About Black Arts MKE

Black Arts MKE’s (BAMKE) mission is to increase the availability and quality of African American arts and culture.  Each year, we collaborate with over 100 local artists of color and arts groups to bring to our community renowned and original performance arts works by African American authors, playwrights, poets, dancers, musicians, and composers.

Our arts education and community outreach programs serve over 15,000 underserved youth and their families including our new Youth Performing Arts Camp. Black Arts MKE’s annual signature performance – Black Nativity by Langston Hughes is a holiday musical favorite in Milwaukee featuring an all-black, all local cast.

Black Arts MKE is a recipient of NEA Grants for Arts Projects and The Black Seed national awards.

We are a proud Member Group of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) and a Resident Group at the Marcus Performing Arts Center.  Black Arts MKE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.



929 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble

Founded in 2013, Bronzeville Arts Ensemble strives to illuminate the black experience in America by developing and creating theater while also providing artistic and educational programming opportunities, committed to collaborating with the local and national community, inspiring healing and positive social change.

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble is a professional theater company in residence with Black Arts MKE at the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, WI.

Upcoming Black Arts MKE Events
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Black Arts MKE Presents
April 27 - April 29

Zuri's Crown

ZURI'S CROWN is an original new musical - an adaptation of the classic Rapunzel story. The musical is set just around the corner from your neighborhood and teaches the valuable lesson that being different should not be scary.