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.

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.

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 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

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.

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

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.

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 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

Derrick Adams, Future People

Future People, a solo exhibition by Derrick Adams, is a multifaceted experience combining large scale two dimensional works on paper mimicking spaceship windows with galactic scenes, a video projection animating the objects included in the collages, sculpture installation referencing a space station control center, with an added live DJ set component featured opening night and…

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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

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 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

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.

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

House in the Afternoon

Lounge at the Stony Island Arts Bank and enjoy hand crafted tea from Currency Exchange Cafe, self guided watercolor and drawing workshops, a taste of our Black Cinema House collection and the sound of Chicago-style House Music emanating from the Frankie Knuckles Shrine created by artist and Founder of Rebuild Foundation, Theaster Gates as we…

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Maggie Brown

Maggie Brown embarks on creating a stage piece that would “edutain” the audience with music and dramatic reflection on the history & evolution of African American music. The show is called “LEGACY: Our Wealth of Music.” It is the vehicle of song, narration and a demonstration of love for a wide range of music styles.  Having… 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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Material Gestures

Material Gestures is an exhibition of multimedia assemblage works by Sheree Hovsepian, macramé from the private collection of Lovie May Coats, slides from the University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slide Collection, and texts and periodicals from the Johnson Publishing Archive + Collections that trace the origin and movement of macramé from Egypt to Iran and the Southern Caucasus….

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 : 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.  

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

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.

Pre-Kwanzaa Community Celebration

An evening of family-oriented activities in celebration of the African values and traditions animating African American life. Join us for a festive night of music, poetry, dance, films and a potluck meal in observance of the Nguzo Saba — the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. All are encouraged but not required to dress in African-inspired attire… 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

Pictures with Santa

Note Location: Currency Exchange Cafe 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60637 Join us in welcoming a special visitor to the Arts Block on December 18. Bring your wish list and your biggest smiles. Complimentary hot chocolate for the little ones.  Photos will be available to purchase. Food and drink specials all day. http://www.currencyexchangecafe.com/events/2016/12/18/pictures-with-santa

The QiQi-Underground Tea Party

The QiQi is a site specific tea party that merges musical performance, experimental monologues, and mixed media installation with holistic health for an intimate and interactive experience at a dinner table. While enjoying a curated flight of hand selected medicinal tea blends, the audience selects from the menu which acts will be performed each night… 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

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

The Writers Workshop, curated by Rebuild volunteer Jo McEntee, will explore the process from book idea to published manuscript. Whether you’re writing poetry, fiction, non-fiction or something in between (faction maybe?), the major themes of writing, editing, marketing, advertising and publishing will apply. Join us on Fridays, 3-6 pm to jumpstart or boost your writing. We’ll have time set aside to read and critique one another’s work, as well…. 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

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

It’s Music Night! Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back. This month will be the end of Mikel Patrick Averys’ year long Residency with us, join us as he reconstructs project PLAY. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational… Learn More

Work on the Sabbath

Experience the soulful music of artist Harold Green lll, Guitarist Larry Brown Jr., and Mr. Jay Too, as we explore topics of life over food. Curated by Agyeman, Work on the Sabbath creates a platform for artists and neighbors to come together, break bread, and build community. Harold Green III Spoken Word Artist, Lyricist, Motivational… Learn More

THE BRIDGE #7: FORT VERT

Since 2013 The Bridge has been a vibrant cultural exchange project that has seen avant garde jazz improvisors from France and Chicago collaborate, explore, and discover on both sides of the Atlantic. Khari B. (spoken word) Magic Malik (flute, voc) Guillaume Orti (saxes) Jeb Bishop (trombone) Fred BBriet (b) + Doug Fogelson(projections) Mission Statement Jazz… 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

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

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Rebuild’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, perform back-to-back.   Avery, a jazz drummer, is recognized for his orchestral and melodic style, often incorporating the use of ‘non-musical’ objects into improvisational performances.   Coultrain, a poet; singer, songwriter; and multi-instrumentalist, is known for bringing deep, dark, love through his somber but intriguing soulful music.

