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.



Toward Common Cause at the Stony Island Arts Bank

The Stony Island Arts Bank will be reopening after being closed to the public for over a year with a group show as part of the multi-site initiative Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40. The exhibition will be a multifaceted exploration of four areas of inquiry: the natural environment,…

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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 spins Frankie Knuckles tunes, because for brief periods on certain Sundays, he recreates that magical warehouse vibe on the… Learn More

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Community Offerings

These are unprecedented times, and our community of neighbors, friends, artists, and creatives are all impacted. The temporary closure of Rebuild Foundation’s sites is devastating for us, as we know they are spaces of creative expression, spiritual refuge, joy, and solace for so many. It is with this in mind that we dedicate this virtual… Learn More

Announcing Rebuild’s 2020 Youth Literary Fellowship

Applications due Sunday, May 10th at 6:00PM CST The Reading the Black Library Youth Fellowship is a youth-centered writing residency activating the historic Johnson Publishing and Ed J Williams artifacts in the Stony Island Arts Bank’s collections. Four Chicago poets between the ages of 16-24 years will be selected for a summer fellowship. Under the mentorship and guidance… Learn More

5 things getting me through this Corona lock-down

((( in my Nina Simone voice}}} You can’t help it. An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times … Steam Treatments.  And I do them old school too.  Pot of water on stove.  Add orange peel.  Add sea salt.  Add ginger and onion, if I choose (this morning I added… Learn More

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.