PROCESS documents the development of the Outcomes articulated in the HomeWorks: Bronzeville charter. These Outcomes include the creation of customized creative live-work owner-occupied properties with artist property owners which will be rehabilitated from City foreclosures and vacant lots; identification of additional properties and artist property owners; procurement of manageable property loans for artist property owners with a rent-to-own option; attracting creative entrepreneurship businesses to own and occupy rehabilitated properties; and creating year-round, arts-focused, sanctioned public programs on the interior and exterior of the properties in alignment with existing initiatives.
The documentation in PROCESS begins in Summer 2016 with our site visits to evaluate properties in the Bronzeville district. Work on the first live-work property, a rehabilitation/conversion of a two-story duplex into a single-family residence for Vedale Hill and his family, commenced in August 2017, was completed in late 2018, and the family moved into the house in early 2019.
HomeWorks: Bronzeville ARCH Program Presentation, February 2020
HomeWorks: Bronzeville Open House & Art Exhibition, August 2019
The First HomeWorks Bronzeville Project is Completed, December, 2018
4th Street House Update, Fall, 2018
4th Street House Construction Continues, Spring, 2018
Homeworks: Bronzeville featured in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March, 2018
4th Street House Construction Site Visit with City Staff, December, 2017
4th Street House Construction Site Visit, Fall, 2017
Homeworks: Bronzeville featured in Urban Milwaukee, August, 2017
4th Street House Design Drawings, August, 2017
ARCH Program Paperwork Signing, August, 2017
Homeworks: Bronzeville program launch featured in Urban Milwaukee, June, 2017
Neighborhood Walk with City Representatives, Summer, 2016
ARCH Program PresentationFebruary 5, 2020
Co-founder Vedale Hill presented the first HomeWorks: Bronzeville project, his house and studio in Bronzeville, at the Artist & Resource Collaborative Hub (ARCH) Community Meeting on February 5th. ARCH co-founder Alderwoman Milile A. Coggs hosted the event, which showcased the HomeWorks: Bronzeville project as well as the 5 points Art Gallery & Studios, both recipients of supportive grants from the ARCH program.
Images: Mikal Floyd-Pruitt
See Alderwoman Coggs’ Facebook posts about the event here and here.
A recent video by CBS news features Alderwoman Coggs discussing the ARCH program can be seen here.
Bronzeville Week 2019 Artwalk Open HouseAugust 10, 2019
HomeWorks: Bronzeville and artist Vedale Hill hosted an open house on Saturday, August 10th. The event was to celebrate the completion of our first live/work artist space at 2408 N. Vel R. Phillips Avenue, and was part of the Bronzeville Week 2019 Art Walk. The event included an art exhibition featuring work by Vedale Hill, Della Wells, Brandon Minga and others. We were joined by members of the Bronzeville neighborhood, Milwaukee artists and city officials to celebrate the opening of the city’s ARCH program-supported artist live-work residence.
Images by Wes Tank & Thurman Grant
For more information and list of events for Bronzeville Week 2019 visit these links:
City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
First HomeWorks Bronzeville project completed!December, 2018
Vedale Hill and Strong Blocks Manager Carl Quindel celebrate the completion of the remodel for the first HomeWorks: Bronzeville project, with the sign-over of the keys to the residence. The remodelled 2-story home located on Vel R. Phillips Avenue, near the corner of Meinecke Avenue will house Hill and his family.
4th Street House Fall 2018 Update
Vedale Hill and family visit the 4th Street house during the final phases of construction, reviewing the insallation of drywall and other finishes.