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.

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 span an entire school-year.

2017-18 Creative Connections Intern and Educator applications are now closed. Applications for 2018-19 school year will be available in September.

Intern Information

Educator Information

What do Interns and Educators say about Creative Connections in action?


"My kids LOVE the interns 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