Black Arts Fest MKE Archives

Black Arts Fest MKE announces cancellation amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 30, 2020

In a statement released on Thursday, April 23, 2020, Black Arts Fest MKE (BAFMKE) announced the cancellation of its August 1, 2020 festival at the Henry Maier Festival Grounds. Final decision to cancel comes after careful consideration of the mounting health concerns and community hardships arising from the COVID-19 pandemic: “We recognize that the Safer… [Read More]

Milwaukee celebrates African American art and culture at 2019 Black Arts Fest MKE

August 8, 2019

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, the Black Arts Fest MKE was host to the “2nd Annual Black Arts Fest 2019,” at the Henry Maier Festival Park. The festival celebrated African American culture and though art, music, dance, and food. There were a number of vendors selling art, and African inspired clothing and jewelery. Among the… [Read More]

The vocal prowess of Bettye LaVette to headline Black Arts Fest MKE!

July 18, 2019

LaVetteā€™s performances draw high praise across the world and fest goers at Black Arts Fest MKE will find out why. Black Arts Fest MKE is proud to announce that a woman who is referred to as more than a singer, but as an interpreter of the highest order, will grace the Johnson Controls World Music… [Read More]

Black Arts MKE announces youth performing arts summer camp

March 21, 2019

Black Arts MKE will offer an all day, four-week performing arts (musical theater) free summer camp for low income Milwaukee youth ages 12 to 18. Youth will be challenged to choose a story to adapt into a 45-minute musical theater performance, write the script, songs, audition, and rehearse the play. They will discover their unique… [Read More]

Black Arts Fest MKE; Joins lineup of ethnic festivals at Henry W. Maier Festival Park

May 10, 2018

Summer in Milwaukee got more exciting with the announcement of Black Arts Fest MKE, a new cultural festival to be held at Henry Maier Festival Park The festival will celebrate and showcase African and African American culture from noon to midnight on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Derek Tyus, Chief Investment Officer and Vice President of… [Read More]