Our premiere Career Development Program hosts paid student internships each year that challenge students to explore multiple career pathways.

  • Arts Administration
  • Youth Activism
  • Environmental Justice
  • Cafe and Business Leadership
  • Digital Arts
programs & resources
A student receives on-the-job training as part of a career development program
Students collaborate during a field trip activity at Arts @ Large
Photo of a mosaic assemblage piece
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

The A@L FREE After School Program is a space for students to become immersed in the creative flow of a variety of art forms; Visual Art, Music, Dance, Theater, Literacy, and Multimedia Art. Students will be guided to utilize the art process to connect to the A@L Cornerstones; Eco-Literacy, Career Development, Civil Rights, and Peacemaking. Sessions will be facilitated by Milwaukee’s most talented artists.

  • After School Program runs from February – June 2022
  • Activities are held 4 PM – 6 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
  • All activities are held at the A@L Community Center, 1100 S. 5th Street
  • Registration requested by February 1st, or if drop-in registration can be made at the door
  • Students currently enrolled in 3rd-8th grades are welcome



Career Development

Arts @ Large engages Milwaukee’s high school students in a rigorous career development program that introduces them to “real life” work experience.  Our team collaborates with multiple 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.

Bridge Builders Summer Camp

June 21 – July 28, 2022
M T W Th | 8:30am – 1:00pm
Free for Students Entering 3rd – 8th Grades | Applications Due June 7th
This year Arts @ Large summer camp is centered around the theme of Bridge Builders. Using our Cornerstone of Peacemaking, participants will explore how a variety of art forms can serve as a bridge between conflict and resolution. The Arts @ Large Peacemaking Cornerstone provides an opportunity to encourage self-respect, respect of differences, and social responsibility, while also providing skills and processes that help peacefully manage conflicts. Peacemaking in art encourages the active and open expression of ideas, as well as creating innovative solutions to social challenges.


arts4all is our way of saying “everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the arts!” On Saturdays, the A@L Community Center comes alive with art activities for the whole family. Local artists guide participants to explore their creativity in visual art, music, dance, theatre and the literary arts. Throughout the year, we host workshops that encourage life-long learning using a variety of art forms. arts4all experiences are free or low cost for participants – all made possible by generous contributions to Arts @ Large from Foundations, corporations and individuals.

Sacred Garden

Sacred Garden is a youth-focused open mic founded and hosted by artists Symone Leonard and Michaela Lacy. Our mission is to create a platform that amplifies the voices of artists in Milwaukee, specifically youth participants of color. Our space welcomes all ages and all art forms to share stories, pieces, and more. While adults are welcome to enter the space and grace our stages, the youth are centered and always heard first. We work to create a space where young folks can be authentically themselves without being policed and restricted by adultism. We do not condone racism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other hate speech on our stages. 

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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