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.

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

Our collections are in various states of accessibility. Please direct all inquiries and research requests to info@rebuild-foundation.org. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with collections management and programs at the Arts Bank. Apply here.

Information for your visit:

Stony Island Arts Bank public hours are Friday – Sunday, 12PM – 6PM, public tours take place at 12:15pm.

Access to the Johnson Library is only guaranteed during public tours. Photo shoots in the Johnson Library during public hours are not permitted. You can learn more about our photography policies and book a private shoot here.

Public programs take place at the Bank and other sites regularly. View our full calendar here

Upcoming Events

6760 S. Stony Island Ave
Chicago, IL 60649 United States
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Hours & Location

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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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.

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