Stony Island Arts Bank

The Stony Island Arts Bank is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library and community center – and a home for Rebuild’s archives and collections. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell and built in 1923, the bank at 68th Street and Stony Island Avenue was once a vibrant community savings and loan. By the eighties, the branch had closed and the building remained vacant and deteriorating for decades. Reopened in October 2015, the radically restored building serves as a space for neighborhood residents to preserve, access, reimagine and share their heritage – and a destination for artists, scholars, curators, and collectors to research and engage with South Side history.

Public orientations, required to handle special collections, are currently on hold while the collections are being rearranged.

The Arts Bank collections include:

Johnson Publishing Archive + Collections: books and periodicals donated by the Johnson Publishing Company, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazine

University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slides: over 60,000 slides of art and architectural history from the Paleolithic to Modern eras

Edward J. Williams Collection: 4,000 objects of “negrobilia” – mass cultural objects and artifacts that feature stereotypical images of black people

Frankie Knuckles Records: “Godfather of House Music,” Frankie Knuckles’ vinyl collection

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Exhibitions

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A Johnson Publishing Story

As part of Art Design Chicago, a year-long celebration of Chicago’s art and design history spearheaded by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Rebuild Foundation presents A Johnson Publishing Story, organized by artist Theaster Gates and on view at the Stony Island Arts Bank (6760 South Stony Island Avenue) June 28 – September 30, 2018. Founded in Chicago…

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Residencies

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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

Recent Blog Posts

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Introducing: Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors Program

The Rebuild Foundation is piloting its first ever Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors Program, a program designed to cultivate a cohort of six disciplined, ambitious high school poets for a six-month ambassadorship from January-June 2018. Using the Stony Island Arts Bank as their home base, the Southside Teen Poet Ambassadors will write and critique extensively within… Learn More

Victoria Martinez: A Glorious Studio Visit in Little Village

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