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

April 22 2022 - June 30 2022

We Will March Forever

A Story of Youth Activism, Told by Youth Now Exhibition April 22 – June 30, 2022 We Will March Forever is an exhibition led by Arts @ Large Career Development Interns. The catalyst for this dynamic exhibition is the NAACP Youth Council and Commandos of the 1967-68 Open Housing movement. Through the disciplines of Podcasting, Business of Art, Youth Activism, and Digital Arts students respond to ideas that still resonate with them today from this remarkable time in history. We Will March Forever highlights the work this generation is doing to continue the legacy of those before them, while questioning what has changed and what racial/social justice issues continue to impact Milwaukee’s Black and Brown communities. Technology and Innovation Facilitators Nakeysha Roberts-Washington is the owner and director for Genre: Urban Arts, a local publishing company and educational consulting agency. Genre supports the needs of urban and BIPOC creatives. Adam Carr is an independent journalist, historian, artist, and community organizer. He works across a range of media and platforms as a writer, editor, photographer, filmmaker, public artist, dialogue facilitator, and guide for in-depth tours. Raachad Howard is the owner of Cream City Print Lounge. He has changed the way screen printing is looked at in the Midwest by providing the community with ways of expressing themselves on apparel and educating our youth on entrepreneurship in the city. Lilo Allen is the creative owner of Papyrus & Charms, a culturally conscious jewelry and lifestyle company. Her aim is to authentically represent her Afro-Caribbean roots through art, jewelry and poetry.

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


June 2022

June 04 2022

Tia Richards Book Launch Party

One day a magical journey into a garden of possibilities opens up a brighter world for Mara.  In her life she had found difficulty...


April 2022

April 22 2022 - June 30 2022

We Will March Forever

A Story of Youth Activism, Told by Youth Now Exhibition April 22 – June 30, 2022 We Will March Forever is an exhibition led...


June 2022

June 21 2022 - July 28 2022

Bridge Builders Summer Camp

June 21 – July 28 M T W Th | 8:30am – 1pm Free for students entering 3rd – 8th Grades.  The A@L summer...

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