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


ArtsECO Pre-College Art & Design Program

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. Students can access our Experimental Drop-in Studio before, between, and after classes to make the most of their Pre-College experience! Tied to admissions, this on-campus experience may lead students to college applications, first-year opportunities, and scholarships! Download our Summer 2022 ArtsECO Pre-College Flyer with Course Descriptions to share!

FREE for ALL MPS Students Grades 9-12+! Scholarships are available for ALL non-MPS Students up to 100%! Participants select from a range of scholarship options during the registration process – no proof of income is required. All supplies, bus passes, and snacks are included. Please be aware there is a $3 registration fee per class (waived for 100% scholarships). Scroll down for registration directions!

Please contact Carrie Kim, ArtsECO Student Programs Coordinator, at for assistance.

What does a typical Pre-College day look like? 

Classes & workshops are listed from either 9-12 PM or 9-1:30 PM.
8-9 AM Experimental Drop-in Studio Opens
9-12 PM Direct instruction
12-12:30 PM Lunch (brown bag)
12:30-1/1:30/2 PM Head to the Experimental Drop-in Studio to continue working on class projects or dive into something new with our ArtsECO Peck School of the Arts Interns!
1 PM  Students enrolled in afternoon sections will join their class.
2 PM  Students enrolled in Moving to High School Art class begins.
4 PM  Classes end. Students head home or can work in the Experimental Studio
5 PM  The Experimental Drop-in Studio closes.


  • INTRO TO DRAWING 101 (2D) Move from observation and imagination to highly developed drawings and artistic voice.Grades 10 – 12 | JULY 18 – 22 | 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM | $199/WEEK
  • ADVANCED DRAWING 102 (2D) For students who have completed Intro to Drawing 101 in previous years.
    Grades 10 – 12 | JULY 18 – 22 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | $199/WEEK
  • SCULPTURAL FORMS (3D) Artmaking from process to product, ideation to built forms, in paper, reed, clay, plaster, and more.
    Grades 9 – 12 | JULY 25 – 29 | 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM | $199/WEEK
  • EXPERIENCES IN ART (Exploring, Seeing, Making) Introduction to mixed media 3D forms through field trips to Sculpture Milwaukee, Villa Terrace, and UWM’s campus. Grades 9 – 12 | JULY 25 – 29 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | $199/WEEK
  • DIGITAL ART 101 Learn the basics of creating amazing images with a variety of digital products, including Adobe and freeware.
    Grades 10 – 12 | AUGUST 1 – 5 | 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM | $199/WEEK
  • ADVANCED DIGITAL ART 102 For students grades 10-12 who have completed Digital Art 101 in previous years.
    Grades 10 – 12 | AUGUST 1 – 5 | 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM | $199/WEEK
  • MAKING THE MOVE TO HIGH SCHOOL ART Summer class for 8th grade students entering high school in Fall 2022/23.
    Grades 8-9 (entering high school 22/23) | JULY 18 – 22 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | $99/WEEK


  • MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM TOUR Color + Texture Composition Scavenger Hunt.  JULY 19 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | $20/CLASS
  • WALKING TOUR LAKE PARK Working en Plein air. JULY 20 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | $20/CLASS
  • EXTENDED PRINTMAKING Learn Color Reduction Printmaking. JULY 21 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | $20/CLASS
  • EXTENDED PRINTMAKING Printing on Fabric– bring a t-shirt. JULY 22 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | $20/CLASS



  1. Click on the Register Now button above to create an account on our ArtsECO Box Office Site.
    • No payment information is required at the full scholarship level.
  2. Select the course or workshop of your choice.
  3. Select the registration fee/scholarship amount that best meets your needs and that’s what you’ll pay (no proof of income required). A $3 registration fee for each class/workshop will automatically be applied at checkout (waived at the full scholarship level).
  4. Follow the prompts to complete the required questions and document.
    • UWM requires a medical form to participate. Please complete the form and upload it at the checkout, mail it to us, or bring it on the first day of classes. If you’re unable to download the form, please email us and the form will be mailed to you.
  5. Repeat this process to register for additional classes.

COVID-19 UPDATE: The summer 2022 program will be in-person and follow guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for camps and youth programs. The program will be run in partnership with UWM’s College for Kids and Teens and will follow Covid protocols of that program. 

Learn about parking and transportation options on UWM Transporation Services website.

Please contact Carrie Kim, ArtsECO Student Programs Coordinator, at for assistance.

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!

Students meet during the school year on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. MVP takes a break during the summer months. Please contact if you are interested in participating.

Visit the MVP Website

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

  • Check Back: Arts Opportunities for High School Students

UWM Students

Watch the ArtsECO Commercial for UWM students!


The ArtsECO Internship program is for UW-Milwaukee Art Education and School of Education students interested in teaching in and through the arts. Students are paired with an arts organization/program for a semester-long paid experience in art and community-based education. Internships range from teaching/teaching assistance to 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.

ArtsECO Internships

Interested in hosting a paid ArtsECO Intern? 


ArtsECO Fellows are UWM Art Education and “art-interested” UWM School of Education students who embark on a year-long engagement with the arts/arts integration. Fellows receive SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT for their UWM coursework. Fellowships are awarded annually in New Student, Art Education Pre-Service, Art Education Student TeachersPart-Time UWM/Part-Time MPS and School of Education Arts Integration categories and students may apply each year.

ArtsECO Fellows Applications are accepted from December 15th to February 15th each year.

To apply:

  1. Complete the ArtsECO Fellows Intent to Apply Form
  2. Complete/update your profile* on the UWM Scholarship Portal.

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

ArtsECO Fellows program requirements:

  • Attend the Arts Integration Bootcamp in May
  • Volunteer 5 hours in an art education program
  • Attend 2 ArtsECO Teacher MeetUps during your Fellowship year
  • Submit an art/arts-integrated artifact to the Annual ArtsECO Fellows Reception in January

Explore the ArtsECO Fellows resource library to access our full archive of art and art-integrated lessons and artifacts,

TEACH – Art Educators for Social Justice

What is TEACH? TEACH is a UWM student group for any Art Ed/Arts Integration interested students, where we can talk, share, learn, and make with one another! TEACH will allow you to connect with others and become a community for all, engaging in our own UWM community and outside as well! Members of TEACH host art education and community-building events for interested students!! 

TEACH Resources


Teacher MeetUps

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.

Teacher MeetUps

ArtsECO Resources

ArtsECO resources are created in UWM teacher preparation programs. They reflect current education and art education research methodologies and fulfill national and Wisconsin state standards. They are free to adapt and use in your educational setting.

ArtsECO Resources

My Milwaukee Exhibition 2020: Living History

My Milwaukee 2020: Living History focuses on students’ thoughts and experiences during current times. Our three exhibitions are live and you can watch a recording of our celebration event from Thursday, March 18th, 2021 on Facebook Live!

For My Milwaukee 2020, students expressed what they saw, heard, and how they felt during the Covid-19 pandemic in art and writing. Virtual submissions are a cross-section of the experiences of Milwaukee youth. Big thanks to the teachers and students who submitted work from Brown Street Academy, Bruce Guadalupe Middle School, Dominican High, Downtown Montessori Academy, Garland School, Golda Meir High School, Hmong American Peace Academy, Manitoba, Maryland Avenue Montessori, Pius XI High School, Stormonth School, UCC Acosta Middle School, and West Allis Central High.

My Milwaukee 2020 Artifacts:
2020 My Milwaukee Exhibition: Living History call for K-12 student work
My Milwaukee Optional Collage Lesson (video)
Tips for Digital Documentation (taking pictures) of Work

Helpful Links