Cinema… Learn More

Writers Workshop | Multiple Voices and POVs: Skilled Craftsmanship or Manifest Schizophrenia

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Reading the Black Library: Daniel Black

Award-winning author Daniel Black will read from and sign copies of his recent masterwork, THE COMING. This book, hailed by critics as “brilliant”, “poetic”, “hypnotizing”, and “lyrical”, tells the story of a people’s capture and sojourn from their homeland to a nation far across the sea. Its first person narration chronicles the unimaginable trauma of the Middle… Learn More

LAMPO: Sarah Davachi at Rebuild Foundation

In her Chicago debut, composer Sarah Davachi premieres new work for Lampo and Rebuild Foundation—a composition for vintage synthesizers, harmonium and cello that explores the acoustics of the Stony Island Arts Bank, while creating a lush, immersive sound to take listeners inward. The young Canadian artist is interested in “the experience of enveloped sonic dwelling,”… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery: PARADE

Interdisciplinary musician and Rebuild artist-in-resident Mikel Patrick Avery presents PARADE, a short film documenting “this crazy parade” he led at the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Based on a new composition written in response to stories from the neighborhood around the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative on Chicago’s south side, Avery created a piece that… Learn More

Incantations with the Sunset Society

Join our secret society every Friday evening for dancing, lounging and sun valedictions. Leave your woes at the door and let your week melt away to a ceremonious drumbeat lead by Coultrain. Begin the weekend cleansed by local DJs and artists inspired by the Frankie Knuckles record collection. Curated by our musician-in-residence, Coultrain, Incantations with… Learn More

LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music

In honor of African American History Month, distinguished Chicago singer and Rebuild Musician-in-Residence  Maggie Brown will perform  1-woman-show “LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music,” which teaches about the history and evolution of African American music. It’s an interactive history lesson and concert during which Brown will get to flex her feelings for field hollers and work… Learn More

AMFM Presents: The Jazz Series

AMFM supports emerging and established artists by offering a platform for them to showcase their talents and their passions on a larger scale. They also feature in-depth Q&A’s and content with artists and creatives from all over the globe. AMFM curates and hosts monthly events combining the arts to cultivate community, and good vibes. The… Learn More

Youth Documentary & News Production

Participants will analyze contemporary non-fiction media ranging from short form documentaries to news stories. Engaging media literacy via content creation, students will develop PSAs, news packages and document their communities. Students will develop visualization and research strategies in conjunction with story creation and journalistic ethics.

Class: Cinema Scene Study

Cinema Scene Study, a free weekly course offered by Black Cinema House this winter, places an emphasis on the collaboration process within a studio style video production model. Introducing the functions of key department heads that shape directorial visions, each student will inhabit these roles as they collaborate on their peers’ projects. Each participant will… Learn More

Coultrain

Coultrain is as much a storyteller as he is 
a story, himself, still unfolding; 
the man takes many forms: Aaron Michael Frison; Coultrain; and Seymour Liberty (poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist). Train is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music. Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild… Learn More

Flower Girl with Mary Adekoya

The top-grossing Nollywood film of 2013, Flower Girl is director Michelle Bello’s “love letter to Lagos,” presenting sites from the city never before captured on film. Following a long line of Nigerian “makeover films,”  Flower Girl tells the story of frumpy florist Kemi, whose wedding day dreams eventually lead her to question her quest for… Learn More

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Developing Visual Literacy

Explore themes of love, community and family and learn how to read a visual language. Storyteller Oba Williams King will lead this all-ages family-friendly workshop that teaches strategies to observe, describe and interpret art.

Choir Rehearsal

Explore new ways of constructing music and performing for live audiences at Choir Rehearsal. Choir members will be asked to do things that are slightly unorthodox relative to other gospel or community choirs. Under the leadership of Theaster Gates, Yaw Agyeman and Mikel Patrick Avery, this Choir promises to create new ways of considering black… Learn More

Youth Documentary & News Production

Participants will analyze contemporary non-fiction media ranging from short form documentaries to news stories. Engaging media literacy via content creation, students will develop PSAs, news packages and document their communities. Students will develop visualization and research strategies in conjunction with story creation and journalistic ethics.

