The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC) is the product of a unique collaboration between Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and First Stage. Both nationally recognized arts education programs were looking for more space in order to fully achieve their missions. In 2002, First Stage and MYSO formed a new nonprofit corporation, the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, jointly selected the building site, and launched a $12 million capital campaign. We opened our doors in January of 2005.
Our facility includes several large rehearsal spaces, nine studio rooms, two practice rooms, MYSO and First Stage's administrative offices, as well as a music library, costume shop, and storage space. All program space features state-of-the-art soundproofing and acoustic paneling.
At the heart of our building we have an open commons, a relaxation space where parents and students mingle and study.
Our mission is to provide the finest collaborative environment for:
-Supporting performing arts training and education for a diverse population of youth;
-Nurturing youth from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, instilling life-skills and inspiring a life-long appreciation for the performing arts;
-Serving as a resource for the entire arts and education community.
At the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, we work closely with our artistic partner organizations:
- Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra
- First Stage
- Festival City Symphony
- Milwaukee Children's Choir