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.

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

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.

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: 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.

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

In The Absence of Light: Gesture, Humor and Resistance in The Black Aesthetic

In partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, Art in America, and the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Rebuild Foundation is proud to present the exhibition In The Absence of Light: Gesture, Humor and Resistance in The Black Aesthetic at Stony Island Arts Bank. Organized by Theaster Gates, in collaboration with Beth Rudin DeWoody and Laura Dvorkin, this exhibition…

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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

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

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

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 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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Obama Paintings

THE OBAMA PAINTINGS | ROB PRUITT “At the end of a presidency, everybody scurries about trying to figure out what that president’s legacy will be. I did not want to highlight big moments – moments like the signing of the Affordable Care Act, the Iran Nuclear Deal, or the capture of Osama bin Laden –…

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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

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

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

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

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble Conducted by Ernest Dawkins

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. Led by famed saxophonist Ernest Khabeer Dawkins, the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble performs the first Sunday of each month from 5pm-7pm at… Learn More

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

Ayesha Jaco

Ayesha Jaco is a Senior Director, Choreographer, and Philanthropist. Over the course of her year-long residency at Rebuild Foundation, she will dig into topics of heritage, legacy, and migration through movement, sound, film, and participatory archiving. The outline of her residency is as follows, sign up for our newsletter to remain up to date on… Learn More

ICONIC: Curator Tour & Artist Talk

See ICONIC: Black Panther Chicago exhibition with its curator, Tracie D. Hall as she focuses on why particular artworks and elements were selected to honor the legacy of the prolific activist organization and hear from a panel of artists who contributed to this groundbreaking show.

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble: Kwanzaa Edition

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

#FramingSouthShore Fall Showcase

In partnership with the Community TV Network, the Stony Island Arts Bank is honored to present the #FramingSouthShore Fall Showcase. This screening will exclusively feature the short film works created by students in the #FramingSouthShore Media Program at South Shore International College Prep. Students have created short documentaries, exploring themes of: • Positive Body Image… Learn More

Writers Workshop Author Showcase

Writers Workshop is an ecletic community of writers, poets, lyricists, playrights, photographers, artists and musicians. We gather on Fridays from 3-6 at the Stony Island Arts Bank for the company of like-minded souls. We seek and give encouragement and criticism and share our journeys. The Authors Showcase is our yearly event which highlights the year’s… Learn More

BRAVEMONK’s Community Jam

Rebuild Foundation’s dancer in residence, BRAVEMONK, is hosting this special dance party and competition where dancers test their skills in head-to-head freestyle battles. Some of the top dancers from around the city will converge at the Arts Bank to share, express and connect.

BRAVEMONK

Daniel “BRAVEMONK” Haywood Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of BraveSoul Movement and a cultural ambassador and leader in the Hip-Hop community, has served both nationally and internationally as an artist, performer, educator, choreographer, host, judge and competitor over the last 18 years.

The Bridge #15

The new sound of the early 20th century, which was to be identified as ‘jazz’, was immediately new and popular, a product of its time linked to that era’s transformations: a fortunate collision of cultures, at the time of the second industrial revolution, the development of mass transportation, the democratization of artistic and instrumental practices…… Learn More

Sign & Spin Social Gathering

In cohesion with the ICONIC: Black Panther exhibition, SEPIA Collective and Rebuild Foundation presents a ‘Sign & Spin Social Gathering’. Come to the Stony Island Arts Bank for a meet and greet with Black Panthers while DJ Duane Powell spins an afro-rhythmic set. Purchase original artwork and posters that you can get signed and photographed… Learn More

Her Words: Black Women Panther Panel

While the imagery of uniformed militant Black men armed with panther power against the oppressor has always been synonymous with the name and legacy, it was the Black Panther Party’s women members who upheld and (in the 70s) made up the majority of the movement. Following a special screening of ‘Free Angela and All Political… Learn More

