Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM) is an organization developed around 2 major goals:

  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.


Through Arts Integration practices and collaborative models of teaching.

In order to better reach and teach students, teachers (and pre-service teachers) will integrate the arts into their teaching practices and develop collaborative and sustainable arts teaching/learning partnerships and experiences:

  • Within university teacher education programs: UW-Stout Art Education and Early Childhood Education programs
  • Between the university and school district: UW-Stout and the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA)
  • Among the university and community:  - UW-Stout and community organizations, including the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (MTCA)


Our mission

The University of Wisconsin-Stout (Art Education and Early Childhood Education programs and the School of Art & Design), in partnership with community non-profit arts organizations and the School District of the Menomonie Area, will support pre-service and early career educators by expanding and strengthening theoretical, experiential, and instructional methods through arts integration.

The A.I.M. organization is committed to improving educator recruitment, development, and retention through collaborative arts integration.   


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, after which the arts become an elective.  There are five elementary schools within the district, including three in Menomonie, and two in outlying areas of Downsville and Knapp.  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, an annual fine arts and crafts fair, a gallery store, outreach programs, community reads and literary events. 

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