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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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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Residencies

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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