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Oshkosh, WI 54901

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ArtsCore Student Organization


         Mission Statement

The ArtsCore Student Organization (ASO) is committed to the mission the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to further enrich the students and faculty of the UW Oshkosh and the community at large. Students belonging to the ASO gain experience related to the ongoing methodologies of integrating the arts into education and everyday life.

ASO provides opportunities for any student who wishes to integrate the arts into their work and subjects pursued during their college careers. Working from a multiplicity of artistic philosophies from across the Fine and Performing Arts genre.  Representing diverse geographical points of residence, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and perspectives, through on-campus visits, lectures, workshops, etc., student members will gain access to fresh and distinct artistic viewpoints and methodologies. Learn more about ASO here.

Congratulations to our ASO President, Jennifer Killam, for being recognized as the Outstanding Organization President at the UW Oshkosh 2020-2021 Celebration of Leadership Awards!  See all the student leadership awards here

Email to get involved.

Check out the ASO Flickr page

Past Events:

  • Body Percussion – May 6th from 6-7pm in Reeve 202.
  • Spring Teacher Panel (Resume writing and Interviewing Tips) – April 8th 6:00pm via Zoom. Click here to watch the recording.
  • Mandala Clipboard Creations – February 18th from 6-7pm via Zoom



ASO is in partnership with Aspiring Educators.




ArtsCore Internships

Paid internships are offered each semester and summer. Internship applicants must be majoring in education.

Internship opportunities have included:

  • Miravida Living Art Internship
  • UW Oshkosh Children’s Learning Center and Childcare Internship
  • Winnebago Area Literacy Council Arts Integration Internship






Arts Integration Passport

The 2020-2021 Arts Integration Passport program has now concluded.  The Arts Integration Passport program offered a series of professional development opportunities that supported UWO education majors to develop knowledge and skills in arts integration. Integrating arts in future classrooms allows students to learn, approach, and apply content knowledge more creatively and effectively. This passport program involved 4 journeys, beginning with learning from the experts and then applying what has been learned into a successful arts-integrated curriculum. Students who successfully completed Journeys 1-4 before April 30, 2021 were awarded one $150 gift card for supporting their educational-related expenses. More details may be found here. Stay tuned for information on the 2021-2022 Arts Integration Passport.



2021-22 Winners

Ashley Whittington

Emma Stietz

ArtsCore is excited to award its fourth round of scholarships this spring. The ArtsCore Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman and incoming undergraduate transfer students admitted to UW Oshkosh that are planning to major in education and have an interest in arts integration instruction. The $1500 scholarships are renewable for up to four years. New awards this year went to Ashley Whittington from Crystal Lake Central High School and Emma Stietz from Pecatonica High School.

Ashley Wittington’s artistic passion is photography.  She has been studying photography for the last four years and recognizes how important it is to bring art into everyday life for children.   She believes being a teacher will help keep her own creativity fresh and hopes to inspire her own students to be continuous, lifelong, creative learners.

Down the road, Ashley hopes to have a family and raise her own children around art, music, reading and writing.  She wants to help them find what they are passionate about and be the encouragement they need.  Spontaneity is important to Ashley, and she feels that it is important in being a successful teacher.

“Receiving this scholarship will allow me to continue my education upon graduating from high school. I am thankful for the ArtsCore Scholarship, especially during these challenging economic times. I’ve always had a passion for art, and this is a great opportunity to encourage children to explore their artistic abilities as I further my education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.”


Emma Stietz has always been fascinated by learning.  Her most loved subject is art.  From learning about the history behind different styles and past famous artists, art has always been something that allows her to escape.  She loves art because there aren’t any limits as to what she can create.

Emma thanks her teachers for her love of learning.  Being able to connect with students and get them excited about learning inspired Emma to take her love of art and learning to teach other people.  She wants to teach children about art and help them find the same passion for learning that she has.  Emma knew from early on that to be a successful teacher, she would have to be driven and determined.  She credits her mom with teaching her this.  These lessons of determination and perseverance are ideals she wants to pass on to her future students.

“I want to thank ArtsCore for selecting me to be the recipient of this scholarship. I am grateful for even being considered for this award. I am attending the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to pursue a career in art and teaching. It has been a dream of mine ever since I was little.  Ever since I can remember, I have been in love with drawing, painting, and sculpting. I have always loved how I can pour all my creativity into an art piece and use art as a form of self-expression. I have always wanted to help other people find this.  Teachers are people that I have always admired. Standing in front of a class and reading from a piece of paper is one thing.  Helping students find things they are passionate about is something completely different. This is what my teachers have done for me. I want to do this for future students.  This scholarship will help me finance my college experience.  I am thankful for ArtsCore giving me this award and allowing me to continue to reach my goals.”


