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Stony Island Arts Bank


6760 S. Stony Island Ave.
Enter via north door from garden


South Shore


Sat, Oct 19: 12pm - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: 12pm - 5pm

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Refreshments Available Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


William Gibbons Uffendell, 1923


Theaster Gates, 2015


The Stony Island Arts Bank is a hybrid gallery, media archive, library and community center – and a home for Rebuild Foundation’s archives and collections. Designed by William Gibbons Uffendell and built in 1923, the bank at 68th and Stony Island was once a vibrant community savings and loan. By the eighties, it 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.

Visitor Experience

Explore a multitude of intriguing and thought-provoking collections at this distinctive South Side cultural landmark.


Black Samurai: South Side Warriors

Black Samurai honors the legacy of Tornado School of Martial Arts, which was located next door to the Stony Island Arts Bank in the 1980s.

Sun, Oct 20: 2pm-4pm

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Black Samurai honors the legacy of Tornado School of Martial Arts. Tornado served as a Midwestern satellite school for African Americans across the country. It was founded by Gregory Jaco in 1981. Sensei Jaco provided martial arts training to over 2000 Chicago youth until 2004. This program will begin with a screening of South Side Warriors, followed by a discussion with Tornado students, moderated by Ayesha Jaco.

About South Side Warriors: South Side Warriors is the first documentary to examine the vibrant martial arts scene on Chicago’s South Side. Focusing on two different schools with long histories, the film chronicles how the Asian martial arts have been adopted and adapted by African Americans. More than athletics, on the South Side, martial arts becomes a source of mentorship and self care.

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Soundrotation Presents AfroRhythmic: A Felabration

DJ Set and African Dance Party

Sun, Oct 20: 5pm-9pm

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Soundrotation and Rebuild Foundation present a special edition of Sunday Service.

In observation of what would have been the 81st birthday of Nigerian music pioneer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, join resident DJ Duane Powell as he curates a musical journey centered around the drum and African rhythms. Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazil, AfroHouse, Gqom, Broken beat etc as well as classics from Fela Kuti's vast catalog.

Also, we'll be treated to a special performance from Ayodele Drum & Dance

Bringing your drums, tambourines, shekeres, percussive instruments and dancing spirit is suggested and highly recommended. Cocktails, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages will be for sale.

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