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Collaborative at the Paine

ArtsCore Collaborative at the Paine revolves around the theme of Arts Integration through Storytelling which will help teachers use storytelling and the arts to enrich and inspire their teaching practices. Storytelling connects to every discipline, every culture, and era and will provide a rich base on which participants will collaborate and build.

It is recommended a team of two to four teachers from a school enroll.   Having one of the team members be a specialist would be ideal.  For those in the Appleton and Oshkosh Area School Districts, we require the commitment of attending ALL the professional development days.  All events are held at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

What we offer:

  • 4-day summer retreat
  • 5 professional development days spread over fall and spring semesters
  • Philosophy of the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration
  • Networking, collaboration, and shared planning opportunities
  • Mentoring available for implementation of ideas in the classroom

What we will expect:

  • Consistent participation by all team members.
  • Sharing of curriculum developed through the year.
  • Administrative support for the implementation of innovative arts integration strategies.
  • Participation in pre-and post-evaluative questionnaires.

If you would like more information, please contact Donna Nelson, at

2024-2025 Program Dates:

  • Summer Retreat:
    • Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18
    • Alumni Day will be Wednesday, July 17th
  • Fall:
    • Wednesday, October 23, Experimenting with Stitch
    • Saturday, November 16, Nutcracker in the Castle
  • Spring:
    • Friday, January 31, Field Trip
    • Saturday, February 1, Teacher Symposium
    • Monday, April 7, Kinesthetic & Literacy Learning, Operafy

Check out some pictures from Collaborative: