Kanye West’s childhood home in Chicago to become arts center, recording studio for local youth

CHICAGO — Kanye West’s childhood home will be turned into a community center, complete with a recording studio and arts programs for Chicago’s youth.

Kanye West performs on stage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Kanye West performs on stage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Rapper Rhymefest posted on Instagram the purchase of the home for Donda’s House, an organization named for West’s mom that aims to provide arts and music programs to youth.

West’s home is located on Chicago’s South Side, a neighborhood that is infamously known for its high rates of gun violence.

“I’m excited to announce the purchase of Kanye’s childhood home as a community Arts incubator,” Rhymefest, the organization’s creative director, said in his Instagram post. “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.”

Donda’s House aims to bring art and music programs to “at-risk communities that directly benefit from access to safe environments and developmental opportunities,” according to its site.

“We want to show bright spots in communities thatve been divested from,” Rhymefest said on Instagram. “We know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated.”

West made headlines recently for his erratic behavior on stage during his Saint Pablo tour, which he has canceled, and is currently being hospitalized in Los Angeles.