Class: Cinema Scene Study

Cinema Scene Study, a free weekly course offered by Black Cinema House this winter, places an emphasis on the collaboration process within a studio style video production model. Introducing the functions of key department heads that shape directorial visions, each student will inhabit these roles as they collaborate on their peers’ projects. Each participant will… Learn More

Looking for Langston: Poetry + Film

As part of the Harlem Renaissance Celebration in Hyde Park, Black Cinema House presents Looking for Langston, a lyrical reimagining of the cultural legacy of revered African American poet Langston Hughes, hosted by Emily Lansana (UChicago associate director of Community Arts Engagement) and Jacqueline Stewart (Black Cinema House curator/UChicago professor of Cinema + Media Studies)…. Learn More

LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music

In honor of African American History Month, distinguished Chicago singer and Rebuild Musician-in-Residence  Maggie Brown will perform  1-woman-show “LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music,” which teaches about the history and evolution of African American music. It’s an interactive history lesson and concert during which Brown will get to flex her feelings for field hollers and work… Learn More

Perle Noir: Meditations for Josephine

Perle Noire: Meditations on Joséphine is a tour-de-force featuring soprano Julia Bullock, with original music and arrangements by Tyshawn Sorey. Texts by Claudia Rankine frame a portrait of the historic singer, played and sung by Bullock, in which several of Baker’s classic songs are reimagined and given new expressive depth. The New York Times calls… Learn More

Class: Cinema Scene Study

Cinema Scene Study, a free weekly course offered by Black Cinema House this winter, places an emphasis on the collaboration process within a studio style video production model. Introducing the functions of key department heads that shape directorial visions, each student will inhabit these roles as they collaborate on their peers’ projects. Each participant will… Learn More

Bottle Tree at Stony Island Arts Bank

“The sound that the trio — composer/cornetist/synth player Ben Lamar Gay, vocalist/percussionist/scholar A.M. Frison, and Italian drummer Tommaso Moretti — evoke is what one imagines the great Art Ensemble of Chicago would have sounded like if asked to write a ‘hit.’” – AFROPUNK International Anthem presents BOTTLE TREE w/ special guest JAMIRE WILLIAMS DJ sets… Learn More

365Black

” I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me”  -Ralph Ellison Observe the sounds of artist Yaw Agyeman Tuesday at the Stony Island Arts Bank as the artist reflects on Black History all day long through mourning, meditation and prayer.

Class: Cinema Scene Study

Cinema Scene Study, a free weekly course offered by Black Cinema House this winter, places an emphasis on the collaboration process within a studio style video production model. Introducing the functions of key department heads that shape directorial visions, each student will inhabit these roles as they collaborate on their peers’ projects. Each participant will… Learn More

Writers Workshop: Building a Writer’s Website (Part 1)

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Mapping Cinema in the City

Where do you go to the movies? Why do you go there? Does your venue of choice change depending on the type of screening? Black Cinema House, in conjunction with UChicago’s  “Chicago Film Cultures” course, led by Jacqueline Stewart, hosts an event dedicated to discussing the history and significance of cinematic spaces in Chicago. Join… Learn More

Choir Rehearsal

Explore new ways of constructing music and performing for live audiences at Choir Rehearsal. Choir members will be asked to do things that are slightly unorthodox relative to other gospel or community choirs. Under the leadership of Theaster Gates, Yaw Agyeman and Mikel Patrick Avery, this Choir promises to create new ways of considering black… Learn More

KIKI

In partnership with the Human Rights Watch Chicago 2017 Film Series, Black Cinema House is pleased to present KIKI – a film by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garcon. Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting, complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youths of color,… Learn More

Love Jones

“Before LOVE JONES, black romance on the big screen was hard to come by. Sure, MAHOGANY had paved the way, but that was in 1975. Since then, most of the movies featuring black people were about ‘hood life: poverty, gangs, drugs and guns. Someone was always dying by the time the credits rolled. Then, in… Learn More

Hyphen-Labs: NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism

Hyphen-Labs is an international collective of women artists, designers, engineers, game-builders, and writers known for works that merge art, technology, and science. Their latest project, the multiplatform NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism uses video, virtual reality, and medical imaging to explore Black women’s contributions to science while raising issues of identity and perception. Set in a future “neurocosmetology… Learn More

