• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 29

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
June 17 -28

Poetry Camp!

June 20

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music


EXCITING NEWS! We received funding to hire a paid high-school student intern for our Summer Youth Poetry Camps and our Community Learning Center after-school programs with partner schools. Poetry Camps are held during the last two weeks of June, and interns would be paid for training for that work as well as for some extra hours of help at the CLC programs. The intern must be a City of Milwaukee resident or an MPS student. Visit mkerec.net/artsinterns for the full application, guidelines, and position description from the city, and email our Education Director Alexa Nutile at alexan@woodlandpattern.org for more details from us.

Inter-Arts Poetry Camp

Registration for Woodland Pattern's Poetry Camp is now open!

June 24th - 28th, 8:30am-3:30pm. 

Camp includes breakfast, lunch, workshops, and field trips each day!

(open for students in grades 6-12)

Download these forms for more information. 

2019 Poetry Camp Welcome Letter

2019 Poetry Camp Registration Form

Woodland Pattern's Poetry Camp is a FREE five-day inter-arts camp serving youth entering grades 6-12. Poetry camp is June 24-28 from 8:30am-3:30pm. Each day includes breakfast, two hours of focused writing, workshop with guest artist, lunch, and a field trip.

Encouraged to think critically, students respectfully engage with one another's ideas by creating collaborative poems and critiquing each other’s writing. Writing teachers, who are also working artists, present poetry from a wide range of literary traditions and cultural and artistic backgrounds by facilitating discussion to identify techniques, aesthetic choices, and structural components, thus employing active learning techniques. Instructors focus on each student's work with attention to language skills and artistic intent. As students learn clear criteria for evaluating writing, they strengthen communication skills and are inspired to work with language.

Guest artist workshops activate connections between writing and other arts. For example, in a drum circle, students learn how rhythms work together, how words carry rhythm and how rhythm affects writing. Each day also includes a visit to a community organization, such as Milwaukee Art Museum or Lynden Sculpture Garden. Often, these field trips include hands-on learning experiences, such as screen-printing their poetry on t-shirts at Split Fountain Press. Notebooks in hand, students investigate the environment, write, and share their writing.

On the last day of camp, families and friends come to Woodland Pattern to hear the youth read their writing. Students challenge their verbal skills, using their newly acquired performance tools to build self-confidence. Students receive a group anthology, an audio recording of their writing, and books from the Woodland Pattern bookstore to build their home libraries so they can continue building creativity and language skills year-round.

Youth Literary Arts program

For 18 years the Youth Literary Arts Program has worked with Milwaukee Public Schools and youth-enrichment organizations like UWM Talent Search to bring multi-arts education to students who may not otherwise have access to it. With our strong network of artists and writers developed over the years, we are able to offer hands-on, multi-arts education year-round.

The YLAP provides year-round humanities, arts, and literature programming to MPS students. The YLAP currently serves Riverwest Elementary School and Hopkins Lloyd Community School students during community learning center hours throughout the school year and in the summer. In a series of themed projects that build upon one another, students read and discuss literature and create writing and artwork pertaining to multiple topics in the humanities exploring identity, heritage, and culture. The YLAP also host inter-arts summer poetry camp. Camps include meals, workshops, guest artists, field trips and a student led community poetry reading.

After-School and Summer Community Learning Center Hours

Both after school and summer community learning center hours consist of themed projects lasting 4-8 weeks. Students engage in hands-on literary activities to empower and develop their communication and critical thinking skills. Using literature to explore identity and a variety of humanistic ideals, students critically examine the world around them.

The program is designed to be versatile, intriguing, fun and educational. Projects include workshops such as:

  • I Write My Life: Illustrated Memoirs;
  • Animals, Bodies, and Movement: Exploring Poetic Forms; 
  • Food, Culture, and Edible Books;
  • Storytelling Through Song; and
  • Objects and Artifacts: History and Culture Through the Arts.

Our programming seeks to intentionally strengthen inter-student and student-to-staff relationships as well as help students better express themselves through writing, performance and the inter-disciplinary arts. 

Community Learning Center staff, guest artists, teachers, Woodland Pattern staff and students all complete the same activities and share together to develop relationships and build a sense of community.

for More information

If you have any questions, please contact Alexa, our Education Director, at alexan@woodlandpattern.org or 414.263.5001.