Kanye West’s Childhood Home to Become a Community Arts Center That Honors His Mother

Kanye West’s former childhood home will be opened as a music and arts center aimed at serving youths.

The Yeezy designer’s forthcoming multipurpose creative space in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood was announced Friday as the headquarters of Donda’s House, a nonprofit cofounded by rapper Rhymefest, his friend and collaborator.

“I’m excited to announce the purchase of Kanye’s childhood home as a community Arts incubator,” Rhymefest shared on Instagram. “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 museam. 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 DondasHouse, support our efforts to support our youth. #givingtuesdays #DondasHouse #ILGive.”

Kanye was raised in the home in the 1990s by his mother, Dr. Donda West, a former English professor who died in 2007 following a surgical procedure. The center will help foster budding talent in the neighborhood similarly to how the rapper’s late mother provided recording equipment and opened her home up to youngsters, according to the organization’s mission statement.

“Our teaching philosophy is based on the research and career of Dr. Donda West who believed that arts instruction improves a child’s analytical and creative capacity,” the statement read. “Donda’s House seeks to provide a safe, creative environment that inspires, empowers, challenges and produces tomorrow’s problem solvers.”

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Kanye West and his mother in 2007.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

More centers are in the works to serve other communities in need, Rhymefest stated.

The good news arrives after recent concerns about West’s health have emerged. He was reportedly hospitalized on Monday less than 24 hours after canceling the remaining dates of his Saint Pablo Tour. Sources have cited “exhaustion” as the reason for the admission.

The Los Angeles Police Department stated that it responded to a disturbance call at 1:20 p.m. PT at a home in West Hollywood, Calif. A spokesperson said the fire department had responded to “an unspecified medical aid request” with “an adult male, described as medically stable, who was taken to an area hospital for further assessment.”

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