Arts @ Large began as, and still is, devoted to equity in education.  We believe every student deserves an education that includes the arts.  That is why we approach our work with children and youth through multiple channels – in school, after school, with partner organizations and at our hub, the A@L Community Center.  We provide opportunities for K-12 students to work side-by-side with local artists in their schools and in after school and Saturday programs throughout the City and at our Community Center.  Our Career Development program provides youth opportunities to build skills in art and design related work that prepares them for the future, and we give youth the resources to create their own exhibitions and performances.

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Working as an intern at Arts @ Large has been an amazing experience. Being here has opened my eyes to the way art can help a person in their struggles.
Anessia Johnson, Career Development Intern

Career Development

The Arts @ Large Career Development Program is a paid internship for Milwaukee Public High School Juniors, Seniors, and recent graduates to develop their art practice and learn employable skills from professional creative mentors. The 2023-24 Career Development Cohort welcomes interns from Bay View High School, Reagan IB, Golda Meir, Bradley Tech, MacDowell Montessori, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Arts @ Large’s Career Development Program is supported by the Komatsu Mining Foundation, Milwaukee Public Schools, Renaissance Construction, Rockwell Automation, and the We Energies Foundation.

Summer High School Internships – Applications Due by May 22nd

Arts @ Large Art Internship sponsored by MKEREC – Arts @ Large is seeking 4 art interns who will work directly with the program team to develop their artistic practice. Some highlights of the program are a chance to:

  • Exhibit collaborative work for Gallery Night MKE
  • Lead Gallery Tours
  • Participate in artist-lead workshops
  • Attend field studies at other art spaces in Milwaukee
  • Develop collaboration, communication, and presentational skills


Learn More and Apply Here


Arts @ Large Summer Arts Camp Internship – Arts @ Large is seeking day-time Summer Camp High School Arts Interns [ages 15-18, Must be currently enrolled in an MPS high school (or graduated from an MPS school in May of 2024)] to support the Camp Coordinator and Camp Artists in leading 12-15 campers (ages 7-14) in daily summer camp activities. This includes visual arts, theater, sculpture, and drumming.


Learn More and Apply Here

Summer Camp

2024 Arts @ Large Viewfinders Summer Camp – Registration Opens 4/2/24

In photography, a viewfinder is a small window the photographer looks through to see what a photo will look like before they capture it. When we look at a piece of art we are often tempted to try and see the work through the creator’s viewfinder.

At the A@L Viewfinders Summer Camp young artists will explore multiple arts mediums, perspectives, and careers in the arts to inspire them to use their personal viewfinder. These young artists will stretch the boundaries of the learning process and become immersed in creative flows of various art forms and the meaning of their works.

Registration is FREE thanks to funders MKE REC and Bader Philanthropies. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily.

Location: All activities are held at the Arts @ Large Community Center, 1100 S. 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Art Mediums: Sculpting, Drums, Visual Art, and Theater

Schedule: Camp begins on Monday June 24, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude on Thursday July 25, 2024 (Note: There will be no camp on Thursday July 4, 2024); There will be a total of 19 sessions. Activities are held 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week Camp is in session. (Orientation will be 6/22/24 @ 10:30am)


  • Arrival: 8:00 – 8:25 a.m.
  • Student arrival, parent sign in, and breakfast
  • Session #1: 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Session #2: 9:20 – 10:05 a.m.
  • Lunch: 10:10 – 10:55 a.m.
  • Session #3: 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Session #4: 11:50 am – 12:35 p.m.
  • Dismissal, parent sign out: 12:40 – 1:00 p.m.


Camper Eligibility:

  • Your child (or children) must live in Milwaukee County.
  • Your child (or children) must be entering 3rd to 8th grade in the upcoming 2024-25 school year.


This year, we are accepting 50 campers total. Each camper will participate in all four classes offered over the 5-week session. With limited capacity we ask that your camper be available for no less than 17 of the 19 sessions. Consideration and acceptance for camp is on a first come – first serve basis of application submission.

For any questions, please contact Phillip Salat, Director of Programs: | 847-404-7200.

Sacred Garden

Sacred Garden is a youth-focused open mic, created by and for Milwaukee’s young people.  This unique format amplifies the voices of youth artists who use the Arts @ Large Gallery stage to share stories, music and more. While adults are welcome to enter the space, youth are at the center and always heard first. The creators and coordinators of Sacred Garden work to create a space where youth can be authentically themselves, and they do not condone racism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other hate speech on the stage. 

A.I.R. Academy

A.I.R. Academy is your 3rd-8th grade young artist’s FREE opportunity to try out different art mediums to find their passion and to begin their journey as a future Artist in Residence.

Fall 2023 Art Mediums:
Upcycled Fashion

Spring 2024 Art Mediums:
Film Making
Movie Make-Up

Spring A.I.R. Academy is now waitlist only.

Please send any questions to A@L Program Manager, Phillip Salat, at

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June 2024

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Join us as we celebrate the closing of La Familia de Arte’s spring residency, Breath Exchange.

Through Arts @ Large programs, my students become experts on our local environment and will be able to share their expertise with adults and other community members.
Kristen Steinbach, Educator