With the restoration of the “Celebrate the Arts” mural, the gateway to Bronzeville is alive again with brilliant color. The extensive painting project was completed by a team of artists, including prolific muralist and artist Reynaldo Hernandez, who led the original project.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by artists who worked on the mural more than 30 years ago, many of whom were students at the time. The event also featured an art exhibition by local artists, African drumming and commemoration speeches from Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Mayor Tom Barrett and Jayme Montgomery Baker from Friends of Bronzeville.
Completed in 1984, the mural was commissioned for the west-facing wall of the Inner City Arts Council, located on North Avenue and 7th Street. The building is now home to the Milwaukee office of Impact Seven, a Wisconsin-based Community Development Financial Institution, which raised funds for the restoration efforts.