Glenn Ligon, A Small Band

The work, which is comprised of the three words, “blues, bruise, and blood”, written in lowercase in Ligon’s signature neons, is inspired by the testimony of Daniel Hamm. Hamm was part of the “Harlem Six,” a group of young black men wrongly accused and convicted of murder in the mid-1960s. Following his release from prison,…

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Dorchester Industries

Dorchester Industries has grown out of Rebuild’s workforce development programs. These programs connect contractors, master craftsmen and artists with residents of Chicago’s South Side to provide training in the building trades and creative industries. Trainees get hands-on construction experience as part of the team that reimagines and renovates vacant properties across Chicago. By building a cohort…

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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

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

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

Reading the Black Library: The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry

Ned and Constance Sublette read from and discuss The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry (Chicago Review Press) Winner of the American Book Award “The Sublettes offer an economic history and theory of slavery that is blunt in its assessment, unassailable in its argument and accessible to a general reader.” —The Guardian… Learn More

Future of St. Laurence

Join us for an informative meeting on future plans for the St. Laurence Elementary school building and find out how to get involved in ongoing building improvement efforts on the site. Staff from Rebuild Foundation and Place Lab will be on hand to discuss the vision for reactivating St. Laurence as new community arts space… Learn More

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Work on the Sabbath: Choir Rehearsal

Witness “Choir Rehearsal”, an interactive performance installation that transforms space through sound, song & community with poet, activist and composer, Avery R. Young. Along with other members of Chicago’s soul music community, Young will record sound bites and arrangements for an upcoming collection of sound design that merges soul and funk with gospel and poetry…. Learn More

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is an installation comprised of a touring, portable, inflatable ‘Truth Booth’ that was launched in 2011 at the Galway Arts Festival (IRL). The exterior is iconically shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble with the word ‘TRUTH’ boldly printed on the side. The interior acts much like… Learn More

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)

In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth) is an installation comprised of a touring, portable, inflatable ‘Truth Booth’ that was launched in 2011 at the Galway Arts Festival (IRL). The exterior is iconically shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble with the word ‘TRUTH’ boldly printed on the side. The interior acts much like…

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Alexandria Eregbu

Alexandria Eregbu is exploring narrative and collage-making processes by creating an audio mixtape featuring conversations with a variety of guests, inspired by curated “talking pieces”, objects from the Arts Bank archives and collections along with the artist’s personal collection. The project will also include Alexandria’s sister, artist Erin Eregbu, as singer and composer.

Shani Crowe

Inspired by James Barnor, Arts Bank fellow Shani Crowe is capturing black beauty through media. Shani will use images of blackness from recycled beauty products, saving them from literal discard,  Pan African iconography and imagery from the Arts Bank collections to create her own flag. This flag will double as a backdrop in a two- part… Learn More

Amina Ross

Interested in the ways in which the concept of beauty functions within James Barnor’s work, Amina Ross is using the Arts Bank’s Johnson Publishing Company library and reflections on the theme of beauty, collected from Rebuild’s guests and community, to be featured as text-bearing garments. Additionally, Amina will be leading a two part workshop series,… Learn More

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Red, Black and Zine

Join Rebuild artist-in-residence Shani Crowe in a two part workshop. This month, have your portrait taken in front of Shani’s art work. Return in September to join her in curating the photographs for a zine-making workshop while asking yourselves, “Have you done Black things today?” Your image and responses will be published alongside the portraits… Learn More

Red, Black and Zine

Join Rebuild artist-in-residence Shani Crowe in a two part workshop. This month, have your portrait taken in front of Shani’s art work. Return in September to join her in curating the photographs for a zine-making workshop while asking yourselves, “Have you done Black things today?” Your image and responses will be published alongside the portraits… Learn More

Red, Black and Zine

Join Rebuild artist-in-residence Shani Crowe in a two part workshop. This month, have your portrait taken in front of Shani’s art work. Return in September to join her in curating the photographs for a zine-making workshop while asking yourselves, “Have you done Black things today?” Your image and responses will be published alongside the portraits… Learn More

Red, Black and Zine

Join Rebuild artist-in-residence Shani Crowe in a two part workshop. This month, have your portrait taken in front of Shani’s art work. Return in September to join her in curating the photographs for a zine-making workshop while asking yourselves, “Have you done Black things today?” Your image and responses will be published alongside the portraits… Learn More

Reading the Black Library: Oba William King

For this series, invited artists, musicians, students and community members, are encouraged to read from our Johnson Publishing Library and explore connections with their own life and work. Followed by informal discussion. This week listen to original stories by Oba William King, also known as ‘The Poetic Storyteller.’ Oba is also the founder of JUSTUSarts… Learn More

