Black Arts MKE

Black Arts MKE at the Marcus Center

Committed to preserving the culture by increasing the availability and quality of African American arts.

We collaborate with local artists and arts organizations to bring renowned and original performance arts works by African American authors, playwrights, poets, musicians, and composers to our community.

Our arts education outreach and community programs serve over 8,850 at-risk youth and their families. Black Arts MKE’s annual signature performance event – Black Nativity by Langston Hughes is a new holiday musical favorite in Milwaukee and presented in collaboration with the Marcus Center.

Black Arts MKE is a proud Affiliate Member of United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) and an in-residence group at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Black Arts MKE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.

Black Nativity

Black Nativity

Milwaukee’s newest holiday favorite, Black Nativity by Langston Hughes is a testament to the power of gospel music, telling the story of the Nativity through a combination of African American scripture, poetry, dance, and song.
“Black Nativity is an opportunity to use our recent stories to represent the storytellers, our neighbors, leaders, future leaders, everyday working folks, activists, warriors, and friends who desire to tell the good news of hope.  These same people have stories of those who have overcome all odds to be the light and catalyst for change in their communities” says Director Malkia Stampley.
Featuring many new talented local cast members, this year’s production is presented by Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, and features choreographer Christopher Gilbert, and music direction by Antoine Reynolds.

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes is a collaboration between Black Arts MKE and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Black Nativity is presented by resident theater group, Bronzeville Arts Ensemble.

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 Marcus Center in Milwaukee
Bronzeville Arts Ensemble is a professional theater company in residence at Black Arts MKE in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. We are committed to the expansion and cultivation of Milwaukee's African American theater community.

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929 North Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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