Stony Island Arts Bank: Reclaiming community and black history, through the arts

“We learned the building has the potential to be uninviting for folk who live locally. So last summer, we opened up the yard. We started having movies on the yard, barbecues, food trucks. All of a sudden, the yard became like its own little park. Having two or three years to just watch the building unfold has been really awesome.” Artist, urban planner and Greater Grand crossing resident Theaster Gates on the evolution of Stony Island Arts Bank in a Chicago Sun Times story on Chicago’s civic commons efforts.