Arts @ Large begins transformation of historic building into new community center

Arts @ Large has announced that it will kick off the renovation of its new Walker’s Point home next week.

Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderman José Perez and the Arts @ Large Board of Directors will be on hand on Tuesday, June 5 at 9 a.m. to celebrate the transformation of the history Patrick Cudahy Building, 1100 S. 5th St., into a new community center that will help the organization better serve the thousands of Milwaukee Public Schools students, teachers, families, artist educators and community members it works with each year.

We took you inside the building and its history last autumn in this Urban Spelunking installment.

The new space will allow Arts @ Large to create a student art gallery, art studios, a training center, conference rooms, office space for itself but also for other area nonprofits and small businesses, a public event space, a cafe and a catering kitchen.

“Arts @ Large Board and staff are incredibly excited to announce the construction kick-off of our historic building renovation project,” said Founder and CEO Teri Sullivan.

“We are incredibly excited to revitalize this building and honor its history as a vibrant community center.”

The nearly $6 million project is being funded with more than $1 million in private contributions, as well as with New Markets Tax Credits and Federal and State Historic Tax Credits.

Arts @ Large continues to raise funds and is still working to gather about $1.4 million for the community center project, which was designed by TKWA Architects and is being built by Catalyst Construction.

The plan is to complete the project by the end of this year, with a soft opening expected next April and a public grand opening to follow in July 2019.

As part of the project, students from nearby Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School are shadowing the architects and contractors and will participate in the building’s renovation. They will learn about real estate and financing, conceptual planning, architectural drawings, bidding and proposal processes, green infrastructure, construction processes, building inspection and more.

“The funds from PNC Bank’s nearly $2 million NMTC equity investment will also help energize the community with a fresh, new space for residents to enjoy and where early stage not-for-profits can grow. Additionally, the PNC Foundation has supported Arts @ Large with several educational grants to encourage arts-integrated curriculum for several thousand Milwaukee Public Schools students.”

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