Board of Directors

Paula Kiely
Board Chair
Milwaukee City Librarian (Retired)
Samantha Pekarske
Vice Chair

Community Member


Mary Gute Witte

COA Youth & Family Centers


Steve Dittman

Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association


Janine Arseneau

Grandmothers Beyond Borders Founding Member


Vince Bushell

Riverwest Currents, Inc.


Portia Cobb

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Greg L. Flegel
Community Member
Matthew J. Hills

DeWitt LLP


Ed Krishok

Urban Ecology Center


Ck Ledesma

Milwaukee Arts Board 2022 Artist of the Year


Howard Leu

ArtFluent, LLC


Margaret Rozga

Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2019–2020


Nakeysha Roberts
Genre: Urban Arts


Jenny Gropp &
Laura Solomon
Executive Directors


Michael Wendt
Programming Director
Antonio Vargas-Nieto

Assistant Programming Director


Alexa Nutile
Education Director


Marla Sanvick
Art Director
Chuck Stebelton
Interim Book Center Manager


Molly Hassler

Executive Assistant


Teaching Artists


LaDasia Bryant
Ajamou Butler
George Jones
CJ Scruton



Karl Gartung


Nomka Enkhee
Ping Pong Book Club

Roberto Harrison 
Unwriting Borders Poetry Series 
Jay Mollerskov 
Formations Series for New & Improvised Music 
Hal Rammel 
Alternating Currents Live Concert Series 
Takahiro Suzuki 
aCinema Film Series 
Janelle Vanderkelen 
aCinema Film Series

Volunteers & Interns

Frischa Aswarini, Mya Bailey, Penelope Bowles, Caroline Calvano, Bill Embly, Jean Eske, Erin Fagan, Sophia Grapsas, Austin Greenberg, Curtis Hicks, Bryana Lissete Juarez, Lee Judilla, Tim Knapp, Oliver Krawczyk, Ae Hee Lee, Hunter Lewinski, Egle Liutkaityte, Rachel Lyons, Elise McArdle, Hailey McLaughlin, Alex Niemi, Sabine Peterka, Amy Pfile, Joey Reindl, Jacob Sindic, Rachel Skenandore, Wyethe Smallish, Jess Stanfield, Justin Stephani, Kristen Tetzmann, Allison Thompson, Addie Thornsbury, Miranda Trimmier, Genevieve Vahl, Kayla VanProoyen, Gillian Waldo, Dalyn Ward, Ed Werstein, Yuchen Zhao

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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