Reading the Black Library

For this series, invited artists, musicians, students and community members, are encouraged to read from our Johnson Publishing Library and explore connections with their own life and work. Followed by informal discussion. Amie LH Soudien is an arts journalist and artist from Cape Town, South Africa. Soudien completed her BAFA at Michaelis School of Fine… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild Foundation’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, performing back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience. Coultrain… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild Foundation’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, performing back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience. Coultrain… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild Foundation’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, performing back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience. Coultrain… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain, featuring a special screening of Below the Water

Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild Foundation’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, performing back-to-back. This week, Coultrain screens his most recently completed short film, Below the Water.   Avery, a percussionist and composer, is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings… Learn More

House Tea Ceremony

Relax and unwind with home-brewed tea and music with House Tea Ceremony at the Stony Island Arts Bank. This Ceremony will include African teas from The Whole Hearted. And, as always, featured audio selections from the Frankie Knuckles Vinyl Collection catalogue.

House Tea Ceremony

Relax and unwind with home-brewed tea and music with House Tea Ceremony at the Stony Island Arts Bank. This Ceremony will include African teas from The Whole Hearted. And, as always, featured audio selections from the Frankie Knuckles Vinyl Collection catalogue.

House Tea Ceremony

Relax and unwind with home-brewed tea and music with House Tea Ceremony at the Stony Island Arts Bank. This Ceremony will include African teas from The Whole Hearted. And, as always, featured audio selections from the Frankie Knuckles Vinyl Collection catalogue.

House Tea Ceremony

Relax and unwind with home-brewed tea and music with House Tea Ceremony at the Stony Island Arts Bank. This Ceremony will include African teas from The Whole Hearted. And, as always, featured audio selections from the Frankie Knuckles Vinyl Collection catalogue.

Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison: The Art of Illumination

In partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, celebrating the special exhibition, Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem // May 21 – August 28. Department of photography Assistant Curator, Michal Raz­Russo, and Kate Hadley Toftness, Rebuild Foundation’s Collections and Public Engagement Manager lead a group conversation and unfurling of memorabilia using the… Learn More

Beauty Breaks

Join artist-in-residence Amina Ross in a skill- and- story sharing workshop series focused on black beauty and wellness. Demos will be taught by skilled beauty artists of hair styling, nail design, cosmetics, fragrance and clothing. All ages and open to the public

Beauty Breaks

Join artist-in-residence Amina Ross in a skill- and- story sharing workshop series focused on black beauty and wellness. Demos will be taught by skilled beauty artists of hair styling, nail design, cosmetics, fragrance and clothing. All ages and open to the public

Beauty Breaks

Join artist-in-residence Amina Ross in a skill- and- story sharing workshop series focused on black beauty and wellness. Demos will be taught by skilled beauty artists of hair styling, nail design, cosmetics, fragrance and clothing. All ages and open to the public

2016 Black Metropolis Research Consortium: Summer Short-Term Fellows Final Presentations

“DuSable City” and “The Sounds of Chicago, Black Metropolis” An evening of discussion and original research by two scholars who are part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) 2016 Short-Term Fellowship Program, Ayinde Jean-Baptiste and Rami Gabriel. Through an international competition, the BMRC offers 1-month residential fellowships in the City of Chicago for its… Learn More

Coultrain

Coultrain is a 2016 artist-in-residence with Rebuild, splitting his time between the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, where he teaches a bi-weekly art workshop, and the Stony Island Arts Bank, where he performs every Thursday night at 7:30.

Mikel Patrick Avery

Mikel is a musician-in-residence with Rebuild for 2016, performing every Thursday at 6pm at the Stony Island Arts Bank and every Wednesday evening at 6pm at BING Art Books.

Arthur Wright

For three months artists Kenrick McFarlane, Arthur Wright, and David Anthony Geary participated in Rebuild’s One Canvas fellowship – a project that invited three artists to work both independently and collaboratively in a shared public studio space at the Stony Island Arts Bank. Occasioned by Rebuild’s Noah Davis, 1975 Paintings exhibition, the fellows selected photographs from a… Learn More

Kenrick McFarlane

For three months artists Kenrick McFarlane, Arthur Wright, and David Anthony Geary participated in Rebuild’s One Canvas fellowship – a project that invited three artists to work both independently and collaboratively in a shared public studio space at the Stony Island Arts Bank. Occasioned by Rebuild’s Noah Davis, 1975 Paintings exhibition, the fellows selected photographs from a… Learn More

David Anthony Geary

For three months artists Kenrick McFarlane, Arthur Wright, and David Anthony Geary participated in Rebuild’s One Canvas fellowship – a project that invited three artists to work both independently and collaboratively in a shared public studio space at the Stony Island Arts Bank. Occasioned by Rebuild’s Noah Davis, 1975 Paintings exhibition, the fellows selected photographs from a… Learn More

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Stony Island Arts Bank Tour

Tour the Arts Bank and learn more about our current exhibitions, collections, and highlights of the building renovation. Bring your questions about Rebuild’s work. Frankie Knuckles fans, Ebony and Jet readers, architecture buffs – all are welcome for this behind-the-scenes experience.

