UWM Peck School of the Arts Awarded $107,400 Planning Grant
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Peck School of the Arts announced today its plans to develop Arts Education/Community Ecosystem (ArtsECO), a sustainable network of support for new and veteran teachers who are committed to teaching through art. ArtsECO will develop teachers as change-makers backed by a strong and sustainable community of arts organizations, non-profits and K-16 school partnerships. This program will recruit and develop thoughtfully engaged, social justice-oriented teachers and support them as they grow into inspired mentors who know how to leverage and share the rich assets of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin.
The initiative will address three interrelated problems:
* The place of arts education in schools
* The standing of teacher education
* The cost of teacher education in a time of diminishing resources
From now through June 30, a Core Team from the Peck School of the Arts, the UWM School of Education, and representatives from key school and community partners will work to develop an implementation plan. Focus groups and interviews with pre-service, new- and veteran educators, school leaders, community organization representatives, and arts advocates from across the Milwaukee region will inform our planning to ensure that we best meet the needs of ArtsECO partners. This development project is made possible in part by a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
Over the course of this planning period, the Core Team will outline a vision and implementation plan for ArtsECO. The goals are to support teachers by building upon our existing network of partners to develop a strong and sustainable community of arts organizations, non-profits, and K-16 school partnerships. At the close of the initial planning period, we will submit a specific plan for implementation and our program will be considered for a longer-term implementation grant.