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

Ever wonder what goes into making a film? Interested 9th-12th grade students are invited to apply for a paid internship that takes them on a journey of creative exploration and professional experiences. The goal of this year’s cohort is to shoot a short film. Interns will have the option of selecting one of five tracks. Each track is paired with local industry professionals. Tracks include: Digital arts, Fashion Design, Writer’s Room, Filmmaking and Business of art. All interns will receive financial literacy and resume and networking sessions. We are accepting 5 students per track. Each intern will earn $11.65/hour. Internship Commitment: Oct 4th 2022 – April 25th 2023, every Tuesday from 4pm – 6pm and 1 Saturday per month from 10am -12pm.


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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January 20 2023

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March 2023

March 31 2023

Exhibition Closing – RITUALS + VESSELS

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March 2023

March 25 2023

2023 Student A.I.R. Academy – Session 2

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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