The Ash Project

Developed in response to the City of Chicago’s need to find sustainable uses for trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer beetle, The Ash Project mills felled trees into lumber, using locally sourced wood to create high quality hand-crafted products.

The project is the pilot of a workforce development training program that focuses on the creative industries and leverages the potential of art and design to create jobs and promote ethical redevelopment on the South Side. Residents of the Greater Grand Crossing, Woodlawn, and Washington Park neighborhoods have been hired to train with master carpenters and learn the basics of woodwork. The tabletops displayed here are the product of the first three months of the program and will be used as the centerpiece of Rebuild Foundation’s second annual gala.
As the Ash Project program grows it will move to a purpose-built mill, housed in a newly renovated former electric substation at 6913 S. Kenwood Avenue.

The Ash Project is a partnership of the City of Chicago, University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life, Rebuild Foundation and The Space Fund, made possible by the Ford Foundation and an anonymous donor.

Tabletops were designed and produced by Dave Correia, Tadd Cowen, Joseph Harris, Courtney Henderson, Michael Holliman, Daniel L. Newbill, Benjamin Sahagun, Ramyar Vala, and Khris Williams.

Exhibitions

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Out of Easy Reach

Out of Easy Reach is a cross-institutional exhibition hosted by DePaul Art Museum, Gallery 400 at UIC, and the Rebuild Foundation, guest curated by Allison Glenn, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Countering conventional accounts of art history that have often overlooked the artistic contributions of women of color, Out of…

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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