Bronzeville Center for the Arts proposes a new cultural center

MILWAUKEE — On Wednesday, the Bronzeville Center for the Arts (ACC) announced plans to purchase new land for $1.6 million for a new arts and culture center.

If the plan comes to fruition, the BCA would build a 50,000 square foot facility for exhibits, education and immersive arts programming focused on African American art and history, according to a BCA press release. The organization will submit its proposal to the State Building Commission on February 9.

“This site has tremendous potential for the Bronzeville Center for the Arts,” said Kristen Hardy, a Milwaukee attorney and chair of the Bronzeville Center for the Arts board of trustees. “One day in the near future, we hope that visitors from across the city, state and nation will come to Bronzeville to explore African American art and art history in a way that fosters and inspire self-expression, the exchange of ideas and creative entrepreneurship.”

The BCA would purchase the previously state-owned property occupied by the Southeast Wisconsin DNR regional headquarters.

If it does, it would be the organization’s second investment in the area after the planned development of 507 W. North Ave. Construction of this project will begin in the spring. The million-dollar redevelopment will be used to build an art gallery, workshop and BCA offices.

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