Get Inspired
Theaster Gates
Day 52: Activism Art. Art has the power to transform communities. Today, we're inviting your family to think about how creativity and innovation can drive change in our city. Check out this video on the work of Theaster Gates , a Chicago based artist working to enrich his community on the South Side.

Theaster creates spaces where connections can be built between neighbors. By addressing issues of disinvestment through art, Theaster is fostering a community where people can work, collaborate, and make positive change in their neighborhood.
Let's Talk
After watching Theaster Gates' TedTalk use the questions below to kick-start a great conversation with your family:

  • What did you discover about Theaster's work that was new to you?

  • How is Theaster using art and culture to transform communities? What do you think about his approach to creating community gathering spaces?

  • What did Theater learn about community building through his work? How can you build community in your neighborhood?

  • Bonus! Do you know your neighbors? On your walk today, ring some doorbells! Take time to introduce yourself and check-in with people on your block.

Do Something
Create Your Community
Gather your art supplies. Inspired by the work of Theaster Gates, we're challenging you to reimagine your neighborhood. Grab abstract objects from around your house to map out what your dream community looks like in a 3D model.

What spaces make up a community? Think about the places that support your community and add creative spaces of your own! Where do people gather? Where do they have fun? Where do people eat? Where do they share resources? Your ability to get creative reimagining community can spark change in your own neighborhood.

Post a picture of your creative community and tag us at #honeycombathome and @honeycombproject to share with the hive.
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Community Connection
We Got Us
Communities connected. Theaster Gates' work centers around using creative solutions to keep communities connected. Chicago based collective, We Got Us, is doing just that. As a community, organizations have banded together to provide critical supplies like PPE, food, tutoring, mental health services, and more to Chicago's South and West Side neighborhoods most impacted by COVID19. Read more about their work here.

Get food. If you are in need of food TODAY, there is a West Side food pop up at Greater St. John Bible Church at 1256 N Waller Ave from 11AM - 4PM.

Give what you can. If you're out grocery shopping for your own family, consider picking up some extra items to donate. We Got Us is accepting donations of nonperishable food and snacks, hygiene and menstrual supplies, diapers and other baby care items at the same location pop up location.

If you are interested in volunteering or making supply deliveries please fill out this form highlighting all the ways to get involved. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance please call the We Got Us hotline at 773-839-9782.
Funders & Supporters
The Honeycomb Project engages, mobilizes and inspires kids and their families to build strong and vibrant communities for all Chicagoans. Since 2011, more than 25,000 volunteers have participated in Honeycomb programs benefitting 40+ local organizations.