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.



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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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

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Last week, we visited the studio of Victoria Martinez- an interdisciplinary artist that makes mixed media ephemeral (meaning not long-lasting) collages and oh! what a lasting impression she made!   Our studio visit group this month included Ken Stewart, CEO of Rebuild Foundation, Victor Ivy, a Greater Grand Crossing graphic artist and community member and me-… Learn More

Rebuild Foundation Community Cataloguing Workship

Since July 1st, Rebuild Foundation staff and neighborhood volunteers have been meeting every Wednesday and Saturday at Black Cinema House from 10am to noon, to catalogue the Johnson Publishing Company library. During this workshop series, there have been diverse activities for those who have come join and help with the organization of the books. Volunteers… Learn More