Bronzeville Arts Center; focus on African American art, history


Project rendering of Bronzeville Center for the Arts, Milwaukee

The Bronzeville Center for the Arts (BCA) announced on Wednesday, February 2, its vision for a world-class arts and culture center in the heart of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville district.

A press release indicates that BCA’s proposed $1.6 million land purchase will be considered by the State Building Commission on February 9. The proposal will also need to be approved by the state’s Joint Committee on Finance. If approved, BCA would turn the site into a campus at 507 W. North Avenue, including a 50,000 square foot facility that would serve as BCA’s main institution. The campus will feature exhibitions, education and immersive arts programming.

Construction on BCA’s first investment in Bronzeville will begin this spring, a $1 million redevelopment of 507 W. North Avenue. The North Avenue project will include the redevelopment of an existing duplex building as well as the construction of an addition that will span adjacent vacant land. BCA’s North Avenue development will house BCA’s gallery, studio space and offices.

Project rendering of Bronzeville Center for the Arts, Milwaukee

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The release states that BCA’s proposed lineup for its future Bronzeville developments includes:

  • Museum-quality exhibits visual arts;
  • Educational programslive and virtual lecture series, panel discussions and seminars, which bring together artists, scholars, educators, community leaders, organizations and innovators in the United States and beyond, to examine history art, dynamic art projects, career opportunities, creative entrepreneurship, and issues of art and race, among others;
  • Practical art workshops which explore various techniques with an emphasis on teaching creative skills, as well as intellectual and professional development; and
  • Performances in the visual arts, music, dance and spoken word, among others.

To learn more about the Bronzeville Center for the Arts, visit


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