Rebuild Foundation Walking Tour

Rebuild’s summer walking tour returns for July. Learn more about our history in the neighborhood and connect-the-dots between our multiple program sites. Itinerary includes the Archive House, community garden, Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative and concludes at the Stony Island Arts Bank. Distance approximately 1.5 miles. Please note that many of our spaces are housed… Learn More

Reading the Black Library: South Side Storytelling

The Johnson Publishing Library showcases some of the best storytelling to come out of the South Side of Chicago. Today, artists, writers, and thinkers from the South Side are upholding that tradition, using their platforms to share their experiences with audiences nationwide. Hear a conversation with poet Nate Marshall, author of Wild Hundreds, artist and… Learn More

Reading the Black Library: Nate Marshall

For this series, invited artists, musicians, students and community members, are encouraged to read from our collections and explore connections with their own life and work. July features readings by poets in the lead up to the first annual Chicago Poetry Block Party, which is hosted by the Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. Followed by… Learn More

Reading the Black Library: Keith Wilson

For this series, invited artists, musicians, students and community members, are encouraged to read from our collections and explore connections with their own life and work. July features readings by poets in the lead up to the first annual Chicago Poetry Block Party, which is hosted by the Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. Followed by… Learn More

Reading the Black Library: Eve Ewing

For this series, invited artists, musicians, students and community members, are encouraged to read from our Johnson Publishing Library and explore connections with their own life and work. July features readings by poets in the lead up to the first annual Chicago Poetry Block Party, which is hosted by the Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary…. Learn More

Other People’s Business: South Side Home Movies

The South Side Home Movie Project presents a rotating selection of home movies from our collection projected on real celluloid! This new monthly series showcases precious historical footage of everyday life pulled from basements, attics and garages across the South Side. All films are family friendly and we encourage audience participation!

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild Foundation’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, performing back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience. Coultrain… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild Foundation’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, performing back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience. Coultrain… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild Foundation’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, performing back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience. Coultrain… Learn More

Mikel Patrick Avery + Coultrain

Join us every Thursday for an evening with Rebuild Foundation’s musicians-in-residence, Mikel Patrick Avery and Coultrain, performing back-to-back. Avery, a percussionist and composer, is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic performance style that involves the use of “non-musical” objects. Avery brings his creative practice into the environment, sharing his process with the audience. Coultrain… Learn More

House Tea Ceremony

Relax and unwind with home-brewed tea and music with House Tea Ceremony at the Stony Island Arts Bank. This Ceremony will include African teas from The Whole Hearted. And, as always, featured audio selections from the Frankie Knuckles Vinyl Collection catalogue.

House Tea Ceremony

Relax and unwind with home-brewed tea and music with House Tea Ceremony at the Stony Island Arts Bank. This Ceremony will include African teas from The Whole Hearted. And, as always, featured audio selections from the Frankie Knuckles Vinyl Collection catalogue.

House Tea Ceremony

Relax and unwind with home-brewed tea and music with House Tea Ceremony at the Stony Island Arts Bank. This Ceremony will include African teas from The Whole Hearted. And, as always, featured audio selections from the Frankie Knuckles Vinyl Collection catalogue.

House Tea Ceremony

Relax and unwind with home-brewed tea and music with House Tea Ceremony at the Stony Island Arts Bank. This Ceremony will include African teas from The Whole Hearted. And, as always, featured audio selections from the Frankie Knuckles Vinyl Collection catalogue.

Disco: Music, Culture, and Community

The 13th Annual Silver Room Sound System Block Party: Opening Reception Event In honor of Frankie Knuckles. We take a look into the world of “Disco” and the underground music scene through the lens of author Bill Berstein and his book “Disco.” Panel discussion and Q&A with Chicago’s and NYC’s luminaries of the era. Organized… Learn More