Creative Connections

Creative Connections provides curriculum-based arts projects to 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.

Creative Connections Interns are current undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the arts at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Interns, in collaboration with classroom educators and faculty mentors, develop and implement arts integrated curriculum. The Creative Connections project should complement the common core curriculum while providing basic arts education. Interns are selected via a competitive application process, work with faculty mentors and receive educational training, resources and support from staff and area educators.

Project proposals are evaluated based on content and compatibility with the Common Core Standards and the Visual and Performing Arts Standards for the State of California. Scholars may receive either credit or a stipend for completing a Creative Connections project. The Creative Connections program may be used to fulfill the internship requirement for the Minor in Civic and Community Engagement.

Educators in Schools and School Districts in the Greater Orange County area are eligible to apply to be a part of the Creative Connections Program. There is NO FEE to participate, the Creative Connections program is entirely grant funded and is FREE to schools and school districts. Educators selected to participate in the program will collaborate with Scholars to ensure the project conducted complements the common core curriculum, addresses the Visual and Performing Arts Standards, and generally fits the needs of the classroom educator.

Projects and Workshops are developed collaboratively with the Classroom Educators, UCI Faculty Mentors and Creative Connections Interns. Projects provide sustained access to arts education and may span an entire school-year. Scholars will complete and submit a project report at the culmination of the project. The project timeline will be:

October Applications Due
November Meet with Mentor, Meet with Educator, Refine Project
December Classroom Observation
January-June Conduct Project

The deadline for applications has passed. Contact the Outreach Department to receive updates on this and other community engagement programs at UC Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Thank you for you interest in the Creative Connections Program.

Please note, we do our best to match the interests of the Interns with the needs of Classroom Educators, because of this, we may not be able to partner all Interns with Educators.

Photos of 2012-13 Creative Connections Projects

What do Interns and Educators say about Creative Connections?

"From ribbon dances to operas, UCI students have opened our school students' eyes to fine arts. Thank you." -- Chriss Ann Shane, Principal, Irvine School District

"I am really impressed with the program. My students are learning about science, English, and much, much more. The kids love it!" --Sehra Dastur, Teacher, Santa Ana Unified School District

"The only way I can describe my experience with my dance mentor is that it was LIFE-CHANGING!...I would not have had the success in my college applications and auditions if it weren't for the support of the School of the Arts - and now I'll be entering UCI as a freshman next fall!" --Aubrienne O'Meara, UCI Drama/Dance, Class of 2015