Bronzeville Arts Ensemble Honors is a series of events held throughout the city, honoring Milwaukee Artists in celebration of Black History Month. “We want to let our community know that Milwaukee has some amazing people in our community, among them several nationally recognized artists. It gives us a chance to let our elders know we appreciate their commitment to our city” says Stampley after a critically acclaimed and successful production of The Mojo and the Sayso in collaboration with Theatre LILA at Milwaukee Repertory Theater where Bronzeville Arts Ensemble is in residence.
The celebration kicked off Tuesday evening with Visually Poetic, a night of poetry and art. The event honored the contributions of artist Ammar Nsoroma and Della Wells. The next event will be Monday February 22 entitled Sweet Grass: A Celebration of Gullah Culture and will feature the film collaboration of Ferne Caulker Bronson and Portia Cobb. The celebration and screening will take place at the Body and Soul Healing Arts Center, 3617 N. 48th Street, Milwaukee, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Caulker Bronson, founder of Ko Thi Dance Company, recently announced her retirement at UW-Milwaukee where she founded and currently leads the University Dance Department’s BFA Degree in Choreography and Performance/African dance. The first of its kind in the US.
The festivities will close out the month with More Than Jazz, an evening of music honoring the work of Jazz Artists, Adekola Adedapo, Sam Belton and Laura Snyder, classical bassist with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Members of Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and others will participate in honoring these great musicians, held at Mr. J’s Jazz Lounge located at 4610 W. Fond Du Lac beginning at 6:00 PM.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online via Eventbrite: http://bronzevilleartsensemblehonors.eventbrite.com and at the door. Children will be allowed to attend the February 22nd event. Children 12 and under will be admitted at no charge.
Bronzeville Arts Ensemble Honors is sponsored by Fond Du Lac Business Improvement District, C4 BRIC LLC, Body and Soul Healing Arts Center and Mr. J’s Jazz Lounge.
For more information about the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble Honors series contact Malkia Stampley, Producing Artistic Director of Bronzeville Arts Ensemble at 414-426-7249 or via email BronzevilleArtsEnsemble@gmail.com.