ArtsECO stands for Arts Education/Community Ecosystem. Centered in 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, nonprofits and K-16 school partnerships.
We recruit and develop thoughtfully engaged, social justice-oriented pre-service teachers and support them as they grow into inspired mentors who integrate the arts into the classroom. We also develop teachers’ abilities to leverage and share the rich assets of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.
Arts Education & Community ECOsystem
ArtsECO Empowers Educators Through The Arts
ArtsECO Teacher Links
Becoming a Licensed Art Teacher
Connecting with Art & Nature
Teaching Social Justice
Teaching with Contemporary Art
ArtsECO Develops And Supports Future Educators
ArtsECO Fellows are UWM Art Education and UWM School of Education art-interested students who embark on a yearlong engagement with arts and arts integration. Fellows receive renewable scholarships typically between $1,000–$2,000 per academic year. Fellowships are awarded annually in the categories of New Student, Art Education Pre-Service, Art Education Student Teachers, Part-Time UWM/Part-Time MPS and School of Education Arts Integration.
Fellowship Application & Requirements
- New Students: Incoming freshman or post-baccalaureate students with a declared or intended major of Art Education. Incoming freshman may also complete the Art & Design portfolio submission form found on the scholarships and aid page.
- Pre-Service Art Education: Students who have fully declared art education as their major and are beginning the art education coursework sequence.
- Art Ed Student Teachers: Art education seniors during their student teaching semesters.
- Art Teacher Certification Cohort (ATCC) OR Part-Time UWM/Part-Time MPS: Full and part-time teachers working in MPS while pursuing licensure at UWM.
- School of Education Art Integration: School of education students with a strong interest in arts integration.
- Attend a fellows orientation during the spring semester of award notification and at least two ArtsECO meetups during the year of their fellowship.
- Volunteer 5 hours in an ArtsECO-affiliated art education program*.
- Enroll in UWM Art, Art Education, or School of Education coursework over the fellowship year.
- Submit an art or art-integrated lesson to the annual ArtsECO Lesson Swap and present at the Annual ArtsECO fellows reception (January of fellowship year).
*Volunteer opportunities include the ArtsECO Pre-College program, the annual WAEA Visioneer’s Design Challenge and the Milwaukee Visionaries Project, among others.
Applications consist of a two-part process and are accepted from Dec. 15 to Feb. 15 each year.
ArtsECO Provides Opportunities To Young Artists
Milwaukee Visionaries Project
Milwaukee Visionaries Project (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 the Milwaukee Film Festival!
Students meet on Thursdays evenings during the school year. Contact email@example.com if interested.