Intore

Intore offers a rare and powerful look at how Rwanda survived a tragic past by regaining its identity through music, dance, and the resilience of a new generation. Rwandan filmmaker Eric Kabera’s  triumphant story features performances from the country’s top traditional and commercial artists in music and dance, interwoven with poignant interviews with genocide survivors… Learn More

Black Scholars Salon: Thelma Golden + Theaster Gates

Join us for April’s Black Scholars Salon, a collaboration between Rebuild Foundation, Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture featuring Thelma Golden in conversation with Theaster Gates. Thelma and Theaster will discuss Golden’s experiences growing a Black museum, and the role and challenge of institutionality in black cultural spaces.  … Learn More

Visual Repertoire for Video Artists

Using the vast visual resources housed at The Stony Island Arts Bank, participants will learn how to build their internal library of image-based references using inspiration from the glass lantern slides collection, archival materials from the Johnson Publishing Library, and selected films from the Black Cinema House collection. Participants will also learn how to use… Learn More

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stony Island Arts Bank.Tours begin in the Johnson Publishing Library and include behind-the-scenes viewings of our private collection areas including the “godfather of House music” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection.

Visual Repertoire for Video Artists

Using the vast visual resources housed at The Stony Island Arts Bank, participants will learn how to build their internal library of image-based references using inspiration from the glass lantern slides collection, archival materials from the Johnson Publishing Library, and selected films from the Black Cinema House collection. Participants will also learn how to use… Learn More

Watermelon Man

Guest curator: Arts + Public Life Film Fellow Cam Be   White, loud-mouth suburban husband, father and businessman Jeff Gerber seems to have it all, until the day he wakes up black. Suddenly, he’s a white bigot in black skin who has to deal with a shocked family, intolerant neighbors, cold shoulders at the office… Learn More

Visual Repertoire for Video Artists

Using the vast visual resources housed at The Stony Island Arts Bank, participants will learn how to build their internal library of image-based references using inspiration from the glass lantern slides collection, archival materials from the Johnson Publishing Library, and selected films from the Black Cinema House collection. Participants will also learn how to use… Learn More

The Collections: Black and Blue

Combining elements of Glass Lantern Slide Night and Reading the Black Library, The Writers’ Workshop at Stony Island Arts Bank is hosting “The Collections: Black and Blue.” Building from words, images, and sounds found in the Arts Bank’s collections, themes of assimilation, language, social identity, spirituality and political power are explored through participating artists’ original… Learn More

Portrait of Jason: 50th Anniversary Screening

In celebration of 50 years of LGBTQ/SGL black Americans in cinema, Black Cinema House and the Chicago Center for H.I.V Elimination present Portrait of Jason, the provocative, ground-breaking 1967 film that influenced generations of queer cinema. For twelve hours over the course of an evening, director Shirley Clarke and her friends interviewed Jason Holliday about… Learn More

Education Emancipation: A Benefit Concert

The I Project teams up with Bouchet Elementary, a predominantly Black, low-income, elementary school in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. The ‘Education Emancipation’ campaign aims to provide children in Chicago Public Schools elementary schools with equitable funding, so that they may receive the education they are entitled to.  Through a concert, Go Fund Me, and partnerships… Learn More

The Soul of It: Shinemen + American Shoeshine

“It’s in the jazz of it. It’s in the soul of it. Two people conversing. The back and forth of it.” George Bailey, Columbia College Chicago filmmaker Eleva Singleton presents Shinemen, a short documentary featuring Chicago shoe shine technician Bill Williams. Owner of two Chicago shoe-shine shops, Williams juggled his business while also working in… Learn More

Premiere Night! Youth Video Showcase

The students of Black Cinema House’s after-school video program, in partnership with South Shore Fine Arts Academy, invite you to the public premiere of their new videos! My Job  (Ebony) Children’s Safety First!   (Brea + Betthaney) Meet My Mom   (Aminah) How Budget Cuts Affect Us   (Jasmine + Taylor) It’s Never Too Late To Graduate   (Sharonda)… Learn More

In the Morning with director Nefertite Nguvu

Writer/director/producer Nefertite Nguvu’s award-winning debut feature film charts the emotional anatomy of the lives, loves, infidelities, and enduring friendships of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers over the course of one day. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Urban World Film Festival in New York, In the Morning delves into… Learn More

