P.A.I.N.T Community Partner Application


Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) partners with local organizations as part of its P.A.I.N.T. (Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers) program. UW-Stout Early Childhood Education and/or Art Education students participate in 40-hour “internships” over the course of a semester whereby they have opportunities to practice teaching in an arts-based class for the organization.  In turn, the community organization gains free arts classes (and art supplies) for its participants taught by skilled university students.  

The P.A.I.n.T program

P.A.I.N.T. (Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers) is a collaborative partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Stout and community organizations in which UW-Stout students gain authentic teaching opportunities through semester-long internships; and community organizations get free art classes for its participants.  By providing university students with hands-on arts teaching experiences, A.I.M. believes that we can:

  • Increase the competence, confidence, and well-being of pre-service teachers (university students studying to become teachers).

  • Retain pre-service teachers well into their teaching career (beyond 5 years).

A.I.M. welcomes          

  • Community organization partners that can provide authentic teaching experiences to pre-service teachers.

  • Community organizations that can ensure participants for arts-based classes.

  • The development of new ideas for arts-related teaching experiences by college students.

  • Collaboration among pre-service teachers and organization staff members to support interns and class participants.

  • Deepening the collaborative relationship among the Menomonie community and UW-Stout.


  • Arts integration experiences have been linked to academic achievement of children.

  • Students in arts environments experience skill development, self-expression, creativity, imagination, problem solving, self-confidence, and motivation- skills and habits of mind that will be needed in future careers and in life, in general.

  • Using an arts integration approach fosters engagement and interest in learning by students, increasing attendance and reducing behavioral problems in the classroom, thus making the teaching and learning experience more positive.

  • Teachers who engage in arts integration will have more tools to use to deliver their curriculum and engage students actively in learning, thus making teachers more confident in their teaching abilities.

  • Pre-service teachers who have access to more opportunities to practice teaching; to observe others teaching; to reflect on their experiences; and to receive feedback on their teaching have a smoother induction to the teaching profession.

  • Teachers who work collaboratively and have regular supportive communication with colleagues and administrators are more likely to stay in the profession.


Arts Integration is:

"An approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process, which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both."
 -Defining Arts Integration by Lynne B. Silverstein and Sean Layne, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

A P.A.I.N.T Intern is:

  • An undergraduate student pursuing a teaching degree (also called a pre-service teacher) from UW-Stout in Early Childhood Education or Art Education.


Expectations of the P.A.I.N.T. community organization include:

  • Hosting and supporting a pair of pre-service teacher interns from the UW-Stout Art Education or Early Childhood Education program arranged by A.I.M.'s P.A.I.N.T. Coordinator.

  • Working with the P.A.I.N.T. Coordinator to plan 40-hour internships that meet the needs and schedule of the organization.

  • Monitoring the planning and teaching of the arts internship.

  • Providing feedback and reflection.


Contact Tami Rae Weiss, PhD, Executive Director
Arts Integration Menomonie
118 Heritage Hall; Menomonie, WI
University of Wisconsin-Stout


It is A.I.M.'s policy to recruit and hire on an equal opportunity basis without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual preference, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.


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