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 the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Lynden Sculpture Garden

Arts Education/Community ECOsystem


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. Tied to admissions, this on-campus experience may lead students to college applications, first-year opportunities and scholarships!

July 8-26, 2019

Online Registration Open Now!

2019 Courses

  • Drawing 101 (2D), July 8-12, 9 am 12 pm
  • Sculptural Forms (3D), July 15-19, 9 am 12 pm
  • 8th Grade Course (for 2019/2020 9th graders), July 15-19, 1 pm 3 pm
  • Photography, July 22-26, 9 am 12 pm

Sliding scale per course: $30 MPS students, $85 non-MPS with scholarship, $125 non-MPS no scholarship; includes instruction, supplies/materials, bus pass as needed

Workshops & Trips – $5 each, afternoons
(1-4 pm on select dates)

  • Milwaukee Art Museum Trip, T 7/9
  • Figure Drawing, W 7/10
  • Lynden Sculpture Garden Trip, T 7/16
  • Figure Drawing, W 7/17
  • Milwaukee County Historical Society Photo Archive, R 7/23
  • Figure Drawing, W 7/24

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

The Milwaukee Visionaries Project (MVP)

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!

Learn More

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.

Spring 2019 ArtsECO Internships

Non-ArtsECO Opportunities

Interested in hosting a paid ArtsECO intern? Fill out this online form.


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.

2019/2020 Fellows Application Period: Dec. 15, 2018 – Feb. 15, 2019

*At the UWM Scholarship page, click on Panther Scholarship Portal. Sign-in using your UWM Panther ID. Answer the series of questions on the general application. Click submit and a link with the list of scholarships you qualify for will come up. Find the ArtsECO PSOA Scholarship (art ed students) or the ArtsECO School of Education Arts Integration Award and follow any additional instructions. Click submit to finalize your application. If you have questions about the application process, please reach out to ArtsECO Director Joelle Worm at

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


My Milwaukee Exhibition 2019

2019 My Milwaukee Exhibition: Faces of Milwaukee call for K-12 student work

The 2019 My Milwaukee Exhibition: Faces of Milwaukee focuses on the heritage of the people of Milwaukee. The contest asks students: How can we honor the cultures of Milwaukee and the people of the city? Students may consider: “What would you honor about your heritage in Milwaukee and how?”

Work guidelines: Submissions can be un-mounted pieces of 2D visual art (maximum size: 24” x 36”), 3D pieces (maximum size: 24” x 36” x 30”), and/or written works that reflect on the theme.

Submission deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019 (to UWM)
Exhibition: Fall 2019, Open House/Reception: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Meet Ups

Teacher MeetUp is a professional development and networking opportunity for Milwaukee area teachers who teach/are interested in teaching through the arts. It is 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. Food and drink are always provided. It is a combination happy hour, work time, learn time! MeetUps occur monthly throughout the school year on a weekday evening.

18-19 MeetUps are here!

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

17-18 MeetUps are here!

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 partnered with The Milwaukee County Historical Society in a call for of K-12 visual and literary works around the theme of growing up in Milwaukee (past and present). Works were exhibited at the Historical Society in 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


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 contact Dr. Christine Woywod in Art Education or Joelle Worm, Director of ArtsECO.

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