The nonprofit group developing a Black-oriented arts facility in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood is seeking public input on the project.
Bronzeville Center for the Arts will host its first public scoping session to gather community input to help determine future programming, exhibits and community space for its arts center.
The session will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at America’s Black Holocaust Museum, 401 W. North Ave.
The session is the first of a series of conversations happening this summer, with additional meetings to be scheduled in July and August.
Also, Bronzeville Center for the Arts, in partnership with M&E Architects + Engineers and HGA, launched a visitor experience questionnaire. Interested individuals can access the questionnaire at www.bcamke.org.
The African-American arts and cultural facility is planned for the site of the former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources office, 2300 N. King Dr.
The center bought the property from the state in 2022 for $1.6 million. The group plans to demolish it and build a 50,000-square-foot facility for exhibitions, education and immersive artistic programming.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ 2023-25 construction budget, totaling $3.8 billion, included $5 million for the $54.9 million development. Republicans who control the state Legislature removed that item from the budget proposal as part of their pledge to reduce spending.
Meanwhile, the center’s 507 Gallery project is under construction and to be completed this fall. That 4,300-square-foot gallery, workshop and office will be at 507 W. North Ave.