Schools & Teachers

Arts @ Large builds the confidence and competence of teachers to use the arts to engage students in dynamic educational activities.

  • Professional Development
  • Artist Residencies
  • School Beautification
  • School-Wide Performances
  • Field Trips
programs & resources
Two people working on a collaborative art project
Students enjoying an outdoor face painting demonstration
"Recognition Re-ignition" gallery at Arts @ Large
“I saw another side to my students. The culture and environment greatly improved as we got closer to the end [of the residency]. Students were excited to show what they had learned. This resulted in teachers and families getting excited too.”
K-8 Teacher

Professional Development

Arts @ Large offers an engaging professional development program that reveals new, exciting ways to use the arts to motivate students. We use the arts integration instructional methodology outlined in the book, Learning on Display: Student-Created Museums that Build Understanding.

  • Teachers participate in monthly professional development sessions with fellow educators.
  • Teachers learn new arts integration techniques and strategies.
  • Instructional Coaches guide teachers as they practice these new techniques in their classroom.
  • Teachers and students celebrate accomplishments with a school museum exhibits to share with classmates, families & friends.

Artist Residencies

Arts @ Large has a team of more than 100 artist educators in the greater Milwaukee area ready to provide your school with an innovative arts experience. Visual, literary, digital arts, dance, theatre, or spoken word, A@L is ready to create an artist residency that builds on the strengths of your school community.

The A@L team brings years of experience as teachers, school administrators and artists. Our highly qualified team of professionals helps your team identify themes and art media that will fully engage your students in arts-integrated learning.

Each residency comes with support from our Instructional Coaches to ensure learning targets are met. Our coaches ensure teachers are engaged in the process, and projects are implemented with fidelity, meeting the high standards you expect.

School Beautification

Arts @ Large works with a variety of community artists who specialize in school beautification projects that engage students, teachers and the community.

School entryways, hallways, and cafeterias, are all blank canvases that can be transformed into colorful representations of your school’s mission and values.

Outdoor installations on the front of your building, or unique sculptures on green spaces, bring attention to the vibrancy of your school – inviting students, teachers and visitors to explore the hidden treasures of your learning environment.

Arts @ Large school beautification projects begin with the ideas of your students, and culminate in the hands-on creation of installations designed and created by your school community, under the guidance of expert artists.

School-wide Performances

All-school performances bring your student body together in a community-building experience.

Arts @ Large coordinates events that engage your students, their families and staff. Our team will interface with your administrative staff to select the most appropriate theme, art form and timeframe. We take care of all the details – artists, technical (lighting and sound), set-up and pre-show information for your classrooms.

You can select:

  • Music performances from a variety of genres
  • Dance and Movement
  • Drumming
  • Theatre

We’ll make certain that all performances are accessible to the variety of needs your students may have.

Field Trips

The Arts @ Large Community Center, located in Walker’s Point in Milwaukee, is the perfect destination for school field trips. Field trip activities are uniquely created around current exhibitions using our state-of-the-art facilities.

Our facility is a welcoming place for students and teachers, complete with an exhibition gallery, two art studios and performance stage.

Your field trip will be tailored to meet the needs of every student. Activities will be:

  • age appropriate
  • universally designed to meet all learning and physical abilities and
  • engaging for students, using multiple art forms to experience thematic content.

Arts @ Large exhibitions transition quarterly, bringing in new content to discover and explore. Students will participate in research, analysis and art-making, using the exhibit to guide them. Performances by local artists can also be scheduled to entertain and spark creativity.

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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