Visit the Community Center

Arts @ Large is located in the historic Walker’s Point Neighborhood of Milwaukee. Visit us to grab a coffee in our cafe, view the current exhibition, or attend one of our many workshops!
1100 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
gallery hours:
MON/WED/THU | 12 PM - 3 PM
SAT | 8 AM - 2 PM
Photo of the cafe inside the Arts @ Large Community Center
A small crowd watches a performing arts exhibition
A group tours an art exhibition at the Community Center

Current Exhibit

the Cafe

Arts @ Large recently released an RFP (Request for Proposal) for organizations looking to activate our Café space and there is still time to submit! We’re encouraging all small local businesses and startups who would benefit from an incubator-type space to grow their business to submit a proposal.

All materials necessary to submit are detailed on page 10 of the RFP. These materials need to be submitted here.

Deadline to submit: 11:59pm CST, Sunday, January 29, 2023. You must submit all materials to the Google Form linked above. Any incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.

Please reach out to with any questions.

Upcoming Event

Arts @ Large Community Center at night
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History Book


The historic Patrick Cudahy building was constructed in 1890, featuring three commercial storefronts on its first floor and eight apartments on the upper two floors. Over the years, the building served the Walker’s Point neighborhood in a variety of ways, most notably as The Polish House which opened to the public in 1938 as a youth recreation and arts center. The site became a gathering space for kids of all nationalities – Polish, German, Greek, Norwegian, and Mexican and was in use almost every night for arts, theater, music, and community events.

With the help of foundations, corporations and individual contributions, New Market Tax Credits and Historic Tax Credits, Arts @ Large renovated the building into our new Community Center featuring a student art gallery, art studios, a café and catering kitchen, a training center and conference rooms, office space for Milwaukee area nonprofits and small businesses, and public space for weddings, parties, and events.

“There are few things more satisfying to me than seeing a beautiful old – and vacant – building get an overhaul and a new life with a new owner. When that new owner is a Milwaukee nonprofit that works every day to improve the lives of students? Double bonus.” – Bobby Tanzillo, writer for Urban Milwaukee

Venue rentals

With multiple spaces for rent, the Arts @ Large Community Center is the perfect location for your wedding, fundraiser, baby shower, corporate creative session, theater or music performance, or celebration of any kind!

  • In-house Catering, or Select Your Own Caterer
  • High-Tech Sound and Lighting
  • Baby Grand Piano
  • Stage, Gallery, Art Studio, Conference Center

Our newly renovated 1890s Patrick Cudahy building will make any event hard to forget!

Shop the Arts @ Large Marketplace

Arts @ Large Marketplace

Support Arts @ Large and artists in our local community by shopping the Arts @ Large Marketplace. Visit the Community Center to shop in-person or visit our Etsy shop online.

Arts @ Large was SUCH a beautiful and unique location for our wedding, and the staff did an amazing job orchestrating everything — I’d highly recommend it as an event venue! Everything was perfect.
Dawn Lindsey