Welcome to Donda's House inc. 

Where Talent Meets Opportunity 

+ Access  

+ Artist Development 

+ Collaboration 

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Donda’s House, Inc. provides unprecedented access and education from leading experts in the arts, culture & entertainment industry to Chicago’s creative youth and young adults ages 14 – 24.


Donda’s House Inc. curates music festivals, artist lectures and workshops, in order to provide showcasing opportunities for artists. Past events include AAHH Fest! Community Day, Teens in the Park Fest and Behind The Mic.


Donda’s House Inc. incubates Creative Entrepreneurs and provides professional development for Creatives in order to enhance skills and help Creatives close the gap between their reality and their dreams.


 Mother + Scholar + Mentor

Long before the rest of the world could pronounce the name of her now iconic son, Kanye West, Dr. Donda West set up a recording studio in her home. She nurtured, supported and encouraged a generation of young artists, who to this day, are brought to tears by the impact she had on their lives. Our Creative Director and Che “Rhymefest” Smith, was one of those artists! We honor her legacy by providing a similar familial and safe environment for young creatives, who are imagining a better future for themselves, their families, their communities and our world. 


Our Key Initiatives

Below you will find our key events, programs and initatives. Please join our mailing list to receive notification about opportunities to enroll or e-mail us at hello@dondashouseinc.org for more information.

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Our signature music lyric/composition and performance program. Designed to help students learn how to write, record and perform original music, as well as expose students to the “business” of entertainment.


Our cultural exchange program designed to build creative bridges between different communities. This program launched in the Spring of 2017 with “Bridges to the Blues” a program that paired seasoned musicians with young artists to create original music to perform at the historic Chicago Blues Festival.


We create and highlight opportunities for artists to showcase their work. We integrate our artists into existing events in order to provide a platform for their work, as well as implement music festivals, concerts and auditions for artists to further develop their live performance skills and grow their audience. If you are interested in booking any of our artists, please contact us at hello@dondashouseinc.org. 


Our MasterClass series where we bring artists, executives and creatives to speak about their experiences in intimate settings. Past guests have included No ID (producer of Jay-Z’s 4:44 album), Big Sean, Broadway Actor Chester Gregory, Big K.R.I.T. and more! 

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Our Administrative Team

Donda’s House functions through the support of our Administrative Team, our committed volunteers, our dedicated alumni, and our visionary Board of Directors. Please contact us at hello@dondashouseinc.org, to learn how you can support our efforts. 

Donnie Nicole Smith

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Che “Rhymefest” Smith 

Co-Founder, Creative Director, Creative Writing Instructor

Charleston “The Honorable Hakim Dough” Parham

Communications Director, Social Media Manager, Instructor

Inside Donda’s House

Check out this section for the latest news, updates and more. 

Sharing Our Truth: Statement About Kanye West & Donda’s House Inc.

Statement Regarding Kanye West & Donda’s House Inc.  In December of 2011, Rhymefest, Donnie Smith and Kanye West came up with the idea to create Donda’s House Inc., a foundation[…]

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Stitch Gawd Visits Donda’s House

   Last night we hosted a conversation between Emma “Stitch Gawd” Mckee and Chiquita Carey of All I Need Is One Mic. Emma uses her needlework to stitch relationships and[…]

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ICYMI: Made Mavens Leadership Summit

ICYMI: MADE Maven Leadership Summit Donda’s House participated in the inaugural Made Maven Leadership Summit, organized and presented by Made Magazine, and sponsored by BMW. We are proud to say[…]

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Contact us

Mailing Address: Dyett High School for the Arts, ATTN: Donda’s House Inc., 555 E. 51st Street, Chicago, IL 60615 
E-mail: hello@dondashouseinc.org