Tuesday - By Appointment Only
Thursday - 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday - 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday, Monday - Closed
Arts @ Large is a non-profit organization that connects arts to academics through meaningful arts experiences for Milwaukee Public School (MPS) students. Arts @ Large was created in 2001 as an MPS district program with funds from the U. S. Department of Education. To maximize resources for MPS students, Arts @ Large became a nonprofit in 2005, engaging the funding community as partners in arts education for K-12 students.
Arts @ Large is the recipient of the
2012 Americans for the Arts
Arts Education Award
– a national award, the first presented to a Midwest organization – aligning A@L with groundbreaking organizations such as “The Big Thought” of Dallas and “Arts for All” of Los Angeles.
Over the past 12 years, Arts @ Large has built an exemplary program that links community artist educators and higher education with teachers and students to create an atmosphere of arts-infused learning. We strive to make arts education accessible for ALL students. In the 2011/2012 school year, Arts @ Large provided services for 22 Milwaukee school communities with 12,000 students and their families. A multitude of professional development opportunities were offered for nearly 1,000 educators and teaching artists. Moreover, we provided a needed boost to the local arts community economy by contracting with 114 artists (47% of which were people of color) to work collaboratively with teachers implementing more than 120 artist residencies. We provided ample art, music and multimedia supplies and field trips to a variety of local and regional community organizations, museums and performances to add value to targeted curricular-based programming.
Arts @ Large Vision:
Every child receives a comprehensive education that integrates the arts.
Arts @ Large will engage students, families, educators, artists and community partners in integrated arts programming.
Goals: With this mission in mind, we strive to meet goals that make arts education accessible for ALL students:
- Provide ongoing, quality arts experiences for students that build an arts-rich school climate and encourage the inclusion of art and music specialists in school staffing plans.
- Forge sustainable partnerships with artists, arts and community organizations to enhance in-classroom and after school learning, and motivate ALL students to higher academic achievement.
- Provide arts education experiences in an inclusive environment designed to motivate students with diverse learning and physical abilities.
- Help teachers build skills to integrate performing, visual, and literary arts into all subjects in a manner sensitive to the needs of a diverse student population.
Arts @ Large is one of 21 organizations featured in a report issued by the
President’s Committee on
the Arts and the Humanities
Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools, Washington, DC, May 2011.
Arts @ Large Services: Arts @ Large serves Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) students, teachers, and after-school educators by providing:
- Comprehensive arts programming for Arts @ Large schools. (3-year program led by school-based team. Team identifies an organizing theme, invites artists-in-residence and/or community arts organizations to offer supportive programming and integrates classroom instruction around the chosen theme.) Arts @ Large schools receive a multitude of services that build an arts-rich learning environment. Arts @ Large provides:
- Multi-disciplinary arts experiences for students that encourages partnerships between artist educators, community organizations, higher education and schools to create short and long-term project-based learning.
- Professional development for teachers through participation in higher education arts integration courses, on and off-site in-services and workshops.
- Substitute teachers that allow classroom teachers the opportunity to participate in visual, performing, and literary arts workshops.
- Art and music supplies for academic curriculum-based arts integration experiences.
- Transportation and admission fees for students and teachers to attend performances and exhibitions.
- Resources for students to create their own neighborhood and public exhibitions, and special events.
- Special project experiences for participating schools. (Limited term, focused projects.)
- Professional development for teachers and after school providers in connecting arts and academics.