Our Purpose

The Purpose and Mission of ArtReach

The purpose of the ArtReach grant partnership is to better understand and prepare participants to implement arts-based assessment strategies. Participants will engage in reflective practices to support the implementation of EdTPA for schools, teachers, and colleges of education. Additionally, this ArtReach project will create sustainable and collaborative relationships among the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWWhitewater), Whitewater Unified School District (WUSD), arts-based non-profit organizations and the larger Whitewater community.  ArtReach funds are designed to prepare a wide-range of subject area teachers, art specialists, and pre-service teachers to enact arts-based teaching, learning, and assessment practices.

What is Art?

Art is Art is all around us. You can Google the phrase "what is art" or use Wikipedia to try to find a definition of "Art," however, it is up to every person to decide what art is to them. With the power of art education and people experiencing art: artists, art historians, and other curators of art can give people perspectives and loose guidlines on previous works and the current art making of today. These art enthusiasts can help future generations continue to make relevant art.

ArtReach wants students, educators, and artists to collaborate, for the betterment of our shared cultural future. 

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Art Education

Art Ed

Art education is an important part of a balanced learning experience for students. Art education is the study of visual arts, dance, music, theatre, and other media. It provides additional learning pathways for students by offering many different ways of learning content.

The arts are important to any culture, and represent our time, what we are doing, our purpose, our ideals, our observations, and our conflicts. Art, in the classroom, is not only used as an expression of oneself, but it is used as a way for students to relate to the world around them and have a deeper understanding of the content being taught.  Some educators make artistic classes available to their students as electives, but many educators, politicians, and leaders of industry have embraced Art as a core academic standard, changing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) into STEAM.

ArtReach provides opportunities for preservice teachers, as well as current educators, to learn and discover arts based learning through conferences and personalized grant scholarships. To participate and learn more about ArtReach by being involved, please visit the Application web page for more detials!

If you are interested in becoming an art educator, please check out the K-12 Art Education program UWW web page.

If you want to see projects that preservice and educators have created, please visit the our Gallery.

If you want additional guidance or perspective speak to Art Education Program Coordinator Kristin Goble.

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 Arts Integration

SteamArts Integration is an arts-based strategy for educators to help students find pathways to learning. It can facilitate thoughts, skills, and perspectives; not only through visual arts projects, but also through song, dance, theatre, and even video.

"Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both." - The Kennedy Center

ArtReach wants educators and participants in the grant program to use Arts Integration as a way for students to connect, relate, and learn about other subjects through arts-based learning. The program also wants to help art educators realize and implement their arts-based projects and curricula by providing them with any supplies or other needs they may have.

For additional resources about Arts Integration please visit our Arts Integration section.

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