Historic former Harambee cinema could house art studio, other uses

A former movie theater in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood would house an art studio and other new uses under plans filed with city officials.

The former Grand Theater, 2917-2923 N. Holton St., would feature Power Art Studios on the first floor.

“Power Art Studios will first operate as a workspace. Then we will open it to the public for community workshops and classes,” reads the proposal from Luis A. Lugo, who operates Power Property Management Inc.

“Eventually we will partner with schools and offer youth internships and mentor students. We will host and coordinate gallery nights/exhibitions to showcase the work of the people,” said the proposal, filed with the city Department of Neighborhood Services as part of an occupancy permit application.

The city-owned building is listed for sale by the Department of City Development for $15,000. Its sale would need Common Council approval.

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