The Bronzeville Center for the Arts Displays Black Art and Culture at the 53rd Juneteenth Celebration in Milwaukee

Generations of Black Creatives

Black art through the decades has served as a way to present the Black experience to the world, highlight historical events, and record stories that otherwise would have been lost in mainstream media. Routinely, Black creatives have revolutionized artistic fields and techniques, shaping the course of American culture and artistic expression.

Milwaukee has been impacted heavily by the contributions of Black creativity and art, with the cultural hub of it all being located in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood. 

Rejuvenating the Historic Neighborhood

The Bronzeville neighborhood in Milwaukee finds its roots in the “Great Migration”. Between 1910 and 1950, African Americans began moving north for better opportunities and racial equality. Bronzeville neighborhoods began popping up across northern states, being areas where the newly growing Black populations were confined.

Today, Milwaukee’s Bronzeville is an economic and cultural hub that has been experiencing a rejuvenation of life within the last few decades.

A part of the new Bronzville is The Bronzeville Center for the Arts (BCA) which was established in 2020 with the mission to uplift the history of African-American art, support community artists, and make art accessible to the community. 

The BCA is focused on expanding Bronzeville’s vibrant artistic and cultural legacy.

Celebrating Black Art at Milwaukee’s Juneteenth

At Milwaukee’s 53rd Juneteenth celebration, the BCA was present partaking in the festivities with their community and promoting their new projects that will further their mission. 

Director of Creative Engagement and Partnerships Mutope Johnson said Juneteenth was a holiday they could not miss. 

“Juneteenth Day was the appropriate occasion to welcome family, friends, loved ones, and celebrate Juneteenth Day considering the fact we’re in our second year of it being a federal holiday, so we love the interaction.”

The festivities of the holiday showcased Milwaukee’s thriving and evolving Black art and creative scene.

“We think that there’s an undercurrent of artists that are really making themselves known and a lot of those folks have a lot to stay so it’s a beautiful thing that we can all concur with each other, understand we’re stronger when we’re collaborating, said Johnson”

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