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A.I.M. On Target
Spring 2017
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3 More Years of AIM! Programming Continues!
The University of Wisconsin-Stout is ecstatic to announce that its Arts Integration Menomonie (AIM) organization has secured funding for three years of continued programming!  AIM’s objectives focus specifically on teacher retention through arts integration.  Principal investigator for the grant Tami Rae Weiss stated, “We are overwhelmed, overjoyed, and beyond grateful to have this amazing support for another three years of Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.)!”  Weiss, who is the Program Director for Art Education at UW-Stout and also AIM’s Executive Director, stated that the University of Wisconsin-Stout is one of four institutes of higher education in the state of Wisconsin currently engaged in deep collaborations with school and arts partners to explore arts education and arts integration as a strategy to prepare, support and retain high quality new teachers across content areas. To learn more about AIM and its work over the past two years, visit: www.artsintegrationmenomonie.org.
Featuring A.I.M.’s Programs and Partnerships
In December 2016, Arts Integration Menomonie completed its second year of implementation.  A day in November was set aside to showcase AIM’s programs and partnerships, whereby key stakeholders toured the various places that AIM is being implemented. The day showcased AIM's PAINT, CITA, and mindfulness programs, featuring pre-service teachers in UW-Stout's Art Education and Early Childhood Education programs; teachers in the Menomonie school district; and community teaching artists. The team visited UW-Stout’s School of Education, the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (MTCA), and the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA) elementary schools of Downsville, River Heights, and Wakanda.  
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New P.A.I.N.T. Interns Announced
UW-Stout’s spring 2017 PAINT (Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers) interns have been announced.  A total of 17 interns have been selected, including 12 interns new to the program and 5 returning interns.  All interns are current UW-Stout Art Education or Early Childhood Education students.  New classes to the program will include fiber arts and “Makin’ Music.”  Through the PAINT program, interns earn paid stipends for teaching arts classes at various community organizations.
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P.A.I.N.T. Installation Project: Wakanda Mosaic Pillars
In September, AIM began its latest art installation project through the PAINT program.  Designed by AIM Executive Board Member Jeanne Styczinski, the project is a four-pillar mosaic mural in Wakanda Elementary School’s lunchroom, depicting the seasons. Wakanda students, teachers and volunteers worked on the project, under the guidance of Styczinski and PAINT interns Marko Pechnik and Olivia Revolinski who spent approximately 100 hours on the mural.
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A.I.M. Teaching Artist’s Band Recognized as One of Chippewa Valley’s “Best Of”
Volume One magazine named AIM teaching artist Beau Janke and his band Them Coulee Boys as having the #1 Best Album Released This Year.  Volume One, an Eau Claire-based arts magazine, publishes results of this reader based poll annually.  The album, “Dancing the In Dim Light”, is Them Coulee Boys’ second album which came out last summer.  

Them Coulee Boys is comprised of 4 band members brought together by Janke and lead singer Soren Staff who met as camp counselors at a Bible camp.  The band’s music is described as punk/folk/bluegrass and utilizes instruments such as guitar, banjo and mandolin.  “Dancing in the Dim Light” deals with “the duality of life, in which we often remember the lows in our highs, but also see the light in the dark.  Being weak or vulnerable isn’t what defines you. It’s about how you dance when the lights aren’t shining like they need to.”
 
Beau Janke is AIM’s newest teaching artist this year, having a degree in Studio Art from UW-Stout with an emphasis on printmaking.  Through AIM, Janke uses both music and visual arts to co-teach curriculum alongside School District of the Menomonie Area teachers Sara Holcomb (2nd grade Downsville) and Avery Weber (1st grade River Heights). Janke also teaches guitalele classes to teachers, and AIM provides guitaleles for the teacher participants to utilize in their classrooms.
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Fall “Arts Night” Presentations at the Mabel Tainter
Two Arts Night events were held in December to celebrate the first semester of the 2016-2017 CITA program.  Families gathered at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts to applaud participating CITA students, teachers, and teaching artists at Wakanda, Downsville, Knapp, and River Heights who shared their favorite arts integrated lessons.  
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CITA Teaching Artists Swap Placements Mid-Year
AIM’s 2016-2017 teaching artists began new placements at participating Menomonie Elementary Schools for spring semester 2017.  They are as follows:

Downsville Elementary
2nd grade (Sara Holcomb)
Kris Winter-Storytelling

Knapp Elementary
3rd grade (Callie Harmston)
Kobi Shaw-Circus Arts

River Heights Elementary
Kindergarten (Det Bossany, Deana Gorecki, Tanya Staatz)
Beau Janke-Music

1st grade (Avery Weber)
Kobi Shaw-Circus Arts

2nd grade (Kelly Gunderson, Rachel Kelm)
Kris Winter-Storytelling
    
Wakanda Elementary
Kindergarten (Megan Abel, Tina Buchholtz, Stephanie Steimeyer)
Beau Janke-Music
Art Education Students Attend Wisconsin Art Education Association Conference
In October AIM sponsored 15 UW-Stout Art Education students to attend the Wisconsin Art Education Association (WAEA) conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  The theme of the two-day conference was “Bold and Bright,” with many hands-on workshops and presentations.  As UW-Stout Art Education student Matt Massimo explains, the conference “brings together Art Educators from across Wisconsin to share their knowledge and their love for teaching art with each other.”
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