Archiving Workshop with Maggie Brown

Join The South Side Home Movie Project and Rebuild artist-in-residence Maggie Brown for an archiving workshop on how to care for, preserve, and catalog your archival materials whether they be film, video, documents or photo! Archivists will be on hand to inspect your film so bring any materials you might have and consider donating to… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath with Yaw Agyeman

Join us for our weekly Sunday Service featuring the work of former Rebuild Foundation artist-in-residence, Yaw Agyeman, and his musical accompaniment. Work on the Sabbath seeks to create an experience of healing and community through the practice of listening and space sharing. Featuring: Mister JayToo (DJ) Justin Dillard (keys) Richard Riley (bass) Christopher Paquette (skins)… Learn More

VoCA Talk: Derrick Adams

On the occasion of his new multimedia exhibition, “Future People,” opening at the Rebuild Foundation Stony Island Arts Bank on June 6, Derrick Adams will sit down with VoCA Board Member and Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art at The Huntington, Chad Alligood, to discuss his arts practice and the experience of incorporating… Learn More

The Petty Biennial Film Program

NOTE LOCATION: Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Boulevard Join us for a Film Program presented as part of the exhibition The Petty Biennial, curated by La Keisha Leek and Sadie Woods, Arts + Public Life’s Inaugural Curatorial Collective. Open TV Premieres – programmed by Aymar Jean Christian Kai Green, Triggers, 2017 Ester Alegria, ambivert, 2017… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath presents Kiara Lanier

Work on the Sabbath presents The QiQi teatime cabaret with Kiara Lanier The QiQi is a teatime cabaret that blends a concert of soul experimental music, site specific performance art, and holistic health for a contemporary and immersive experience at a dinner table. While enjoying a hand blended flight of herbal medicinal teas, desserts and… Learn More

Visual Repertoire for Video Artists: Projects

Using the vast visual resources housed at The Stony Island Arts Bank, participants in Black Cinema House’s free weekly class built personal libraries of image-based references using inspiration from the Glass Lantern Slides collection, archival materials from the Johnson Publishing Library, and selected films from the Black Cinema House collection. Tonight they present their mood… Learn More

The House on Coco Road

The latest release from Ava DuVernay’s distribution collective, Array. Set amidst the Grenada Revolution, The House on Coco Road documents one family’s flight from racial tensions in 1980’s Oakland, California, only to find themselves settled directly in the path of a U.S. military invasion. Featuring interviews with life-long social justice activists Angela Davis, Fania Davis… Learn More

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

Maggie Brown will perform her one-woman show “LEGACY: Our Wealth in Music” as tribute to Juneteenth and Black Music Month, joined by special guests, including the teenage trio band Lance. In her Open Rehearsals, Maggie Brown develops new arrangements for jazz and bebop songs with her vocalist sister, Africa Brown, as the audience is treated… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath Featuring Phenom

Join us for our weekly Sunday Service featuring the work of former Rebuild Foundation artist-in-residence, Yaw Agyeman, and his musical accompaniment. Work on the Sabbath seeks to create an experience of healing and community through the practice of listening and space sharing.

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

In her Open Rehearsals, Maggie Brown develops new arrangements for jazz and bebop songs with her vocalist sister, Africa Brown, as the audience is treated to a potent musical history lesson accompanied by great music from the heart. Her live audience rehearsals often feature young musicians as they develop their repertoire to perform at festivals… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath Featuring Stacy Patrice

Stacy Patrice is a healing anthropologist, immersed in the practice of soul healing for liberation. Stacy is an expressionist in movement, music and media creating salubrious experiences to activate the power within.

Stacy and Yaw will be in conversation through musical instrumentation and community sharing.

Samaria Rice: A Mother Speaks

In the Fall of 2016, Rebuild Foundation received the gazebo from the Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where twelve-year-old Tamir Rice was murdered by the Cleveland Police. Samaria Rice, Tamir’s mother, will speak about why and how the gazebo came to Chicago, its significance and its care.

Archiving Workshop Redux with Maggie Brown

Join us for our second Archiving Workshop with Rebuild Artist-in-Residence Maggie Brown. This time we will be diving into the complicated world of videotape preservation and how to keep precious VHS tapes safe for years to come. We will also be doing a primer on archival storage for 35mm slides.

