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humans of sweet water…meet yash kumbhat

Yash joined Sweet Water Foundation as an intern during the summer of 2018 as part of Harvard University's Social Impact Fellows program. Originally from Kolkata, India, he is now a sophomore at Harvard College. During his summer at The Commons, Yash led tours, engaged in architecture and design projects, and learned farming techniques from SWF apprentices. He also brought his skills from his hometown to help SWF begin lighting up The Commons with solar energy. Now, Yash is back in Boston, trying to spread SWF’s practice of Regenerative Neighborhood Development across the city.

expo chicago @the commons

On Tuesday, September 25, Sweet Water Foundation hosted the For Freedoms Town Hall, gathering more than 50 people from EXPO CHICAGO in the Thought Barn for an evening of conversation on the topic of Art and Public Space. The Town Hall, organized in collaboration with the Smart Museum of Art, welcomed a panel of speakers from March for Our Lives and AfriCOBRA who discussed strategies for integrating art into the reclamation of public space. The evening’s dialogue was enhanced by the surrounding environment given SWF’s focus on integrating art into each space at The Commons.

breakout chicago @ the commons

On September 22, 2018 a group of 175 people attending Breakout Chicago visited the Perry Avenue Commons (The Commons) for a neighborhood celebration with activities, performances, food, and connections. Breakout is a nationwide organization whose mission is to champion change makers, with a focus on those who make changes from within communities. The Commons provided the perfect place to gather a national audience of change makers to witness and celebrate the transformations taking place at The Commons and across the country.


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