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 Career Development Program equips prospective art professionals with essential skills, mentorship, and exposure, enabling them to transition their passion into sustainable careers. This year, participants will focus on designing an installation for Arts @ Large’s Legacy Library.

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. 

2024 Summer Camp applications open in March 2024. Join our Mailing List to keep up to date.

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 FREE Art Classes for 3rd-8th graders. Young creatives will get the opportunity to try Rap/Poetry, Theater, and Upcycled Fashion to find their passion and begin their journey as a future Artist in Residence.

Saturdays 11/11/23 – 12/16/23 (No session on 11/25)*
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Arts @ Large Community Center – 1100 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Parent Orientation: 11/4 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Closing Ceremony (See what your young artist has created!): 12/16 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Registration Link

*Due to the free nature of this program, to maximize how many students can participate we require your young artist to commit to at least 4 out of the 5 sessions. (This does not include missed sessions due to illness, emergency, or other excused absences.)

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

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