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.

programs & resources
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

After School

Arts @ Large provides school-year, after school programs FREE to the community.  Students are immersed in art-making with local artists who guide them in building skills in visual, literary, performing and multimedia arts.  Artists engage 3rd – 8th grade students in art exploration activities that align with our quarterly Artist-in-Residence Cornerstones: Eco-Literacy, Career Development, Peacemaking and Civil Rights. 

Career Development

Arts @ Large engages Milwaukee’s high school students in a rigorous career development program that introduces them to “real life” work experience in art and design related fields. Our team collaborates with multiple of community partners, teachers, artists and industry professionals to provide opportunities for students to experience the full scope of designing a path to a successful career that explores their creativity and helps them contribute to building a strong community.

Summer Camp

Arts @ Large offers a summer camp rich with art-making and exploration of creativity, while promoting skill-building in teamwork with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.  Our summer camp themes align with our Artist-in-Residence Cornerstone (Technology and Innovation, Eco-Literacy, Peacemaking or Civil Rights).  Summer Camp is FREE for students entering 3rd – 8th grades. 


Arts4all is our mantra.  Life-long learning for students of all ages and abilities is what we are about.  Saturday workshops for the entire family, weekday adult workshops and master classes by artists-in-residence, performances and exhibitions for the community – all are designed to engage, promote continued education, and expand creativity.

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. 

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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