AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s most visionary artists of improvisation and creative music. An intergenerational ensemble ranging in size from three to thirty pieces, Great Black Music Ensemble performs historical repertoire from the great pool of… Learn More

WHITNEY (2018)

Come to the Stony Island Arts Bank for a Sunday matinee screening of WHITNEY (2018): an in-depth look at the life and career of the greatest voice of all-time, Whitney Houston, hosted by Duane Powell. Our RSVP system for films at the Arts Bank has changed. Please read below. Following the screening, Duane Powell will… Learn More

Sundays at the Bank

Join resident DJ Duane Powell for an early evening dance party of soulful grooves in the newly remodeled Johnson Lounge and bar inside the Stony Island Arts Bank. The Johnson Lounge is now open during open hours at the Stony Island Arts Bank! Join us for a drink, we have cocktails, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic… Learn More

Chississippi Mixtape: Daughters of the Delta

Daughters of the Delta is a conversation with Photographer Nicole Harrison and Rebuild 2019 Dance Fellow Ayesha Jaco. Both artists will share how their families migration from Mississippi to the West Side of Chicago has influenced their current artistic practices. Attendees will be invited to bring vintage family photos and will have the opportunity to… Learn More

Black Divinity Meditation Day

“No sustained transformation can take place without going within, to experience our essential nature and allowing it to come forth to guide our lives.” -Kamau Abayomi, Creator of Black Divinity Meditation Day Saturday April 6th, within the New Moon energy, will be Black Divinity Meditation Day. Black Divinity Meditation Day is a global event beginning… Learn More

BPP 10 Point Film Series

#4. We Want Decent Housing, Fit for the Shelter of Human Beings. Arts Bank Cinema is proud to present the BPP Ten Point Program Film Series, hosted the first Sunday of each month in partnership with members of the IL Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Each month’s program will use cinema and dialogue to… Learn More

Sunday Service with DJ Duane Powell

Join us for a special Easter daytime dance party in the Johnson Lounge hosted by DJ in residence Duane Powell. Duane brings the spirit in with his distinct mixes of house, soul, and disco, and the lounge becomes a sanctuary for neighbors and visitors of all ages needing to break free. It’s fitting that Duane… Learn More

Madd Crates: Bring Your Own Vinyl

Be the DJ at the Arts Bank’s monthly Bring Your Own Vinyl Sunday. Hosted by Rahsaan “DJ Sean Doe” Hawkins and Chantala Kommanivanh, Madd Crates is open to anyone with records they want to spin. Come with your crate, or come to hang and enjoy the eclectic grooves. All are welcome, cocktails, beer, wine, and… Learn More

Dancing Beyond the Borderline

The South Chicago Dance Theatre’s newest work Dancing Beyond the Borderline: An Immersive Performance Experience is an interdisciplinary evening length performance. Dancing Beyond the Borderline provides first account recollections of the Great Migration, a look at life in Chicago’s infamous Black Belt through Jazz in the Alley founder Jimmy Ellis, and a forward to a… Learn More

BPP 10 Point Film Program (4)

#4: We Want Decent Housing Fit For The Shelter Of Human Beings. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here. Arts Bank Cinema is proud to present the BPP Ten Point Program Film Series, hosted the first Sunday of each month in partnership with members of the IL Chapter of the… Learn More

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

Rebuild Foundation’s Artists in Residence the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble perform the first Sunday of every month at the Stony Island Arts Bank. As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s most visionary artists of improvisation and creative… Learn More

BOSS: The Black Experience in Business

Directed by Peabody- and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, Boss: The Black Experience in Business shines a light on the story of resilience and resistance within the black American experience in the face of racial hostility and violence, economic exclusion, segregation and discrimination. Discover the untold story of African American entrepreneurship, where skill, industriousness, ingenuity,… Learn More

A WONDER-ful Sunday Service

On the eve of the 69th birthday of musical genius and national treasure Stevie Wonder, join resident DJ Duane Powell in the Johnson Lounge for a special edition of Sunday Service. A WONDER-ful dance party and celebration. A 4 hour set featuring music from Stevie’s vast catalog including hits, writings, production and remixes. We shall… Learn More

Crying Out Loud: The Bridge 2.1

The Bridge is a transatlantic cultural exchange. French and American musicians merge for an experimental jazz performance. This event is free and open to the public. Dan Bitney – drums, electronics Rob Frye – woodwinds, electronics JayVe Montgomery – woodwinds, electronics Olivia Scemama – double bass, electric bass Simon Sieger – trombone,, tuba, accordion, piano… Learn More

Parts of Speech: Tomeka Reid

This event is part of “Parts of Speech,” curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art, and is free and open to the public. Tomeka Reid, a cellist and composer, is especially concerned with the reception of jazz and improvised music. She wonders how, without advocacy and education, this music will continue to be heard, and… Learn More

Voices of Protest: Of Poetry and Protest

The Guild Literary Complex + Rebuild Foundation present: Of Poetry and Protest: A Voices of Protest panel This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here. This afternoon with Angela Jackson, Haki Madhubuti, and Eugene Redmond, some of the most important Chicago-area poets working at the intersection of literary innovation and political… Learn More

Sunday Service with DJ Duane Powell

Join us for a special Easter daytime dance party in the Johnson Lounge hosted by DJ in residence Duane Powell. Duane brings the spirit in with his distinct mixes of house, soul, and disco, and the lounge becomes a sanctuary for neighbors and visitors of all ages needing to break free. It’s fitting that Duane… Learn More

