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


Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) is seeking local organizations or community partners to collaborate with its P.A.I.N.T. (Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers) program.  P.A.I.N.T. partners local organizations (for profit or non-profit) with UW-Stout Early Childhood Education and/or Art Education students. Participating organizations will collaborate with university education students in 40-hour “internships” over the course of a semester, empowering pre-service teachers to observe, assist, and practice teaching in specialized (preferably arts-based) programs. This collaborative partnership between the university and the community organization will provide pre-service teachers with an authentic teaching practicum, which providing the community organization with free arts classes for its participants.  Non-profit organizations may receive funding for program supplies, depending on the number of pre-service teachers involved and the arts supplies needed/requested. 

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 programs.  These partnerships expose pre-service teachers to authentic teaching opportunities (preference to those integrating the arts) in order to:

  • Increase the competence, confidence, and well-being of pre-service teachers
  • Retain pre-service teachers in the career

A.I.M. PROMOTES           

  • Community organizations that provide authentic teaching experiences to pre-service teachers.
  • Community organizations that assist in arts-based teaching and learning.
  • Development of new ideas around potential teaching practicums for college students learning to teach in and through the arts.
  • Using innovative practices of collaborative teaching and networking among pre-service teachers and community partners.
  • Deepening a collaborative relationship among the community and the university.


  • Arts integration experiences have been linked to academic achievement
  • Students in arts integration environments experience artistic development, self-expression, creativity, imagination, problem solving, self-confidence, and motivation, providing them with the skills and habits of mind that will be needed in future careers
  • 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 will 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 Pre-Service Teacher is:

  • An undergraduate student pursuing a teaching degree from UW-Stout in Early Childhood Education or Art Education


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

    • Hosting a pre-service teacher from the UW Stout Art Education or Early Childhood Education program as matched by A.I.M.'s PAINT Coordinator.
    • Supporting pre-service teacher interns in 40-hour “internships”, monitoring the planning and teaching of arts classes.
    • Providing feedback and reflection.


      Contact Grace Rogers
      P.A.I.N.T Coordinator, Arts Integration Menomonie
      Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
      205 Main Street
      Menomonie, WI 54751
      (715) 235-0001

      Jeanne Styczinski
      P.A.I.N.T. Installation Coordinator, Arts Integration Menomonie
      University of Wisconsin- Stout
      118 Heritage Hall
      Menomonie, WI 54751
      (715) 225-9527


      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.  The A.I.M. organization adheres to the following job applicant policies and procedures:

      • All applicants will be notified of acceptance/non-acceptance within approximately 15 business days, following their application submission.
      • Applications will be considered as “active” for 6 months following the original application date.


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