In a new partnership between Kanye West's arts organization Donda’s House and the Skyline Council of Landmarks Illinois, Valentine's Day will call for Kanye's childhood home to be "heart bombed" in the name of love and historic preservation, according to the organization's official website. Frequent collaborator and organization co-founder Rhymefest purchased the home in 2016 to create a central arts center location for the organization, complete with a recording studio, learning space, and music museum for Chicago youth.
Described as "a public show of love to historic sites and local landmarks by showering the site with physical expressions of affection, such as paper hearts," the event is a part of a larger Donda's House campaign, HeARTs Matter Week, supporting advocacy and education.
“We are thrilled to be working with Landmarks Illinois’ Skyline Council,” said Donda’s House Executive Director, Donnie Smith. It will also be a testament to how important the home is to the neighborhood's history and its need for renovations, particularly since the council works to preserve and restore historic properties.
“Landmarks Illinois came out to the site recently to give us an assessment of the house with recommendations for renovating and repairing the property," added Smith. "We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the house is, overall, in pretty good shape.”
There will be craft-making activities before Valentine's Day for participants of the event to create all kinds of pieces that will end up on display at the home. If you're in Chicago on Feb. 14th, you can leave your own heart bomb at 7815 S. South Shore Drive.