Work on the Sabbath featuring K-Love: Black Boy Joy | Black Girl Magic

K-Love is a poet, mentor, motivational speaker, and author of the highly anticipated children’s book, For Smart Mouth Girls. Yaw and K-Love will be in musical conversation using children’s books that highlight the beauty and magic of our children. Join us for our weekly Sunday Service featuring the work of former Rebuild Foundation artist-in-residence, Yaw Agyeman, and… Learn More

Taking Control of the Narrative: Shorts + conversation with Pemon Rami, David Weathersby and Abe Thompson

An evening of shorts and conversation with Chicago filmmakers, presented in partnership with It’s A Short, an online platform for award winning/award nominated short film, video and web series. The Negro Entertainer (Pemon Rami, 2014, 6 min) Is black face really necessary? An actor comes to terms with his true expression. The Joan Dameron Crisler… Learn More

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

In her Open Rehearsals, Maggie Brown develops new arrangements for jazz and bebop songs with her vocalist sister, Africa Brown, as the audience is treated to a potent musical history lesson accompanied by great music from the heart. Her live audience rehearsals often feature young musicians as they develop their repertoire to perform at festivals… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath featuring Angèle Anise

Musician Angèle Anise’s soul goal is to evoke empathy around the world with words that stir heart strings straight and sonics that awaken minds. The September Release of her EP “First of All” will be her introduction to the masses. Join us for our weekly Sunday Service featuring the work of former Rebuild Foundation artist-in-residence,… Learn More

The Dovetail Series: Maggie Brown + Spektral Quartet

Conceived as an incubator for collaboration and exchange across Chicago’s geographic and cultural borders, the Dovetail Series pairs Rebuild-affiliated artists and musicians with the Spektral Quartet, University of Chicago’s ensemble-in-residence, each playing a solo set and then meeting in the middle for a devised or improvised middle set. For the July 22nd launch, Maggie Brown… Learn More

Black Carceral & Media Architecture + Affirmative Action & Art

Please join us for an evening of research and refreshments courtesy of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium. 2017 BMRC Summer Short-Term Fellows will speak on the following topics: “Staging Equity: The Evolution of Carceral Architecture in African American Communities in Chicago,” “Black Media Architecture in Chicago,” “Affirmative Lives,” and “Chiseling, Welding, and Painting: A Chicago Landscape’s… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath featuring Mo Johnson

A duo consisting of Luke Sequeira and Sean Owens, “Mo Johnson” is based around a fictitious character who is surrounded by constant struggle and resorts to a life of crime. Revolving around all the aspects of a heist, Mo Johnson attempts to create a sonic pallet that sonically hijacks the listener with lush harmonics and… Learn More

Archiving Workshop III with Maggie Brown

It’s our third Archiving Workshop with Rebuild Artist-in-Residence Maggie Brown at the Arts Bank! Join Maggie and archivist Candace Ming for a primer on caring for your 8mm, Super-8 and 16mm films as well as audiocassette preservation. Bring your films for inspection and assessment and ask about our free digitization services!

Work on the Sabbath featuring SPQHER

This week, Yaw is joined by hip hop + soul female duo SPQHER. Join us for our weekly Sunday Service featuring the work of former Rebuild Foundation artist-in-residence, Yaw Agyeman, and his musical accompaniment. Work on the Sabbath seeks to create an experience of healing and community through the practice of listening and space sharing.

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

In her Open Rehearsals, Maggie Brown develops new arrangements for jazz and bebop songs with her vocalist sister, Africa Brown, as the audience is treated to a potent musical history lesson accompanied by great music from the heart. Her live audience rehearsals often feature young musicians as they develop their repertoire to perform at festivals… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath featuring Tasleem Jamila

Tasleem Jamila is an internationally renowned poet, vocalist and cultural producer. Her sound is a fusion of hip hop, spirituals, mystical chants, and lyrical soul. She is author of Black Baptist Muslim Mystic poetry book. We will share poetry, songs and lyrics as healing that speak to the current times, exploring healing and creativity with lyrics… Learn More

Sankofa City Summer School Kick-Off

What will the South Side of Chicago look like in 2021?  Vanguard L.A. Rebellion filmmaker and founder of Kaos Network Ben Caldwell kicks off a week-long workshop on visualizing the future of our community with this presentation of his work around the transformation of LA’s Leimert Park. Through the production of Afro-speculative design videos, Caldwell… Learn More

Sankofa City Summer School: South Side Design Fiction Workshop with Ben Caldwell + Jacqueline Stewart

