Art Integration Teach, Learn HUB supported by grant

In 2015, Cardinal Stritch University launched an innovative art education initiative to provide professional development strategies in art integration for classroom teachers. The program addresses a critical need in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS).

"Currently there is a shortage of licensed art education specialists in MPS," said Tim Abler, assistant professor and chair of the visual arts department. 
"As a result many classroom teachers are now required to teach art, however, many of the teachers do not receive any professional development in art integration methods."

The Art Integration Teach, Learn Hub (AITL HUB) addresses these challenges by creating a community of practice including Stritch art education and general pre-service education students, selected schools and classrooms within MPS, and an expanded partnership with Milwaukee's national-recognized nonprofit arts organization, Arts@Large. This innovative coalition provides integrated art education opportunities to teachers at all career stages.

During the past year, faculty in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education and Leadership along with their community partners, Art@Large and Milwaukee Public Schools, have collaborated to design a new curriculum to deepen art integration knowledge and competencies for all teacher candidates. New art integrated course offerings are on track to be offered in 2016 and plans are underway for the second AITL HUB Art Integration Summer Institute at Stritch.

This unique and innovative collaboration at Stritch is supported by a $550,000 two-year grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.