ABOUT US

Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) is an organization that encompasses collaborative partnerships among the University of Wisconsin-Stout (Art Education and Early Childhood Education programs), the School District of the Menomonie Area, and the Menomonie arts community.

A.I.M. promotes arts integration practices, collaborative models of learning to teach, and mindfulness for these purposes:

  1. To enhance teacher competence, confidence, and well-being.
  2. To improve the retention of pre-service teachers and early career teachers within the teaching profession.

collaboration and applied learning

A.I.M. offers programs in which pre-service teachers and career teachers have access to many applied arts learning and teaching opportunities in Menomonie's schools, university, and community.
EXPLORE.  Teachers EXPLORE various art forms in collaborative learning and teaching experiences. 
TRANSFER.  Teachers can then TRANSFER those arts skills by integrating them into their teaching practices and curriculum independently with students. 
REFLECT.  Teachers REFLECT on the impact of the arts integration teaching experience(s) on their competence, confidence, and well-being (happiness).

Pictured above:  "Arts Night" with Mrs. Bossany and her Kindergarters, as they enact their stories and sing with Teaching Artist, Mr. Beau.  This is A.I.M.'s C.I.T.A. program: Co-teaching In and Through the Arts.

Pictured above:  "Arts Night" with Mrs. Bossany and her Kindergarters, as they enact their stories and sing with Teaching Artist, Mr. Beau.  This is A.I.M.'s C.I.T.A. program: Co-teaching In and Through the Arts.

Our mission

TO ENHANCE TEACHER COMPETENCE, CONFIDENCE, AND WELL-BEING
BY TEACHING THEM HOW TO INTEGRATE ARTS PRACTICES IN THEIR CLASSROOMS.

Our VISION

TO IMPROVE THE RETENTION OF TEACHERS IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION BEYOND THEIR FIRST FIVE YEARS

TO CELEBRATE AND HONOR THE TEACHING PROFESSION

TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO BECOME TEACHERS

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Our Values

WE VALUE:

THE TEACHING PROFESSION
"At the Heart of Education is the Teacher."

THE ARTS
The arts are a universal language through which we can reach and teach each other in meaningful ways. 

APPLIED LEARNING
Teachers freely explore various forms of art so as to experience joy in art making, personally and with students. 

COLLABORATION
Teachers experience teamwork and support as they plan, practice, and reflect on new ways of teaching. 

MINDFULNESS
Teachers learn mindfulness practices to support their own well-being in order to best support students.

DREAMS
If you believe in something with your heart and mind, dreams can become reality. 
 

OUR PARTNERSHIPS

A.I.M.'s partnerships grew out of a shared commitment toward collaborative and sustainable arts-integrated teaching experiences. A.I.M. aspires to increase the competence, confidence and well-being of pre-service teachers and early career teachers by establishing and sustaining collaborative arts teaching/learning partnerships and experiences :

  • Within university programs (UW-Stout Art Education, Early Childhood Education, and Studio Art programs).
  • Between the university and the PK-12 school district  (UW-Stout and the School District of the Menomonie Area).
  • Among the university and community organizations (UW-Stout and the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts and/or the Menomonie Community).
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University of Wisconsin - Stout

There are many unique attributes about UW-Stout, including its polytechnic status and high quality teacher education programs.  The Early Childhood Education and Art Education programs are among the largest in the state. UW-Stout is the first Baldrige award recipient for higher education. The university is known for its emphasis on applied learning, and it has a high job placement rating among all of its programs (97%).

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school district of the menomonie area

The School District of the Menomonie Area is part of a diverse community, dedicated toward preparing ALL students to become lifelong learners, caring individuals, and responsible citizens.  The district provides formal arts instruction in music and visual art classes through grades 8.  There are five elementary schools within the district,.  These schools are: Knapp Elementary, Oaklawn Elementary, River Heights Elementary, Wakanda Elementary, and Downsville Elementary. 

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mabel tainter
center for the arts

The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts is a community and national treasure, having recently been named by CNN as one of the 15 most spectacular theaters in the world. MTCA is a non-profit organization that strives to strengthen and connect the community by engaging people in the arts. In addition to providing its own programming, MTCA partners with many community organizations. The center offers a full performing arts season. 

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