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
cafe & gallery hours:
Mon .......... 7am - 2pm
T/W/Th .... 7am - 5pm
Fri ............. 7am - 2pm
Sat ............ 8am - 2pm
Sun ........... Closed
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

October 15 2021 - December 31 2021

Current Exhibition – Pulling at Strands by Melissa Dorn

Pulling at Strands History, Feminism, and the Everyday   Melissa Dorn works to create experiences both in her art and in her teaching, that momentarily transport people, making space for creating and for change from within. Because of this it was important to her that the exhibition include works from artists working with similar themes that were also former students of hers, creating a space for conversation between the varied works and experiences. We hope you will join the conversation.  

the Cafe

Mon .......... 7am - 2pm
T/W/Th .... 7am - 5pm
Fri ............. 7am - 2pm
Sat ............ 8am - 2pm
Sun ........... Closed

“The Arts @ Large Café is an inviting, airy, and artful addition to Walker’s Point. Operating under the roof of the Arts @ Large cultural incubator, the Café is a pleasant place for breakfast and lunch with a vibe that feels more family business than institutional.” – Shepherd Express

Upcoming Event


December 2021

December 18 2021

Make Pinecone Gnomes with Carmen Aponte

Join Carmen Aponte as she teaches us a step-by-step process to create our own gnomes out of pinecones. Your pinecone gnomes will make for...


December 2021

December 17 2021

Sacred Garden Open Mic

Bring your best work to share during our quarterly youth open mic night. FREE | Cafe Open...


December 2021

December 11 2021

Music Under the Stars featuring Abraxes Rockin’ Holiday

Music Under the Stars featuring Abraxes Rockin’ Holiday Tickets $7 at the door – General Admission Join Abraxes for a 2nd holiday concert as...

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