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Additional screening times added: Friday, Dec. 7: 2:00PM, 5:00PM Saturday, Dec 8: 1:00PM, 4:00PM The Murder of Fred Hampton began as a film portrait of Hampton and the Illinois Black Panther Party, but half way through the shoot, Hampton was murdered by Chicago policeman. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and politics, over a… Learn More

The Preacher’s Wife (PG)

In desperation, Rev. Biggs prays to God for help – and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley (played by Denzel Washington). This holiday family comedy classic features an ensemble cast including Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Loretta Devine and Justin Pierre Edmund. Come out and enjoy a warm holiday feature film… Learn More

American Revolution II

American Revolution II begins by documenting the explosive confrontations between the Chicago police and protestors during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The filmmakers then move from these clashes to a nuanced, compelling, and very timely examination of the unlikely relationship that was developing between the Black Power movement in Chicago and the Young Patriots—a group… Learn More

Night Catches Us (R)

Few Black Panther Party theatrical releases are written and directed by Black women. Night Catches Us (2010) is one of the few exceptions. Written and directed by Tanya Hamilton, Night Catches Us stars Kerry Washington as a widow of a slain Black Panther Party member and Anthony Mackie as a former Black Panther Party member… Learn More

Black [POWER] Friday!

Do you know the history of Black Friday? Do you want an alternative to celebrating the capitalistic holiday that gives to corporations that doesn’t give back to us? Arts Bank Cinema will be screening The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 (2011), John Singleton’s Higher Learning (1995), Spike Lee’s Malcolm X (1992) and other footage about the… Learn More

Wattstax (R)

The Watts Riots of 1965 were the City of Los Angeles most crucial unrest until the Rodney King riots of 1992. To commemorate the seventh anniversary of the riots held in 1965, a benefit concert that took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was held featuring artists like Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Emotion,… Learn More

Panther (R)

Directed by Mario Van Peebles (son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles) and based on the novel by his father, Panther is the first narrative feature film to depict the Black Panther Party. In Panther, Peebles illustrates the rise and fall of the 1960’s black radical movement through the lens of Vietnam vet Judge… Learn More

‘ICONIC: Black Panther’ Opening Reception

Following groundbreaking exhibitions at American Steel Studios in Oakland and Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles, SEPIA collective is thrilled to announce the third exhibition of ICONIC: Black Panther, at Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, IL, curated by Rootwork Gallery founder Tracie D. Hall. In recognition of one of the most influential political movements… Learn More

ICONIC Black Panther

Following groundbreaking exhibitions at American Steel Studios in Oakland and Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Los Angeles, SEPIA Collective is thrilled to announce the third exhibition of ICONIC: Black Panther, at Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, IL. In recognition of one of the most influential political movements in the past century, this exhibition will be…

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AfroRhythmic

Come to the Stony Island Arts Bank and enjoy a vibrant afrobeat set exploring the sounds of the legendary, Fela Kuti by DJ Duane Powell. Grab drinks at the bar and groove to the beats. RSVP recommended!!!

A Celebration: The Ebony Fashion Fair

Join us for a celebration of Ebony Fashion Fair at the Stony Island Arts Bank on Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m. We’ll exhibit gowns and posters from the annual fashion event launched in 1958 by Eunice Johnson, co-founder of Johnson Publishing Company, and demo the iconic cosmetics line that the show inspired.  Following the… Learn More

Discussion with Anne Galand Mahler and Stan West

In From the Tricontinental to the Global South Anne Garland Mahler traces the history and intellectual legacy of the understudied global justice movement called the Tricontinental—an alliance of liberation struggles from eighty-two countries, founded in Havana in 1966. Focusing on racial violence and inequality, the Tricontinental’s critique of global capitalist exploitation has influenced historical radical… Learn More

Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation (w/ Performance by Bata ECA)

A Tricontinental ‘66 And Other Acts of Liberation is a multi-disciplinary instigation produced by HotHouse with the support of the Rebuild Foundation, Chicago Filmmakers and CASA O.S.P.A.A.A.L. (Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina). The program and exhibition create a provocation examining acts of liberation from imperialism/s and colonialism/s through… Learn More

