Milwaukee Neighborhood Arts Collective Marcus Center in Milwaukee


Are you an aspiring musician, dancer or actor? The Marcus Performing Arts Center is excited to announce the launch of the Milwaukee Neighborhood Arts Collective! The Collective will connect young performers with performing arts professionals to help them grow and develop their craft. We will be highlighting young artists from Milwaukee County.

Participants will work with their mentors through virtual workshops to hone their artistic and professional skills. Additionally, students will be challenged to collaborate with other young creatives in the program to create and present new work for presentation on the Marcus Center's social media outlets.

The program aims to bridge the gap between young artists across the city and open doors for them to grow artistically, foster relationships with arts professionals and provide a creative space for connection.
Please check back for 2021 program information.The Milwaukee Neighborhood Arts Collective program will take place during the summer months of 2021. Selected participants will participate in 2-3 sessions per week with various mentor(s) depending on their desired discipline. The weekly workshops will be flexible and accommodating to participant schedules.
- Application Requirements -

  • Applicants must be between 13 - 25 years of age
  • Entries can be either a solo artist or a group
  • Interest in pursuing the performing arts (theatre, music, dance) professionally
  • Applicants must reside in Milwaukee County

A panel of professional artists and Marcus Center staff will review applications. Applicants will be contacted via phone and email if they are selected to be a part of the Milwaukee Neighborhood Arts Collective.
The Marcus Center presents the Milwaukee Neighborhood Arts Collective in partnership with local performer and choreographer Christopher Gilbert. Gilbert is a long-time advocate for the arts and arts education throughout the city. He teaches hip-hop dance around the state and choreographs the Milwaukee Bucks Grand Dancers. In past years, Gilbert has partnered with the Center on many projects including mentoring youth in the Centers’ Arts Connect Summer Intensive as well as hosting the weekly Dance MKE competition.

This program is generously supported by Bader Philanthropies, Inc.