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2018 Annual Summary

2018 was a year of [Re]Construction, [Re]Connection, and [Re]Generation. We built. We created. We nourished the land and people. Most importantly, we brought people together to learn, to express, to break bread, and to CELEBRATE! Together, we practice Regenerative Neighborhood Development. None of this would have been possible without the support and dedication of the SWF Team + Family and the generosity of our Partners and Supporters. Thank you for making 2018 amazing! We look forward to regenerating with you in 2019. Click below to read the full 2018 Annual Summary.

Dance @the commons

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the Sweet Water Foundation team delivered four hexagonal dance floors to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for an exhibit called Groundings. Throughout the exhibit, open from November 3, 2019 - May 12, 2019, artists of various mediums will explore the relationship between seen and unseen movement. The floors were built at The Commons via a collaboration between Sweet Water Foundation apprentices and mentors, Ozuzu Dancers, and Links Hall.

humans of sweet water…meet aaliyah christina

Aaliyah is an artist who has lived in Chicago for 6.5 years. She first visited Sweet Water Foundation in June of 2018 and has been activating The Commons through dance and collaboration since then. Aaliyah has developed relationships with the SWF team and surrounding community. She worked alongside the core team to build dance floors and learn the principles of farming. SWF is excited to introduce Aaliyah as its first Human-in-Residence. Through this role, she will curate events, programs, and opportunities for artists to engage at The Commons.


Transforming 'Blight' to Life.

Sweet Water Foundation utilizes a blend of urban agriculture, art and education to transform vacant spaces and abandoned buildings into economically and ecologically productive and sustainable community assets that produce engaged youth, skilled workers, art, locally-grown food , and affordable housing.


Regenerative Neighborhood Development


Engaging Families


Cultivating Career Pathways


Delivering Experiential Education


Building Local Economy