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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!

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1100 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
cafe & gallery hours:
Monday - Friday, 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 8am - 2pm
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

July 16 - September 30

Relations 2021 is Artist Marina Lee’s collective journey of change

“Our People, Our Natural Environment, and Our Governance are Connected. I choose to explore these connections to inspire and influence humans by respecting the truth of connection between earth and humans. This series begins with the intimacy and interdependence of our family connections. It has become a series inspired by the heartwarming honesty of children, the relationships amongst family and the study of the Book of Changes to help guide my understanding of these truths shared by humans. Even with disconnection, our families are interconnected. May we share, heal, and grow together.”

-Marina Lee

the Cafe

Open Monday - Friday, 7am - 2pm
Saturday, 8am - 2pm

“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


July 2021

July 16 2021 - September 30 2021

Relations 2021

Relations 2021 is Artist Marina Lee’s collective journey of change. “Our People, Our Natural Environment, and Our Governance are Connected. I choose to explore these...


September 2021

September 25 2021


Visit the Arts @ Large Community Center for Doors Open Milwaukee. Behind the Scenes Tours Free Art Activities for All Ages...

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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!

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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