What's Inside

Our Mission

To increase the availability and quality of African American arts and culture.

We execute our mission by:

Inspiring creativity in at-risk youth through culturally relevant arts programming

Providing MKE-based artists of color with employment, access, visibility, and development opportunities through high quality public performances

Strengthening community through engagement and quality arts partnerships

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of diverse community leaders who provide deep strategic value and strong fiduciary oversight. They all share a passion for the arts, youth development and culturally relevant programming for the entire community. 

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Cory L. Nettles

Board Chair

Managing Director Generation Growth Capital, Inc

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Jacqueline Herd-Barber

Chair, Program Committee

Community Volunteer

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Danielle Bly

Vice President Supplier Diversity

WEC Energy Group

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Eric L. Conley

Executive Vice President

Froedtert Health and President Froedtert Hospital at Froedtert Health

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Grady L. Crosby

Chair, Finance Committee

Vice President Enterprise ESG Northwestern Mutual

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Dr. Joan M. Prince


Executive Strategies Elite

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Gregory M. Wesley

Chair, Governance Committee

Senior Vice President Strategic Alliances and Business Development Medical College of Wisconsin

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Steven D. Zimmerman


Spectrum Nonprofit Services, LLC

Emeritus Board

Anthony E. Woods


Anthem Inc., President & Chief Executive Officer, AmeriGroup

Paul Mathews


Retired, President and CEO Marcus Performing Arts Center

Tonit M. Calaway

(2014 - 2019)

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary, BorgWarner Inc.

Mike Jones


Partner, Ret. Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

John Kordsmeier


Community Volunteer

Charles Matthews


President People's Energy

Tom Ellis


Community Volunteer


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BAMKE By The Numbers

Our Team