First Annual Juneteenth @ the Commons!

On June 16, 2018, Sweet Water Foundation hosted the First Annual Juneteenth Celebration @ the Commons. More than 400 people gathered at Sweet Water Foundation’s Perry Ave Commons to take part in an event that was profound, inspirational, transformative, and  grounded in community and history.

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Jia Li Pratt
Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Kolenda "Kokoa" Rattler Davis

Kolenda “Kokoa” Rattler is a local resident who grew up in the Washington Park neighborhood. Since she started volunteering at Sweet Water Foundation in 2015, Kokoa has become much more than a volunteer. She is an important member of the Sweet Water Foundation team and family who shares her time, skills, connections, and memory of the neighborhood with the SWF community.

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Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Natalie Zepeda

Meet Natalie Zepeda...Natalie is an architecture student at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) who has been interning at Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) since December of 2017. After discovering SWF’s pop-up shop at the Chicago Design Museum in the Block 37 mall, Natalie found that she fit right in with the Sweet Water team.

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Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Orrin Williams

In 2010, Orrin Williams met Sweet Water Foundation's Co-Founder, Emmanuel Pratt, at a meeting in West Englewood. An instant bond was formed as they quickly recognized the synergies in their work and a shared vision of transformation on Chicago’s South side. The two have been working together ever since and Sweet Water Foundation has benefited greatly from Orrin’s leadership, vision, and contributions over the years.  

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From Dublin to Chicago: Fractal Seating Amplify Educators Workshop

On Saturday, February 24th, more than 40 educators participated in Sweet Water Foundation’s Fractal Seating Workshop at the Smart Museum of Art. The workshop was featured as part of the University of Chicago’s Amplify Education Series, which seeks to develop a model of collaboration that leads to a systemically, and sustainably networked education community that supports rich and dynamic arts learning experiences.

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RADICAL [RE]CONSTRUCTION OF COMMUNITY: FOOD, ART, AND REGENERATIVE PLACEMAKING ON CHICAGO’S SOUTH SIDE

Over the past several years, Chicago has been highlighted in the media as a ‘tale of two cities’: one of them safe and prosperous, the other dangerous and poor—and both of them growing more so. Amidst these crises, a radical [re]construction of community is underway at the Perry Ave Commons on Chicago’s South Side, fueled by food, art, and the practice of Regenerative Placemaking.

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Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Rudy Taylor

In 2016, Rudy Taylor was introduced to Sweet Water Foundation through a long-time, mutual colleague and mentor. Intrigued by the organization’s work and camaraderie, Rudy began to practice his craft - furniture design - out of a small area at Sweet Water Foundation’s workshop. Slowly, but surely, he became more engaged with the carpentry program and began supporting young apprentices...

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Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Devontae Phillips

Meet Devontae Phillips...a class of 2016 graduate of Dunbar Vocational High School who started working as part of Sweet Water Foundation's (SWF) Apprenticeship and Outreach Program during the summer of 2015. Inspired by his experience and the camaraderie of the Sweet Water team, he continued working as an apprentice with SWF throughout his senior year via a work study program that allowed him to earn, learn, and receive school credits. Devontae is now a union carpenter and continues to work with SWF as a mentor and volunteer.

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Jia Li Pratt