Madd Crates: Bring Your Own Vinyl

Be the DJ at the Arts Bank’s monthly Bring Your Own Vinyl Sunday. Hosted by Rahsaan “DJ Sean Doe” Hawkins and Chantala Kommanivanh, Madd Crates is open to anyone with records they want to spin. Come with your crate, or come to hang and enjoy the eclectic grooves. All are welcome, cocktails, beer, wine, and… Learn More

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

Rebuild Foundation’s Artists in Residence the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble perform the first Sunday of every month at the Stony Island Arts Bank. As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s most visionary artists of improvisation and creative… Learn More

FRIDAYS at the Bank: DJ SEAN DOE

Friday happy hours at the Arts Bank are now a thing. Beginning in June, each Friday afternoon features programming and special beverages for you to enjoy inside the Johnson Lounge. DJ Sean Doe provides the vibes the first Friday of each month. This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

The Jiā 家 Project: South Side Family Portraits

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” means “family” in Mandarin Chinese. To schedule a photo session,… Learn More

Live. Work. Pose.

Evolving out of the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1960s, house and vogue culture was founded and created by black and brown queer folks in the 80s and has since grown to become a cultural staple of expression, performance and attitude – not exclusively to the community responsible for it’s creation. Duckwalk to the Stony… Learn More

TONGUES UNTIED (1989)

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the experimental documentary and LGBTQ Pride, Arts Bank Cinema is proud to host a special screening of Marlon Riggs’ Tongues Untied (1989). This radical documentary gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia, and marginalization…. Learn More

Sunday Service with DJ Duane Powell

Join us for a special PRIDE dance party in the Johnson Lounge hosted by DJ in residence Duane Powell. Duane brings the spirit in with his distinct mixes of house, soul, and disco, and the lounge becomes a sanctuary for neighbors and visitors of all ages needing to break free. It’s fitting that Duane sometimes… Learn More

Black Culture Week: Art & Activism with Ayesha Jaco

Hosted by Rebuild Foundation’s dancer in residence Ayesha Jaco of the M.U.R.A.L Foundation (formerly the Lupe Fiasco Foundation), this round table discussion will explore the power of art and its ability to communicate, motivate and activate healing. Speakers include TJ Crawford, Charles Preston, Brandie Booker, and Enstrumental Dres. Free and open to the public, please… Learn More

FRIDAYS at the Bank: Maggie Brown

Friday happy hours at the Arts Bank are now a thing. Beginning in June, each Friday afternoon features programming and special beverages for you to enjoy inside the Johnson Lounge. The third Friday of each month this summer, Maggie Brown will entertain us with her special blend of storytelling, music, and song. About Maggie: Singer,… Learn More

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967)

As part of Arts Bank Cinema’s new American Pride, American Prejudice summer classic film series, we are excited to screen IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, examining moral authority and white liberalism. This series is curated and hosted by film historian Ashley Cooper, post-screening community discussions follow the films. This screening is free and open… Learn More

Performance: Angel Bat Dawid

Angel Bat Dawid descended on Chicago’s Jazz & improvised music scene just a few years ago. In a very short time, the potency, prowess, spirit & charisma of her cosmic musical proselytizing has taken her from relatively unknown improviser to borderline ubiquitous performer in Chicago’s avant-garde. This intimate performance, with Angel, Julian Otis, and Xristian… Learn More

Madd Crates: Bring Your Own Vinyl

Be the DJ at the Arts Bank’s monthly Bring Your Own Vinyl Sunday. Hosted by Rahsaan “DJ Sean Doe” Hawkins and Chantala Kommanivanh, Madd Crates is open to anyone with records they want to spin. Come with your crate, or come to hang and enjoy the eclectic grooves. All are welcome, cocktails, beer, wine, and… Learn More

Happy Hour: Selah Say

Drinks soon? Join us this Friday inside the Johnson Lounge of the Arts Bank, 4PM – 8PM, for our Friday Happy Hour with live performances by special guest Selah Say. The Johnson Lounge is now open during open hours at the Stony Island Arts Bank! We now have cocktails, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages for… Learn More

Happy Hour: DJ Sean Doe

Join us this Friday inside the Johnson Lounge of the Arts Bank, 4PM – 8PM, for our Friday Happy Hour with live performances by special guest Dj Sean Doe. The Johnson Lounge is now open during open hours at the Stony Island Arts Bank! We now have cocktails, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages for sale.

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

As a premier performing group of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM), Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago’s most visionary artists of improvisation and creative music. An intergenerational ensemble ranging in size from three to thirty pieces, Great Black Music Ensemble performs historical repertoire from the great pool of… Learn More

Happy Hour!

Join us this Friday inside the Johnson Lounge of the Arts Bank, 4PM – 8PM, for our Friday Happy Hour with live performances by special guests. The Johnson Lounge is now open during open hours at the Stony Island Arts Bank! We now have cocktails, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages for sale.

Happy Hour: Maggie Brown

Drinks soon? Join us this Friday inside the Johnson Lounge of the Arts Bank, 4PM – 8PM, for our Friday Happy Hour with live performances by special guest Maggie Brown. The Johnson Lounge is now open during open hours at the Stony Island Arts Bank! We now have cocktails, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages for… Learn More