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CRG’s $1-million grant will help Rebuild Foundation rehab the former St. Laurence School, located in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side

CRG Grant Will Help Rehab South Side School into Arts Incubator 

Real estate investment firm CRG, in conjunction with parent company Clayco, has donated $1 million to Rebuild Foundation, the nonprofit platform for art, cultural development and neighborhood transformation founded by artist and social innovator Theaster Gates.  

CRG’s grant will help Rebuild Foundation fund its largest project to date:  rehabbing the former St. Laurence School, located in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, into an incubator for artists and creative entrepreneurs. The grant will help fund the first phase of construction. 

“This project is the next step of Theaster’s vision to bring life-changing growth and business development opportunities to the local creative community,” said Shawn Clark, president of CRG.   

CRG is making its donation through CRG Cares, its philanthropic arm that provides funding, services and volunteers to enhance communities in cities where it operates, and will be funded through The Clayco Foundation. 


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