Perry Ave Commons

Sweet Water Foundation

Funding Received: 2016
Chicago, IL
$300,000
Funding Period: 1 year and 11 months

Internationally acclaimed designer, Emmanuel Pratt (founder of the Sweet Water Foundation), is working with local residents to counter disinvestment and catalyze economic activity in the Washington Park and Englewood neighborhoods of Chicago, IL. The Perry Ave Commons will consist of the “Thought Barn,” an art gallery and reflection space that will repurpose two foreclosed homes; public art installations and a pocket park as infill on adjacent vacant properties; and two community greenhouses. This will be a case study for inclusive, equitable community economic development that integrates housing, art, food security, education, sustainability, and environmental justice.