FRDM HALL is a series of pop-up events that are designed to aggregate creative activity in Washtenaw County. Residents and visitors will be encouraged to recognize existing talent, beauty, materials, and communities of color through active participation.
We will accomplish this by:
- Activating underutilized spaces in Washtenaw County with arts and cultural programming.
- Providing opportunities and spaces for neighbors to come together and engage in meaningful exchanges that spark collaborative action.
- Empowering black + artists and creative individuals of color to realize their potential as community change agents.
- Investing in the development of the skills and talents of local black + residents of color to catalyze entrepreneurial efforts.
FRDM Hall, a not-for-profit creative engine focused on cultural-driven, community-driven redevelopment and affordable space initiatives in under-resourced communities, is currently managed by Keep Ypsi Black, an unassociated extension of work steered by Theaster Gates, Jr. in Chicago, IL. Like the Rebuild Foundation, our programs will enlist teams of black artists, architects, developers, educators, community activists, and residents of color who work together to integrate the arts, apprenticeship trade training and creative entrepreneurship into a community-driven process of neighborhood transformation. FRDM HALL will engage an artistic practice which uses as its medium the urban fabric of under-resourced districts, bridging the creation of art with adaptive reuse of abandoned spaces and community-driven initiatives for neighborhood revitalization.
Rebuild Foundation is the creation of Chicago native, artist, urban planner, and Wall Street Journal 2012 Innovator of the Year, Theaster Gates, Jr. who has conducted innovative renovation of unused spaces and community service activities through his art practice since 2005. Rebuild received its official 501©3 status in December 2010, and immediately continued Gates’ work leveraging creative community resources to build thriving neighborhoods. We act as a catalyst in local economies by integrating arts and cultural programming, workforce enhancement, creative entrepreneurial investment, hands-on education, and artistic intervention. Rebuild began creating cultural programming in Gates’ renovated and repurposed buildings first in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side.
Friday, September 2, 2016, Frdm Hall #1, Open Mic + Black Cinema (Do the Right Thing) at Project 23 in Ypsilanti, MI.
Friday, October 7, 2016, Frdm Hall #2, Open Mic + Black Cinema (Cosmic Slop) at Project 23 in Ypsilanti, MI.
Friday, November 4, 2016, Frdm Hall #3, Open Mic + Black Cinema (Ava Duvernay’s 2016 film 13TH) at Project 23 in Ypsilanti, MI.
Friday, December 2, 2016, Frdm Hall #4, Open Mic + Black Cinema (Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise—Part 1) at Project 23 in Ypsilanti, MI.
Friday, April 7, 2017 Frdm Hall #5, Black Cinema + Open Mic at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, MI.