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The New BNAACC Project

After almost 50 years in temporary spaces, the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center will soon have its first permanent home on the Urbana campus, with plans for its new facility well underway.

Prompted by student-led protests, in the tradition of Project 500, the construction of the new BNAACC facility will complete the full vision of the call in 1969 for the creation of a black cultural center at the University of Illinois.

To date, the project has received approval to construct the new facility at the corner of Mathews and Nevada, re-establishing the corridor of cultural centers that include the Asian American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina, and Native American House. Campus leaders have promised $4.9 million to fund construction.

Since 2014, BNAACC has been temporarily located at 51 East Gregory Drive, Champaign. The new BNAACC is expected to open on Mathews in 2019, and will reflect Illinois’s commitment to the retention and success of African American students, and the vitality of campus life.

BNAACC Schematic Design and Feedback Survey (March 2017)

We are collecting your thoughts about the new Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) facility. This survey will take about 5 minutes of your time. If you have additional thoughts there is space at the end of the survey to make brief comments. Please complete this survey after attending the Design Proposal Feedback Session on Wednesday, March 1 or viewing the Schematic Design.

Design Narrative (PDF) | Schematic Design Photo Gallery | Design Proposal Feedback Survey Form

BNAACC Design Proposal Presentations

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (51 E. Gregory Dr., Champaign)
10:30 am to 12 pm — Faculty and Staff
12 to 1:30 pm — Students (Lunch will be provided)

You are cordially invited to see the design proposals for the new BNAACC building presented by Interactive Design Architects. Two sessions will be offered for faculty/staff & students but both are open to everyone.


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