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A.I.M. On Target
March 2016
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C.I.T.A. Teachers Talk about A.I.M.
Check out our new video that features current C.I.T.A. (Co-Teaching In and Through the Arts) teachers.  In the video, teachers reflect upon arts integration in their classrooms and the resulting changes within their teaching and their students' learning.  See the impact arts integration is having on the School District of Menomonie.
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Teaching Artists Talk about A.I.M.
Hear it from our inspiring teaching artists who are in our early childhood and elementary classrooms!  A.I.M. is helping teachers learn different art forms through which they can best engage their students. Through singing, storytelling, circus arts, drumming, theater, composing music and screenwriting, teaching artists are giving teachers strategies, creativity, and confidence in trying their wings at arts-integrated teaching.  
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P.A.I.N.T. Program Expands in 2016
After a highly successful first semester, the P.A.I.N.T. program (Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers) has expanded to add new programming, new community partners and new interns.  UW-Stout Art Education and Early Childhood majors experience hands-on teaching through paid internships!  
READ MORE ABOUT THE P.A.I.N.T. PARTICIPANTS
River Heights Mural Brings Library to Life
Thanks to the time and artistic talent donated by A.I.M. Director Tami Weiss, River Heights Elementary School now has a larger than life literary mural spanning the walls of its library featuring characters from over 32 different children’s books.  The mural encompasses everything we believe in — the importance of art in education,” Weiss said of A.I.M..
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Arts Night at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts
A.I.M.’s inaugural Arts Night was held in January at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.  The event took place over the course of two evenings and was a culmination of one semester of arts integration, focusing on A.I.M.’s C.I.T.A. (Co-teaching In and Through the Arts) participants.  Teachers, student teachers, teaching artists, and students took the stage to share various arts-integrated lessons ranging from musical to historical.  With families in attendance, both Arts Night celebrations played to full houses with many attendees seeing the inside of the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts for the first time.
READ MORE ABOUT A.I.M.’s INAUGURAL ARTS NIGHTS

A.I.M. Purchases TVs
A.I.M. has purchased 5 television monitors to be placed at UW-Stout and SDMA schools.  The monitors will be used to promote arts integration, celebrate our current and future teachers, feature work being done by A.I.M. program participants, and keep the public informed about A.I.M. happenings.  Look for the A.I.M. monitors in the following locations:

Oaklawn Elementary School
River Heights Elementary School
Wakanda Elementary School
UW-Stout Heritage Hall, lower lobby
UW-Stout Applied Arts Building, 2nd floor

River Heights Field Trip
Through funding by A.I.M., Rachel Kelm’s 2nd grade River Heights’ class recently attended a production of The Main Street Kids Club: a MathStart Musical.  The show was produced by Eau Claire Children’s Theatre and was performed at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts.  As part of the C.I.T.A. program Kelm’s class has been working with musician/composer Erika Svanoe. This field trip allowed students to see how through live performance, music can tell a story.
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A.I.M. Welcomes Peter Yarrow
Peter Yarrow of the ‘60s folk singing trio Peter, Paul and Mary will be offering a private concert and anti-bullying workshop on behalf of A.I.M.  The event will be held April 20th at the Mabel Tainter Center of the Arts and is open to UW-Stout educators, as well as SDMA teachers, staff and teaching artists. A reception to meet and socialize with Yarrow will follow the event.  On April 21st, Yarrow will perform a public concert that will also be held at the Mabel Tainter Center of the Arts.

Besides touring with Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow wrote “Puff the Magic Dragon” and  actively participated in the civil rights and anti-war movements during the late 1960s and early '70s. In 2000, Yarrow founded Operation Respect, a nonprofit organization that teaches tolerance and respect for diversity.

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