New Arts Lab at the Peck School

Kenilworth 620 looks like an airplane hanger with the best view in town. In recent years the high ceilinged, steel-beamed room with big lake view windows on the top floor of UWM’s Kenilworth Square East (1915 E. Kenilworth Place) has been the sporadic site for performances of various sorts.

But at a Sept. 13 reception in the room, UWM Peck School of the Arts Dean Scott Emmons announced ambitious plans for the site on the strength of a $1 million donation from Jan Serr and her husband, John Shannon. Kenilworth 620 will now be called the Jan Serr Studio, a multi-purpose space, a “laboratory” in Emmons’ words, where each of the disciplines taught at the Peck School can be represented. It will also become a venue for performing arts groups in the greater Milwaukee area and a performance space for touring artists.

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