Dates: August 19-26, 2017 Location: sites include Logan Center, Connect Gallery, various south side locations Details + registration:   Gray Center  |  sabrina@rebuild-foundation.org What will the South Side of Chicago look like in 2021?  As we anticipate the construction of the Obama Presidential Center, this workshop brings South Side residents and University of Chicago students together… Learn More

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

In her Open Rehearsals, Maggie Brown develops new arrangements for jazz and bebop songs with her vocalist sister, Africa Brown, as the audience is treated to a potent musical history lesson accompanied by great music from the heart. Her live audience rehearsals often feature young musicians as they develop their repertoire to perform at festivals… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath featuring The DOT

Work on the Sabbath seeks to create an experience of healing and community through the practice of listening and space sharing. This week, Jamal Jeffries “Mister JayToo” will be joined by organ trio The DOT, with organist Justin Dillard, guitarist Vincent Roofe, and drummer Samuel Jewell.

Handsworth Songs with Ian Sergeant

Screening of Handsworth Songs (John Akomfrah, UK, 1986) with visiting curator Ian Sergeant. “I was a budding filmmaker and a founding member of Black Pyramid Film & Video Project, in Bristol 1994, when I first saw the films of Black Audio Film Collective, now Smoking Dogs. Truth is Black Pyramid’s establishment was inspired by the… Learn More

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

In her Open Rehearsals, Maggie Brown develops new arrangements for jazz and bebop songs with her vocalist sister, Africa Brown, as the audience is treated to a potent musical history lesson accompanied by great music from the heart. Her live audience rehearsals often feature young musicians as they develop their repertoire to perform at festivals… Learn More

Sankofa City Summer School: Proposals for Our Future: Video Screening/Community Conversation/Reception

Note location: Connect Gallery (1520 S Harper Court) Participants in Sankofa City Summer School: South Side Design Fiction Workshop present their visions for the future of our neighborhood, in the form of speculative design videos and objects that imagine new possibilities for public spaces. Presentations will be hosted by workshop leaders, legendary filmmaker, entrepreneur and… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath featuring Neak

Work on the Sabbath seeks to create an experience of healing and community through the practice of listening and space sharing. This week, Sabbath is led by Chicago-based hip-hop artist Neak, featuring drummer Tayesticks and guitarist George Wundsam. Let There Be Light: Representing Neak’s hopeful views on God and life, while navigating and understanding the… Learn More

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

In her Open Rehearsals, Maggie Brown develops new arrangements for jazz and bebop songs with her vocalist sister, Africa Brown, as the audience is treated to a potent musical history lesson accompanied by great music from the heart. Her live audience rehearsals often feature young musicians as they develop their repertoire to perform at festivals… Learn More

PERFORM. SELF/ REFLECT.

Black Cinema House will feature multimedia artists Nic Kay, Ester Alegria, Amina Ross and Ireashia Monét for viewings and discussions centered around explorations of the self via performance and the moving image. Join us as we delve into each intimate journey while thinking critically of the relationship between mind, body, space, the recording eye and… Learn More

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

In her Open Rehearsals, Maggie Brown develops new arrangements for jazz and bebop songs with her vocalist sister, Africa Brown, as the audience is treated to a potent musical history lesson accompanied by great music from the heart. Her live audience rehearsals often feature young musicians as they develop their repertoire to perform at festivals… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath featuring Meagan McNeal

Work on the Sabbath seeks to create an experience of healing and community through the practice of listening and space sharing. This week, Sabbath is led by neo-soul and R&B singer Meagan McNeal. A combination of grace, power, and control, Meagan McNeal’s vocal heights paint soaring overtures, while bending sound and satisfying the soul.

Black Cinema House presents Love Under Pressure

Black Cinema House will feature local filmmakers Chan C. Smith and Raphael Nash for a diverse program of discussions and screenings touching on police violence, white supremacy, and Black love. Chan C. Smith is an accomplished independent filmmaker and freelance multimedia producer. They’re also a visual storyteller, interested in using cinema to address current social ails… Learn More

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Writer’s Workshop presents Author Showcase

The Writer’s Workshop that meets at the Arts Bank every Friday presents their Showcase to share their work. Please join us to enjoy these works, featuring: Carl Crozier: “Some of My Heroes Died in the Riots” Josephine Harris-Oversby: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” Jo McEntee: “Passages” Eugene Mhoon: “Damaged Goods” and other poems Sean &… Learn More

BCH presents “Attack the Block”

BCH is proud to screen Attack the Block, the action-packed sci-fi film starring John Boyega. Join us as we discuss the roles of John and other Black and POC characters taking center stage in the ultimate “what-if” scenario: can the projects survive an alien invasion?

