Historically The East Side has been the epicenter of the creative movement in Milwaukee. Today the art, music and film scenes here continue to flourish, thanks in part to the presence of the UWM Peck School of the Arts, the Oriental Theatre, Black Cat Alley, the Summer Soulstice Music Festival, The Jazz Estate, Colectivo's Back Room and the many other arts and music venues in and surrounding our neighborhood.
Looking for live music? You're going to find several live music scenes packed into just a few blocks of this urban neighborhood.
You'll find art, film & theater in unexpected places on The East Side. For starters, that giant quiet building on Kenilworth, Prospect & Farwell is an art factory aka The Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Black Cat Alley is a new major arts destination and The East Side's very own street art gallery in a two-block private alley now an open gallery and public walkway between Kenilworth Blvd and Ivanhoe Place in the alley between the Oriental Theater on Farwell and Colectivo on Prospect. We've also got a film scene that includes a national gem: The Oriental Theater a popular host to the annual Milwaukee Film Festival.