A collaborator explained: It will be the first of our Nationwide Lite-Houses
Kanye West’s childhood home will be turned into a community arts incubator, according to the rapper’s friend and collaborator Che ‘Rhymefest’ Smith. The project will be managed by Donda’s House, a charity founded in memory of Kanye’s late mother.
Che revealed the Chicago residence is only the first in a series of “Nationwide Lite-Houses.”
He explained through Instagram: “I’m excited to announce the purchase of Kanye’s childhood home as a community Arts incubator. It will be the first of our Nationwide Lite-Houses. A state of the art recording studio, a curriculum space for @dondashouse and southside music museum. We want to show bright spots in communities thatve been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated.
Please click the link in my bio & Donate to Dondas House, support our efforts to support our youth.”
Meanwhile, a message on the charity’s official website reads: “Donda’s House, Inc. provides unprecedented access and education from leading experts in music, fashion, and tv/film to Chicago’s youth and young adults. Donda’s House was created in 2013 by Grammy-award winning artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith and distinguished educator, Donnie Smith, Donda’s House, Inc.
In order to deepen its impact, Donda’s House has acquired a home facility that will provide a permanent location for all of the Donda’s House family to gather, offer programming, and grow.
Donda’s House envisions this facility as not only a homegrown hub of economic activity for the southside but also a gathering place for the community with events and concerts.”
The news comes after reports that Kanye West has been severely depressed, especially now as the holiday season approaches due to losing his mother in 2007.