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 of local skilled labor, our training program will increase the share of of Rebuild’s capital investment that stays local, amplifying the impact of our work.

Trainees also work in the studio with artists and artisans. The objects produced through the collaborative creative process are sold under the brand Dorchester Industries, with all proceeds supporting Rebuild’s work to promote culture-based, artist-led, neighborhood-driven community revitalization.

Pilot workforce development programs have focused on masonry, millwork, carpentry, and pottery – crafts and trades that are also a hallmark of founder Theaster Gates’ studio practice. For more on Rebuild’s mill and carpentry work, see The Ash Project.

Exhibitions

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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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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

Recent Blog Posts

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Announcing Writing through the Unthinkable: an 826CHI Writing Workshop Series

We are pleased to announce our new programming partner 826CHI, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. In partnership with Rebuild, 826CHI is hosting writing workshops for young people ages 14-24 at the Stony Island Arts… 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