Black Arts MKE’s mission is to continue building strong, sustainable arts organizations that preserve and promote the history and culture of the African diaspora and inspire creativity in future generations. We’re committed to exposing diverse audiences to cultural programming. Each year, we touch thousands of underserved school children, youth, families, and audiences through main stage performances, educational outreach, special events and community collaborative partnerships.Black Arts MKE is a proud UPAF Affiliate and Resident Group with Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Over 3,000 school children, youth and their families are engaged by Black Arts MKE member groups and collaborative arts partners through dance, music, visual arts, and theatre.
Our educational programs are designed to reach urban Milwaukee neighborhood schools serving at-risk, underserved, under resourced, and primarily African American youth.
Your financial support enables hundreds of central city students to attend our annual holiday musical Black Nativity. ASE
Ko-Thi Dance Company
Ko-Thi is the third oldest African Dance company in America. Founded in Milwaukee in 1969, Ko-Thi has been presenting educational programs in schools since 1972. Students learn about culture, languages and traditions of ancient Africa through African dance and drumming.
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