Woodland Pattern would not exist without the generous contributions of time and labor made by volunteers throughout our organization's history. 

Whether you are seeking knowledge or are simply interested in supporting your community, volunteering at Woodland Pattern can be a deeply rewarding experience.

After fifteen hours of service, volunteers are eligible for a 30% discount on all book purchases and free admittance to special events like our fall gala. We also offer volunteer work-exchanges to cover fees for workshops and master classes.



We believe in supporting writers and artists in our region through performance opportunities and are always excited to host community readings, events, and book-release celebrations both for individuals and groups from Milwaukee and the surrounding region. We also welcome those who are on tours or otherwise looking to visit our city. Please allow a minimum three-month lead time for scheduling events, and be in touch even earlier to ensure promotion in our print materials. Our calendar fills quickly, but we will do our best to accommodate you. For inquiries, please contact our Programming Director Michael Wendt.



While many of our exhibitions are internally curated, we encourage visual artists in our region to reach out about potential gallery opportunities. Please contact Art Director Marla Sanvick for exhibition-related inquiries.



Are you a poet or artist with a brilliant idea for a workshop? Tell us about it! We accept applications for course proposals on a rolling basis.


Start a group

Throughout the year, we host numerous writing and book discussion groups, and welcome new ideas from our community. If you'd like to start a new community group, please contact our Education Director Alexa Nutile.



Several of our longest-running series—including aCinema, Alternating Currents Live, and Formations—are organized and run by community curators. If you're interested in starting up something new and exciting at Woodland Pattern, please contact Programming Director Michael Wendt.


We acknowledge that in Milwaukee we live and work on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee homelands along the southwest shores of Michigami, part of North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, and Mohican nations remain present. 

We further acknowledge the grave evil colonialism introduced to these lands ​through genocide as well as slavery, and also via racist and xenophobic ​beliefs, laws​, and practices that continue to inflict harm upon Black, brown, and Indigenous lives. We honor those who have lived—and do live, now—at these intersections of identity and experience, and are committed to the active dismantling of white supremacy.

Read our statement on racial justice

720 E. Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 414 263 5001

Hours: Tues–Sun | 12-7 pm

Closed Mon

Building Accessibility: Despite the age of our physical location, and attendant limitations to access, Woodland Pattern is committed to making its programs and facilities available for as many as possible. Please call for more information.

Events Accessibility: Woodland Pattern is able to offer captioning services for its online events and with advanced notice can provide ASL interpretation for live events. Please contact us with accommodation requests and questions.

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