Iré Elese Abure

Iré Elese Abure is a performance ensemble steeped in the dance, song, and drumming traditions of Afro-Cuban folklore. The name, Iré Elese Abure, comes from the Yoruba culture that took root throughout the Americas, meaning “goodness from the hands of our brothers and sisters” (FREE ADMISSION). Through stage performance, the group strives to share various… Learn More

Ayana Contreras: Sounds of the Tricontinental

Ayana Contreras is a producer with WBEZ’s Sound Opinions. She is an avid collector of vintage vinyl records, and shares her knowledge as host of Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo. Ayana periodically joins WBEZ’s Morning Shift, as well. Previously, Ayana was Executive Producer of The Barber Shop Show hosted by Richard Steele, which was broadcast from… Learn More

Ernest Dawkins AACM Great Black Music Ensemble

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins and his band presents a special multi-continental performance featuring a special Cuban musical guest. 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… Learn More

Battle of Algiers (NR)

One of the most influential political films in history, The Battle of Algiers, by Gillo Pontecorvo, vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers… Learn More

Pan-African Festival of Algiers (NR)

This little known masterpiece of a documentary by the photographer, painter and graphic artist William Klein plunges us into the very heart of the 1st Pan-African Cultural Festival held in Algeria in 1969. This historic festival brought a global spotlight on African culture and arts, celebrating the liberation of African nations from colonial rule and… Learn More

Mama Africa (NR)

Mika Kaurismäki’s documentary about world-famous South African singer Miriam Makeba, who spent half a century traveling the world spreading her political message to fight racism, poverty and promote justice and peace, is a tribute to a woman who embodied the hopes and the voice of Africa. (This film is apart of the TRICONTINENTAL ’66 and OTHER… Learn More

Sambizanga (NR)

Filmed in the Angola of 1961, Sambizanga is Sarah Maldoror’s first film, co-written by her husband, a leader in the Angolan resistance. The story focuses of a happy young African couple; one day the husband is arrested for political reasons and interrogated in the dreaded Luanda prison (with Introductory remarks by Arif Smith). Arif Smith… 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

Tricontinental ’66 and Other Acts of Liberation

Tricontinental ‘66 And Other Acts of Liberation is a multi-disciplinary instigation produced by HotHouse with the support of the Rebuild Foundation, Chicago Filmmakers and CASA O.S.P.A.A.A.L. (Organización de Solidaridad con los Pueblos de Asia, África y América Latina). The intent of this project is to create a provocation examining acts of liberation from imperialism/s and colonialism/s…

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Celebrating Southside Stories

Join this celebration of the historic and ongoing role that art and design played in growing communities and strengthening neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side. The Arts Bank will feature a day of performances and participatory programming exploring the legacy of Johnson Publishing Company and the effect its perspective of the black experience had on our… Learn More

Arts Bank Cinema Presents: ABC Mixtape: Vol. 1

For the sixth installment of Mixtape, Arts Bank Cinema will be broadcasting select shorts inspired by John H. Johnson and Johnson Publishing Co., including The Secret of Selling the Negro Market (1954), David Hartt’s Stray Light (2013) and much more treasurable footage. When John H. Johnson opened the doors to the Johnson Publishing Co. headquarters… Learn More

Arts Bank Cinema: Mahogany (PG)

Few Celebrities have covered JPC’s Ebony Magazine and Jet Magazine as frequently and fashionably as the iconic, Diana Ross. For this installment of Arts Bank Cinema, we will be screening, Mahogany. In this 1975 romantic drama, Diana Ross plays Tracy Chambers, a struggling fashion design student that enters a new world of fashion. Following the… Learn More

Arts Bank Cinema: Crooklyn (PG-13)

In the 1970s, there were not many Black cinematic works that authentically illustrated the lives of Black women (aside from Ossie Davis’ Black Girl (1972) and the contentious Claudine (1974). Two decades later, Spike Lee revealed the semi-autobiographical CROOKLYN, a vibrant portrait of a school teacher, her stubborn jazz musician husband and their five kids… Learn More

Arts Bank Cinema: Ganja & Hess (R)

