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.
Cory L. Nettles
Managing Director Generation Growth Capital, Inc
Chair, Program Committee
Vice President Supplier Diversity
WEC Energy Group
Eric L. Conley
Executive Vice President
Froedtert Health and President Froedtert Hospital at Froedtert Health
Grady L. Crosby
Chair, Finance Committee
Vice President, Public Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, and President Johnson Controls Foundation Johnson Controls, Inc.
Dr. Joan M. Prince
Executive Strategies Elite
Director of Strategic Commercialization and Partnerships
Gregory M. Wesley
Chair, Governance Committee
Senior Vice President Strategic Alliances and Business Development Medical College of Wisconsin
Steven D. Zimmerman
Spectrum Nonprofit Services, LLC
Anthony E. Woods
Anthem Inc., President & Chief Executive Officer, AmeriGroup
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.
Partner, Ret. Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
President People's Energy
BAMKE By The Numbers
Youth and their families served
Hours of arts education and outreach programming impacting 11 MKE aldermanic districts and representing 14 zip codes
Average Operating Budget (three-year operating budget average; including pandemic year)
Elementary students attend free performances of Black Nativity each year.
Local artists of color hired by BAMKE (1099s = $240K in 2019) for public performances, arts education and outreach
16% Government, 42% Foundations, 29% Corporations, 13% Individuals (Average Donor Impact 2014-2020)