About the Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen and incoming undergraduate transfer students who plan to major in education and have an interest in arts-integrated instruction. Applicants must be admitted to the Oshkosh campus. Students transferring from the Fond du Lac or Fox Cities campuses are eligible to apply. Incoming freshmen must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade-point average and incoming transfer students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative transfer grade-point average. Applicant must demonstrate commitment to, and potential for, a successful career as a professional educator and an intent to participate in ArtsCore initiatives to develop and share effective arts-integrated teaching strategies. Preference will be given to applicants from PK-12 partner school districts.

Recipient must be enrolled full-time to receive the award. The recipient is eligible to receive the scholarship for up to four years, provided the recipient remains in good academic standing, continues to major in the field of education, and continues to participate in ArtsCore initiatives to develop and share effective arts-integrated teaching strategies.

UW Oshkosh ArtsCore offers curricular opportunities, professional development, internships, residencies, grants, and a support network for pre-service teacher candidates and new teachers learning to practice an arts-integrated approach to teaching. For more information on UW Oshkosh ArtsCore initiatives, visit To learn more about arts-integrated Instruction as an approach to teaching and learning, visit or

Initial Application Process: 

  1. Applicants must submit a statement describing why they want to go into the field of education.
  2. Applicants must submit a statement describing their educational, personal, and career goals, their experiences in the arts, and highlighting reasons why they are a strong candidate for the award including their commitment to participating in ArtsCore initiatives.
  3. Applicants must submit a resume or list of school, academic, volunteer, and work activities.
  4. Applicants must submit a minimum of 2 letters of support from individuals who know their potential for success.
  5. Applicants must submit a copy of their high school or college transcript if available.

Renewal Process: 

  1. Continuing UW Oshkosh students will receive the award for up to 4 years, provided they are in good standing and maintain the criteria of the award. Renewal applications will open in April.
  2. Award recipients must submit an annual statement describing their involvement with ArtsCore initiatives, accompanied by a resume or list of school, academic, volunteer, and work activities.

The Award: $1,500

Professional Development Opportunities

ArtsCore Bridge Day

Treat yourself to an afternoon of learning about integrating the arts and teaching in a virtual world. Each session will include a step by step handout.
All interested education majors are welcome to attend regardless of discipline or level of instruction.   The next Bridge Day will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021 in Reeve Union.  Stay tuned for updates and registration information.


ArtShare: 60-Minute Saturdays

Thank you to our preservice students who participated in our 2021 ArtShare: 60-Minute Saturdays, a professional development series for UWO preservice and licensed teachers.  The sessions were educational, insightful and fun!  Videos from all of our ArtShare: 60-Minute Saturdays are available in our media gallery here


Arts Integration Symposium

The Arts Integration Symposium was held virtually on Hopin on Saturday, March 13, 2021.   It was a great morning of learning and conversation.  Our keynote session explored the art of puppetry with visual storyteller, educator and puppeteer, Karen Konnerth, followed by sessions featuring art integration lessons or hot topics relevant in today’s teaching.  Our virtual networking session afforded participants the opportunity to connect face to face.  Videos from all our sessions may be found here

Teacher in Residency (TIR) Program

The ArtsCore Teacher in Residency (TIR) Program is an enhanced student teaching opportunity that places teacher candidates in select classrooms to collaboratively learn about and implement arts integration with ArtsCore trained cooperating teachers. Placements are in the Appleton or Oshkosh School Districts.

Teacher candidates (both art and non-arts) from any licensure area, who are interested in an arts integrated teaching practice are eligible for an ArtsCore TIR placement. Highly qualified teacher candidates are interviewed by the districts prior to placement in schools.  The ArtsCore TIR program also includes additional coaching / mentoring provided by an onsite coordinator whose role is to observe, critique, and advise each student throughout the semester.

Additional professional development seminars are offered as part of the TIR:

  • Arts Integration Introduction
  • Lesson plan writing, strategies/mindfulness of AI
  • Assessment, formative, and summative
  • Classroom management
  • Advocacy and reflection

For information on TIR placement, please contact the ArtsCore office.



To stay connected with ArtsCore upon graduation, click here to complete a short form.

For information on applying for teaching jobs in the Appleton Area School District, click here

For information on applying for teaching jobs in the Oshkosh Area School District, click here

To view current teaching vacancies on WECAN, click here