Teachers as change-makers

ArtsECO stands for Arts Education/Community Ecosystem. Centered out of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts Department of Art & Design, it develops teachers as change-makers. ArtsECO is backed by a strong and sustainable community of arts organizations, non-profits and K-16 school partnerships. The program recruits and develops thoughtfully engaged, social justice-oriented pre-service teachers and supports them as they grow into inspired mentors who integrate the arts into the classroom. The program develops teachers’ abilities to leverage and share the rich assets of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.


The Milwaukee Visionaries Project
Art and animation after school program free to City of Milwaukee Middle and High School students

Pre-College Art & Design Program
On-campus Art & Design classes for Milwaukee-area High School students

ArtsECO Interns
Paid opportunities for UWM Art Education and School of Education students at UWM and area non-profit arts organizations

ArtsECO Fellows
Support for UWM Art Education and School of Education students, and faculty who engage with the ArtsECO programs.

Teacher MeetUps
Monthly teacher workshops with varying arts/arts-integration themes

Summer Institute
Intensive summer course work and professional development series for pre- and in-service teachers on-campus and through UWM collaborations with Lynden Sculpture Garden

Arts Education/Community ECOsystem


The Milwaukee Visionaries Project (MVP)

Milwaukee Visionaries Project – or MVP – gives Milwaukee-area middle and high school students a chance to tell their stories through video and animation. Participants use industry-standard professional tools to create films that are submitted to the Milwaukee film festival each year. MVP has had several award-winning films featured in Milwaukee Film!

In Fall 2020 students meet via Zoom on Thursdays from 5-6:30pm. Email MVP if you are interested in participating.

Go to the MVP Website

Pre-College Art & Design Program

July 20-August 7, 2020

Online Registration – CLOSED – Check back next summer!

COVID-19 UPDATE: The summer 2020 program is following guidelines put forth from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for camps and youth programs. We will be:

  • ONLINE for synchronous (same time) studio classes as per our normal schedule
  • OUTDOORS for optional live art pop up events throughout the City of Milwaukee (cloth face coverings will be provided)
  • Individual art kits will be delivered to students homes and tech support will be provided as needed
  • MCTS bus passes for live events provided as needed
  • Scholarships available for ALL students. Scholarship applications are mailed in a paperwork packet AFTER registration.
  • PAID MPS HS Arts Internships for students age 16 or older who attend an MPS high school or have a City of Milwaukee zip code. Intern applications due: June 8, 2020


Scholarships are available for ALL students. Scholarship applications are mailed in a paperwork packet AFTER registration. Sliding scale per course: $15 MPS students, $50 non-MPS with scholarship, $85 non-MPS no scholarship; includes instruction, supplies/materials, bus pass as needed.

ArtsECO Pre-College provides college-preparatory art and design instruction to Milwaukee-area high school students. Students build their portfolio and art-making skills as well as venture into new media such as printmaking, sculpture or digital processes. Tied to admissions, this on-campus experience may lead students to college applications, first-year opportunities and scholarships!

In addition, check out these Milwaukee Area Arts-Related program opportunities for HS Students:

  • Check Back: Arts Opportunities for High School Students

UWM Students


The ArtsECO Internship program is for UW-Milwaukee students interested in teaching in and through the arts. Students are paired with an arts organization/program for semester-long paid experience in art and community-based education. Internships range from teaching/teaching assistance, museum/gallery education, art installation/archiving and arts administration. ArtsECO Interns attend mandatory orientation, training and debrief sessions before and after their semester of internship.

Fall 2020 ArtsECO Internships

Non-ArtsECO Opportunities

Interested in hosting a paid ArtsECO intern? Email


ArtsECO Fellows are UWM Peck School of the Arts Art Education and UWM School of Education students majoring in art education or seeking to integrate the arts into their education studies. Fellowships are awarded annually in New Student, Art Education Pre-Service, Art Education Student Teachers, ATCC or Part-Time UWM/Part-Time MPS and School of Education Arts Integration categories.

2020/2021 Fellows Applications have been awarded, 2020/2021 Fellows requirements include:

  • Arts Integration Bootcamp: Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 4:30-7pm via Zoom
  • Attendance to 2 ArtsECO Teacher MeetUps during 2020/2021
  • Submit an art/arts integrated lesson to the Annual ArtsECO Lesson Swap
  • Volunteer 5 hours in an art education program

ArtsECO Fellows Program Description

If you have questions about the Panther Scholarship Portal, reach out to Rebecca Christman at For questions about ArtsECO Fellows, email ArtsECO Fellows at

Click HERE for a database of ArtsECO Fellows art and art-integrated lessons, scroll down to Resources.



Teacher MeetUps are professional development and networking opportunities for Milwaukee area teachers who teach/are interested in teaching through the arts. They are open to any educator and no prior experience is needed. Each MeetUp has a different focus and includes instruction on a particular art tool/skill, opportunities to meet/network with other educators and time for teachers to make art. MeetUps occur monthly throughout the school year on a weekday evening.

2020/21 MeetUps – WE ARE BACK!

