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


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


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


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