Creative Connections

The Creative Connections program provides a school year long teaching artist internship to UCI arts majors who receive training to develop and implement curriculum-based arts projects in collaboration with an Orange County area educator to serve K12 students.

The program helps to fill the arts gap for Orange County area schools and school districts, which may offer little or no arts education programs. 

Participation in the Creative Connections program is free for schools and school districts. Priority is given to educators teaching at schools with a portion of the student population benefiting from Title 1 of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Projects and Workshops are developed collaboratively with the Classroom Educators and Creative Connections Teaching Artist Interns. Projects provide sustained access to arts education and span an entire school-year. For the 2020-21 school year, the Creative Connections program will take place remotely.

Applications for the 2020-21 school year are now open.
Click the links below to learn more about the program and to apply!



What do Teaching Artists and Educators say about Creative Connections in action?


"My kids LOVE the teaching artists and have learned so much from them. I have learned so much from them." -- Veronica Kelii, Teacher, Anaheim Union High School District


"It has been fantastic working with the Creative Connections program, it has provided learning opportunities to our students that just would not have been possible otherwise." --Jason Grenier, Teacher, Irvine Unified School District


"Until this internship I was not presented with opportunities outside of the UCI community to contribute to a better society. This is a necessary and fulfilling experience that I recommend to anyone at CTSA." --Kathleen Deck, UCI Art Major, Class of 2016