University’s arts integration program receives state DPI award

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

JANUARY 22, 2018
ARTICLE BY: jerry poling,
UW-STOUT NEWS BUREAU, DUNN COUNTY NEWS

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.

Organized through UW-Stout’s School of Education, specifically the art education program and early childhood education program, AIM partners with the Menomonie school district and community organizations.

AIM supports and honors emerging and early career teachers, providing them with arts opportunities in which they can explore and learn to engage students and impact their own teaching competence, confidence and well-being, said Assistant Professor Tami Weiss, AIM director and director of UW-Stout’s art education program.

“From large-scale art installations in school buildings to one-on-one support in classrooms with professional teaching artists, the AIM partnership promotes collaborative models of learning to teach through an art form,” Weiss said.

“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.

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“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.”