Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative

The Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) is a rehabilitated public housing project, a block of 32 townhomes that provides housing for artists and community members with the intent of fostering dialogue and collaboration between both groups. The DA+HC is mixed income housing and features an even distribution of artist, public, affordable rate, and market rate housing. Originally conceived in 2011, the project was spearheaded by the Rebuild Foundation in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority, Brinshore Development, and Landon Bone Baker Architects. In addition to housing units, the project features a new arts center complete with a spring-loaded dance studio as well as a public meeting space and community garden. DA+HC functions as a hub for programs like Coffee, Tea, and Chat, a gathering of neighborhood residents who convene weekly to discuss ways to improve the Greater Grand Crossing area.

The Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative is ADA accessible.

2019 DA+HC Class Schedule

All classes are free and open to the public, no RSVP required. Sign up to our weekly newsletter for the latest news and updates. 

Weekly Classes:

Soul Healing Yoga
Sundays 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Stretch and get centered in these reinvigorating sessions of yoga and mindfulness with Stacy Patrice. All skill levels welcome!

African Dance
Sundays, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Live drummers keep the beat at this free dance workshop for all ages. Come explore Black history with your body’s movement and rhythm.

Adult Ballet
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for this special ballet class led by renowned choreographer Joel Hall. Wear your own ballet or jazz shoes, or borrow a pair of ours.

Coffee, Tea & Chat
Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This informal community gathering is a great way to meet others invested in the revitalization of Greater Grand Crossing.

Visual Arts Open Studio
Fridays, 10:00 Am – 2:00 pm

Neighborhood artists of all abilities are encouraged to bring art to work on, share, and discuss in a creative and diverse setting.

singing lessons
Saturdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Improve your singing voice in a fun, low stakes group environment with Hyde Park School of Music!

Bi-Weekly Classes:

Southside Meditation Class
1st & 3rd Mondays | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Meditation practice includes 30 minutes of silent meditation, a dharma talk, a mindfulness activity and a discussion. Instructions are provided.

Percussion Lessons & Drum Circle
2nd & 4th Mondays | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Learn the art of percussion in this open class led by Hyde Park School of Music. Bring your own drum, cymbals, or other beat-keeping instrument, or borrow one.

Monthly Classes:

South Side Family Dance Workshop
First Fridays, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This expressive dance workshop, taught by the South Chicago Dance Theatre, is inclusive of all ages and abilities. Each session will be spent exploring movement and expression, including West African dance, contemporary practices, Jazz, Ballet for Everyday, and conditioning.

Hours & Location

Exhibitions

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DATELINE: Bronzeville

In the first half of the 20th century, Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood was known as the Black Metropolis, alive with vibrant Black culture and business that flourished during the Great Migration. Highlighting this historical moment, multimedia artist Philip Mallory Jones has developed a first person mystery video game, “DATELINE: Bronzeville,” set in 1940 based on oral…

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Residencies

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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