Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Keith Denson

Meet Keith Denson...Keith joined the Sweet Water Foundation (SWF) family in summer 2018 as a Crew Member and Apprentice. He was born and raised in Chicago, and discovered Sweet Water Foundation through his son’s grandmother. Since joining SWF, Keith has pitched in and helped out in every way he can at The Commons. He is always willing, open, and excited to engage in conversation and learn more about others.

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Courtney Hug
Lighting Up the Commons

Throughout the summer, the SWF team performed a series of experiments with solar panels installed on the Smart Pod and on test kits around The Commons to better understand solar energy. The knowledge gained from those experiments is being translated to solar projects across The Commons.

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Courtney Hug
Farm-To-Child: A Pilot Program

On July 13, 2018 ten preschool aged children and four care providers visited Sweet Water Foundation for the launch of a pilot food program called Chicago Fresh, a farm-to-child initiative with Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion. The initiative seeks to increase access to and understanding of healthy produce to early child care educators and in-home providers.

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Courtney Hug
Water and Art

Sweet Water Foundation practices Regenerative Neighborhood Development - a radically reconstructive and holistic model of economic development that transforms disinvested spaces into productive and sustainable spaces of healing, intergenerational connections, and beauty. A critical, yet often overlooked component of SWF’s practice is water. SWF has creatively and intentionally called the issue of water to attention as it works towards neighborhood transformation.

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Courtney Hug
Thank You 2018 Summer Interns!

This past summer, Sweet Water Foundation welcomed a host of summer interns both new and returning, from high schools and colleges across the country. The Summer 2018 intern cohort of 9 worked together to build, create, and grow.

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Courtney Hug
Radical [Re]Constructions: Farm-To-Table For All

On Saturday, July 14, a group of people invested in the stability and prosperity of the community gathered at Sweet Water Foundation for a discussion about work. What does it mean to work? What are the realities workers must confront? Most importantly, how does labor intersect with other aspects of life such as housing, wellbeing, and wellness?

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Courtney Hug
Sweet Water Featured at The Taste of Chicago

Every summer since 1980, thousands of people flock to the City of Chicago for five days of mouthwatering food, music, and family activities at the Taste of Chicago.  This year, Sweet Water Foundation's Executive Director, Emmanuel Pratt, was one of four artists selected to bring their work to life at The Taste.

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Courtney Hug
Becoming Citizen Scientists at The Commons

Whether you are five or well into your fifties, there is a childlike marvel in watching a butterfly unfurl its wings and take off across open skies; or in watching a tomato plant grow, slowly at first, and then all at once. Earlier this year, Sweet Water Foundation and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum embarked on a journey to keep this wonder alive. Working Through S.C.A.L.E (Sustainable Collaboration Across Living Ecologies) exists at the intersection of life and science.

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Courtney Hug
Humans of Sweet Water...Meet Kim Sherobbi

Kim Sherobbi is a native “Detroiter” who lives in the same house she grew up in. She is on the Board of Directors of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center Sweet Water Foundation’s relationship with Kim is one of many that demonstrate the intersection and similarities between people and communities across the nation. We are excited to highlight Kim’s work as we collectively work towards tackling this country’s most pressing systemic problems.

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Courtney Hug
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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Jia Li Pratt
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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Jia Li Pratt