Featured Mission Partner

Our Mission Committee partners with several organizations to support the local community.  Each month, you can read about our featured partners in The Joyful Noise newsletter.


Woodland Pattern

Locally-run center has devoted its resources to the community for over 40 years


Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, Woodland Pattern got its start in 1980. Initially, their space was home to experimental theater troupes, Theater X, as well as a book shop and gallery focused on poetry and the arts. This cultural mix has, over the past 40 years, attracted performers, artists, readers and community members who come to Woodland Pattern to participate in and enjoy its rich cultural offerings.


As a poet- and artist-run nonprofit book center, gallery and performance space, Woodland Pattern presents over 350 programs and events each year that foster collaboration and exchange around the visual, performing, and literary arts.


To this end, Woodland Pattern supports small-press and DIY publishers, with a nationally-recognized collection of 25,000 titles of poetry, small-press literature and special edition content. Per their website, their contemporary poetry is the most comprehensive of its kind available for purchase in the United States.


Their space also welcomes artists to exhibit their work, perform, teach their craft, start a group or curate a show. The lifeblood of this organization is the commitment of its board, staff and volunteers who bring people together around a common interest: a love for all types of art and literature, and with that, a strong sense of community.


This organization could not exist without the generous contributions from people from Milwaukee and the surrounding region who donate their time, talents and resources to fuel this arts community. This is why Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church also supports Woodland Pattern, and looks forward to doing so for many years.


More information is available at woodlandpattern.org.