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Ernest Dawkins

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins joins Rebuild Foundation this fall as an Artist-in-Residence. Ernest Dawkins and his band will kick off his year-long residency at Rebuild with a special inaugural performance in partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, featuring guest jazz guitarist George Freemen.

Work on the Sabbath featuring Junior Hologram

Singer and saxophonist duo Junior Hologram will present a multimedia performance of video and audio to transport the audience. “As we move about the planetary surface in our daily activities, we are generally unaware of the vast information exchange occurring within our human body structure and of how our individual minds continually communicate with the planetary,… Learn More

BCH presents TEACH US ALL

BCH is proud to screen TEACH US ALL, in partnership with ARRAY. Through case studies in Little Rock, New York City and Los Angeles, TEACH US ALL examines one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time; a quality education for all children. TEACH US ALL chronicles the landmark 1957 “Little Rock Crisis”… Learn More

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

In her Open Rehearsals, Maggie Brown develops new arrangements for jazz and bebop songs with her vocalist sister, Africa Brown, as the audience is treated to a potent musical history lesson accompanied by great music from the heart. Her live audience rehearsals often feature young musicians as they develop their repertoire to perform at festivals… Learn More

I ♥ ART Fundraiser

SkyART will host it’s annual I ♥ ART fundraiser on Thursday, October 12, from 6-9pm, at the Stony Island Arts Bank, marking 16 years of bringing the best free and openly accessible art programs in the city to young people all over the Southeast Side.   The event will also celebrate new partnerships between SkyART and two organizations directed by SkyART board member… Learn More

BCH presents DREAMSTATES

BCH is proud to present DREAMSTATES in partnership with Gary International Black Film Festival. Equal parts love story, road movie, and Americana, DREAMSTATES tells the haunting tale of two wayward souls (Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman) discovering their love for one another in their dreams and reality while touring the United States with some of… Learn More

Saturdays at the Bank: Maggie Brown

It’s our fourth Archiving Workshop with Rebuild Artist-in-Residence Maggie Brown at the Stony Island Arts Bank! Join Maggie and South Side Home Movie Project Archivist Candace Ming for a primer on caring for your 8mm, Super-8 and 16mm films as well as videocassette preservation. Maggie will share material from the archive of her father, Oscar… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath featuring Ugochi Nwaogwugwu

Ugochi Nwaogwugwu was born in the United States to two Igbo (Eastern Nigerian) parents. Ugochi Nwaogwugwu is an international creative and has written a one woman show about her families immigrant experience called, Season’s Of Separation, due for independent release in 2018. Ugochi will be reading excerpts from this show for her first set. Her… Learn More

BCH presents RETURNS

Black Cinema House is proud to partner with Logan Center Exhibitions for RETURNS, the first convening in a multi-year research project, public program and online platform that explores the history of Pan-Africanism and its articulation in the art and culture of the contemporary African Diaspora. Initiated by the former President of Senegal and leading Pan-Africanist… Learn More

Creative Capital Info Session

Meet up with Creative Capital, local artists, and others from the cultural community to learn how artists can apply for funding of up to $50,000 for innovative project ideas, plus receive career development and advisory services valued at an additional $45,000. Creative Capital staff will present an overview of our Awards Program and answer questions about… Learn More

BCH presents THE HORROR

Join us for a horror-themed night featuring works by filmmakers Lewis Vaughn and Monika Estrella Negra. Silverhead by Lewis Vaughn gives us insight to an isolated and indulgent masked ax murderer who, unbeknownst to him, is being chased.  FLESH, the first film of Monika Estrella Negra’s, centers on a troubled protagonist who targets white victims as an answer to… Learn More

Calling All Citymakers…

“Calling all Citymakers…” is a lecture/discussion that frames ideas discussed in Cassim Shepard’s 2017 book Citymakers: the Culture and Craft of Practical Urbanism. The book, based on seven years of reporting for The Architectural League’s groundbreaking online publication Urban Omnibus, seeks to expand the notion of who is an active shaper of the built environment…. Learn More

