J. Byron Brazier is an artist-turned entrepreneur. In 2007, J. Byron moved into a vacant Pekin Cleaners plant at 48th and State Street and began to think about bringing back blues, jazz, gospel and other Bronzeville art and cultural history. Byron wanted to create something that would embody the integral role that music and the arts have always played in the fabric of Bronzeville. Since then, Byron established Heir Gallery, Inc., as the not for profit vehicle that would move Byron’s vision to reality.

In November of 2007, J. Byron founded the Heir Gallery with a dream to revitalize Bronzeville as an arts and cultural destination. His efforts to transform this dream into reality were realized with the renovation of a 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse located in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, where 41st and State Streets meet.

The Heir Gallery, Inc. was formed with partners from the Chicago Housing Authority, State of Illinois, the City of Chicago and several Aldermen, as well as a host of public and private entities who joined the efforts in support of the vision for an arts community in Bronzeville.

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