Written and directed by Bill Gunn, the cult classic, Ganja & Hess is a legendary meditation on Blackness, addiction, and cultural extinction, told through the genre of experimental horror. Ganja & Hess speaks to the Blaxploitation era of the early 1970s without falling into all of the conventional traps. The film trails the life of anthropologist… Learn More

Blackness and the Media, Past to Present

Join artists Martine Syms, Devin Mays and special guests for an evening of conversation and multimedia performance interrogating and celebrating depictions of Black identity in advertising from the founding of Johnson Publishing Company to the present day. Drinks will be served in our fabulous Johnson Lounge. This is a free event.    

Madd Crates: Bring Your Own Vinyl

In celebration of the closing of A Johnson Publishing Story, we are inviting people to come out to the Johnson Lounge and bring their own records to spin – 70s soul, R&B and obscure jams of the era are encouraged. This is a free event. A RSVP is not required!

A Johnson Publishing Story: the Expansion

As part of Art Design Chicago, a year-long celebration of Chicago’s art and design history spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Rebuild Foundation presents A Johnson Publishing Story, organized by artist Theaster Gates and on view at the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 South Stony Island Avenue) June 28 – September 30, 2018…. 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 (www.nancymwong.com). 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

Jet Teen Article Club

The Arts Bank presents its first ever teen article club! Middle School and high school aged youth join us for an in-depth discussion and activities surrounding the historic Jet magazine. On August 26, the discussion will be centered on the July 23, 2001 edition. All articles are accessible on Google Books, we encourage attendees to… Learn More

Jet Teen Article Club

The Arts Bank presents its first ever teen article club! Middle School and high school aged youth join us for an in-depth discussion and activities surrounding the historic Jet magazine. On August 12, the discussion will be centered on the first Jet magazine, published on Nov. 1, 1951. All articles are accessible on Google Books,… Learn More

The Great Black Music Ensemble led by Ernest Dawkins

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins and his band presents a special performance in partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, featuring guest jazz guitarist George Freemen. 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… Learn More

D-Composed Family Edition

The intimate chamber music experience D-Composed presents the first ever D-Composed Family Edition. At this intimate concert experience, attendees will hear specially hand-picked arrangements suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Each song is bite-sized and lasts no more than 5 minutes. And of course, each work pays homage to black composers. Following the show,… 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 (www.nancymwong.com). 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, please email us… Learn More

The Great Black Music Ensemble led by Ernest Dawkins

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Ernest Dawkins and his band presents a special performance in partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, featuring guest jazz guitarist George Freemen. 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… Learn More

The Artisan Entrepreneur

DEADLINE TO APPLY: JUNE 3 at 6PM. How does an artist build a profitable practice while maintaining creative capacity? The Artisan Entrepreneur is a free ten-week workshop for Chicago South Side and surrounding area entrepreneurs working in the in the arts, crafts, and creative fields. In collaboration with the Urban Business School and JPMorgan Chase… Learn More

A Johnson Publishing Story: Opening

Founded in 1942 by publisher and art collector John H. Johnson, the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) rose to prominence due to the widespread popularity of its magazines, including Ebony and Jet. Through books, periodicals, ephemera, paintings, sculptures, and custom-designed office furnishings from the JPC archives and collections held by the Rebuild Foundation, this exhibition explores the enduring role… 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 (www.nancymwong.com). 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, please email us… Learn More

A Johnson Publishing Story

As part of Art Design Chicago, a year-long celebration of Chicago’s art and design history spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Rebuild Foundation presents A Johnson Publishing Story, organized by artist Theaster Gates and on view at the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 South Stony Island Avenue) June 28 – September 30, 2018. Founded in Chicago…

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Out of Easy Reach

Out of Easy Reach is a cross-institutional exhibition hosted by DePaul Art Museum, Gallery 400 at UIC, and the Rebuild Foundation, guest curated by Allison Glenn, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Countering conventional accounts of art history that have often overlooked the artistic contributions of women of color, Out of…

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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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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.

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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.