  • 20-21 MeetUp #4 – Contemplative Practices: Shannon Molter & Alanna Malloy (Tuesday, 12/8, 5pm on Zoom!)
2020/21 Meet Ups

Schedule & Resources
20-21 MeetUp #3 Resources – Teacher as Performer
20-21 MeetUp #1 Resources & Recording – Art Education Alumni Exhibition
20-21 MeetUp #2 Resources & Recordings – Radical Publishing

Meet Up Archive
2019/20 Meet Ups

Schedule & Resources
19-20 MeetUp Schedule
19-20 MeetUp #1 Resources – On the Wings of a Mariposa
19-20 MeetUp #2 Resources – Portraits of Milwaukee
19-20 MeetUp #3 Resources – Photographic Reflections
19-20 MeetUp #4 Resources – Contemporary Indigenous Art & Perspectives
19-20 MeetUp #5 Resources – Toward the Texture of Knowing
19-20 MeetUp #6 Resources – Art Build
19-20 MeetUp #7 Resources – Sherman Park Rising/Tia Richardson
19-20 MeetUp #8 Resources – Show, Share, Tell with Lynden

2018/19 Meet Ups

Schedule & Resources
18-19 MeetUp Schedule
18-19 MeetUp #1 Resources – Art & Urban Ecology
18-19 MeetUp #2 Resources – Serious Play
18-19 MeetUp #3 Resources – Therapeutic Art Making
18-19 MeetUp #4 Resources – Brilliant Sandbox

2017/18 Meet Ups

Schedule & Resources
17-18 MeetUp Schedule
17-18 MeetUp #1 Resources – Year of The Arts
17-18 MeetUp #2 Resources – Haggerty Museum of Art
17-18 MeetUp #3 Resources – Backstage Tour
17-18 MeetUp #4 Resources – Grant Writing/ Philanthropy
17-18 MeetUp #5 Time Lapse – Art Build
17-18 MeetUp #6 Resources – Self Care

2016/17 Meet Ups

Schedule & Resources
16-17 MeetUp Schedule
16/17 MeetUp #1 Resources – SLOs
16/17 MeetUp #2 Resources – Social Justice Curriculum Slam
16/17 MeetUp #3 Resources – Classroom Management, Grading, & High School Art
16/17 MeetUp #4 Resources – Bookmaking/Self-Care
16/17 MeetUp #5 Resources – Printmaking
16/17 MeetUp #6 Resources – Midwest Artist Studios Project
16/17 MeetUp #7 Resources – Writing The Galleries
16/17 MeetUp #8 Resources – 3rd Annual Celebration of Teachers

2015/16 Meet Ups

Schedule & Resources
2015/2016 MeetUp Schedule
15/16 MeetUp #1 Resources-Mining The Museum & 6-Word Memoir
15/16 MeetUp #2 Resources-Photo Transfer
15/16 MeetUp #3 Resources-DPI Fine Arts Assessment/SLOs
15/16 MeetUp #4 Resources & PPT-Disciplinary Literacy & Design Thinking
15/16 MeetUp #5 Resources-Scholars Lesson Exchange
15/16 MeetUp #6 Resources-Mindfulness & Community Building
15/16 MeetUp #7 Resources-Art & Industry, Silent Conversation
15/16 MeetUp #8 Resources & Etching Project – Digital Craft Research Lab
15/16 MeetUp #9 Resources-Lynden & Cyanotype

My Milwaukee Exhibition
ArtsECO partners regularly with The Milwaukee County Historical Society on a call for K-12 visual and literary works around themes related to Milwaukee (past, present and future). Works have been exhibited at the Historical Society since the Fall of 2016.

2014/15 Meet Ups

14/15 MeetUp #1 Resources-Self-care
14/15 MeetUp #2 Resources-Drawing with Technology
14/15 MeetUp #3 Resources-Printmaking for Social Change

My Milwaukee Exhibition 2020: Living History

2020 My Milwaukee Exhibition: Living History call for K-12 student work
My Milwaukee Optional Collage Lesson (video)
My Milwaukee Work Submission Form (deadline: Tuesday, December 22, 2020)
Tips for Digital Documentation (taking pictures) of Work

Join the My Milwaukee email list

My Milwaukee 2020: Living History focuses on students thoughts and experiences during current times. Students can express what they see, hear, and how they feel through art and writing. Virtual submissions do not need to be newly created works, but can be curated selections from work students are already submitting. Stay tuned for additional My Milwaukee resources (such as optional virtual lessons) and the submission form.

Virtual Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Virtual Exhibition/Celebration Event: Thursday TBD in Feb/Mar 2021


The following lesson plans were created in UWM teacher preparation programs. They reflect current methodologies in education and art education research and fulfill national and Wisconsin state standards. These lessons are free to adapt and use in your educational setting, if you have any questions or want to know more please email ArtsECO Fellows.

2019 ArtsECO Fellow Lessons - ALL
Fellows Archive
2018 ArtsECO Fellow Lessons - ALL
2017 ArtsECO Fellow Lessons - ALL
2016 ArtsECO Scholar Lessons - ALL
2015 ArtsECO Scholar Lessons - ALL
ArtsECO Scholar Lessons - Elementary
ArtsECO Scholar Lessons - Middle/High School
ArtsECO Scholar Lessons - Big Ideas
ArtsECO Scholar Lessons - Media



National Resources: Kennedy Center ArtsEdge, Annenberg Learner, The Heart of Ed
Standards: National Core Arts Standards, Visual Art Student Portfolio Examples
Becoming a Licensed Art Teacher: UWM Art Education, ATCC
Connecting with Art & Nature: Lynden Sculpture Garden
Teaching Social Justice: Cult of Pedagogy