University’s arts integration program receives state DPI award

JANUARY 22, 2018

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Video. 2017 Rural Awards Winner: Arts Integration Menomonie - A.I.M, a collaborative program, based at the University o fprogram at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, integrates the arts into the community and neighboring schools.

A UW-Stout program that integrates art into school curriculums and the community in Menomonie has received a statewide award from the Department of Public Instruction.

Arts Integration Menomonie , a grant-funded program in its fourth year, recently was one of eight projects honored with the DPI’s 2017 Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Schools, Libraries and Communities Award.

“We are honored and grateful to receive this award, and it serves as affirmation that our programs are having a positive impact. The work that we are doing through AIM is evidence that teaching through an art form makes learning come alive for students.  It is also evidence that Menomonie's teachers work tirelessly to impact on our children's futures. Teachers are the heart of education," Weiss said.

“The only way our rural communities can thrive is through intentional support and recognition of their importance to all of Wisconsin,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said. “Those who have worked on projects receiving this year’s rural awards demonstrate that support and the collaborative spirit that makes positive things happen for kids and communities. Their efforts make our rural communities vibrant places for children to learn.”