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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Printing & Publishing

Mission: Woodland Pattern Book Center is dedicated to the discovery, cultivation, and presentation of contemporary literature and the arts. Our goals are to promote a lifetime practice of reading and writing, to provide a forum and resource center for writers/artists in our region, and to increase and diversify the audience for contemporary literature through innovative approaches to multi-arts programming. Woodland Pattern is the only arts organization in Milwaukee, Wisconsin presenting contemporary literature to the general public on a continuous basis.

Geographic areas served: City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, Riverwest Neighborhood (Milwaukee)

Programs: Urban Youth Literary Arts Program, providing free after-school arts programming to students in Milwaukee Public Schools and free summer arts camps that include field trips that expose students to the cultural and artistic breadth of their city. Native Arts Series, celebrating tradition and innovation among Native American writers. Visiting Writers Series, which brings in the brightest minds in contemporary poetry to give readings and/or presentations and teach masters classes for all ages. Small Press Focus, which allows the Milwaukee community to engage with cutting edge contemporary publishers in an intimate setting. Alternative Currents Live, in conjunction with WMSE (91.7 FM, Milwaukee), features avant-garde musicians from across the U.S. and the world; events are recorded and played in their entirety on WMSE the following week. Annual Poetry Marathon, last Saturday of January, 14 consecutive hours of readings by local and regional writers on the last Saturday of January. Annual Music Marathon, nine consecutive hours of music from local and regional musical talents. Annual Edible Books Show, community members turn their unique sense of the literary into something edible to share with the audience; awards are given in several categories. Experimental Film & Video Series, presented with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Film Studies. Redletter Reading Series, providing a spotlight for burgeoning regional writers and an open mic for dedicated local writers. An art gallery that features the work of artists from across the world, with a special focus on book artists. A book store that features one of the largest inventories of small presses, contemporary poetry, and Native American literature in the world.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Hal R.


Rating: 5

I've had the honor of curating Woodland Pattern's music programing for the past 17 years. Their embrace of all forms of artistic expression - writing, film, music, painting and drawing - is exemplary. Day by day, Woodland Pattern demonstrates that a commitment to local arts requires an eye and ear on artistic expression worldwide. Woodland Pattern brings the local arts community to the world and the world to our shared community in Midwest. - Hal Rammel