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
Paid opportunities for UWM Art Education and School of Education students at UWM and area non-profit arts organizations
Support for UWM Art Education and School of Education students, and faculty who engage with the ArtsECO programs.
Monthly teacher workshops with varying arts/arts-integration themes
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
Artworks for Milwaukee
Bruce-Guadalupe Community School
COA Youth & Family Centers
Frank Juarez Gallery
Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc.
MSOE Grohmann Museum
Haggerty Museum of Art
House of Rad
Islands of Brilliance
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
La Familia de Arte
Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art
Milwaukee Art Museum
Milwaukee Historical Society
Milwaukee Public Museum
Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Milwaukee Water Commons
Museum of Wisconsin Art
Peck School of the Arts
Queer Zine Archive Project
Schauer Arts Center
Urban Ecology Center
Walker’s Point Center for the Arts
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 and venture into new media such as printmaking, sculpture, or digital processes. Participants receive high-quality art supplies, have their work professionally photographed, and exhibit their artwork at UWM! Tied to admissions, this on-campus experience may lead students to college applications, first-year opportunities, and scholarships!
Check out our 2023 Pre-College Program!
ArtsECO partners with MKE REC Arts Internship Program to offer paid ArtsECO Pre-College Internships. Visit their website to learn more and apply to be an ArtsECO Intern and get paid to make art with us!
For information about income-based scholarships or other questions about the ArtsECO Pre-College program, please contact Carrie Kim, ArtsECO Student Programs Coordinator, at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
In addition, check out these Milwaukee Area Arts-Related program opportunities for HS Students:
- Check Back: Arts Opportunities for High School 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.
- Learn more about the ArtsECO Internship Program
- Complete an Intern Application
Interested in hosting a paid ArtsECO Intern?
- Complete the Host Site Request Form
- Review our Guidelines for Host Sites
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 Teachers, Part-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.
- Complete the 23/24 ArtsECO Fellows Intent to Apply Form.
- Complete/update your profile* on the UWM Scholarship Portal.
For questions about ArtsECO Fellows program, email ArtsECO Fellows at email@example.com. If you have questions about the Panther Scholarship Portal, reach out to Rebecca Christman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ArtsECO Fellows description and 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!!
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.
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.
- Becoming a Licensed Art Teacher: UWM Art Education, DPI’s Pathways to Licensure
- Standards: National Core Arts Standards, Visual Art Student Portfolio Examples
- Connecting with Art & Nature: Lynden Sculpture Garden
- Teaching Social Justice: Cult of Pedagogy, Anti-Racist Art Teachers, Ask Big Questions
- Teaching with Contemporary Art: Art21 Educators Page, PBS’s The Art Assignment
- National Arts Education and Integration Resources: Kennedy Arts Integration Resources, Annenberg Learner, The Art of Education, Smithsonian Educator Resources
- Visual Literacy Resources: Harvard’s Project Zero, Visual Thinking Strategies, Visual Language and Literacy