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

UChicago Architectural Biennial Tour

Join us for a tour of the historical Stony Island Arts Bank! The UChicago Architectural Biennial Shuttle runs on an hourly loop to various sites of architectural activity and speculation, including the Stony Island Arts Bank, envisioned by Theaster Gates. The tour is FREE and the bus is hop-on, hop-off. Sponsored by UChicago Arts, UChicago Office… Learn More

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Volunteer + Docent Orientation Session

Rebuild Foundation is providing an orientation for those interested in the volunteer / docent program! The orientation will include an overview of Rebuild Foundation, introductions to special collections and information on exhibitions. Snacks will be provided. We encourage all to bring note-taking materials. Please RSVP with your name and email to maya@rebuild-foundation.org. 

Black Cinema House Presents: BCH Mixtape: Vol. 1

Greetings, Chicago! Friday, November 10th, Black Cinema House is proud to present the BCH Mixtape: Vol. 1, the first in a series of showcases screening independent short films comprising a variety of moving image-makers. Black Cinema House continues its mission to uplift Black cinema, as the BCH Mixtape Series aims to champion an array of… Learn More

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

THE DOVETAIL SERIES: Spektral + Mikel Patrick Avery

The Spektral Quartet propels its new Dovetail Series into the 2017/18 season with a stimulating exploration of environmental sound alongside multi-faceted artist Mikel Patrick Avery. For this collaboratively devised experience, all five musicians will work together to uncover the unique resonating frequency to which the Stony Island Arts Bank is naturally tuned – all enclosed… Learn More

Writers Workshop

Curated by teaching artist and Rebuild volunteer, Jo McEntee, the Writers Workshop is structured to nurture individual growth and foster collaborative projects.  2017  will focus on evolving writers into published authors. To accomplish that goal, the workshop format has changed from all readings and critiques to incorporate topics in the writing/publishing process.

Black Cinema House presents: 90 Days

Black Cinema House and Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation Presents: “90 Days” Friday, December 1  |  7:00-9:00 PM  |  Stony Island Arts Bank In honor of World AIDS Day, Black Cinema House and Imani Pearls Community Development Foundation collaborate to present “90 Days,”A riveting story of love, integrity and compassion, 90 DAYS explores a beautiful couple’s relationship… Learn More

Stephen Warwick presented by Lampo

Steven Warwick: Figuring Space (on the Mezzanine) is a special, two-day project from the Berlin-based artist, including a new audiovisual performance with texts by Elevator to Mezzanine, his project with media theorist DeForrest Brown Jr., and a performance-lecture-reading with writer Nora Khan. Here, Warwick remixes unreleased sound with material from Nadir, his 2016 release that… Learn More

A Different World: Screening and Discussion

Chicago! Please join Black Cinema House and Afrotrak as we screen episodes of “A Different World” Friday, December 8th! Stick around afterwards as we discuss rape culture, what success looks like through the eyes of young black people, HIV stigmatization, and identity struggles within black womanhood. Episodes: Season 2, ep 20 – “No Means No” Season 3,… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath featuring The Black Monks of Mississippi and Lawrence Agyei

The Black Monks of Mississippi is an experimental music collaboration founded in 2008 by Theaster Gates. The Black Monks are an order of musicians and singers who temporarily submit themselves to ideals of musical restraint and semi-strict adherence to the blues form. Lawrence Agyei is a Chicago-based photographer who’s work mainly deals with portraiture.  His work… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath featuring Gira Dahnee

Work on the Sabbath will feature musical artist Gira Dahnee. Dahnee believes that music is a passageway to the metaphysical realm. Her EP Future Geechee (2015) merges the genres of jazz, rock, and electro-experimental. Her sultry alto voice take listeners across lifetimes, reaching the purity of soul. She has opened for Marc De Clive-Lowe, David Boykin,… Learn More

Black Cinema House Presents: Pariah

Dee Rees’ break – out 2011 feature film, Pariah, features a teenager named Alike who lives in Brooklyn with her much younger sister and both witness the strained marriage of their parents. A lesbian whose self expression defies the heteronormative, Alike quietly embraces her identity, especially outside of her home, and begins to fall for… Learn More