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. 


Applications for Intern and Educator project proposals are now open for the 2015-16 school year!

Orange County K12 Educators: please click here.

UCI CTSA students interested in the Creative Connections Internship: please click here.


Click here to see photos from the 2013 Creative Connections projects. 

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

"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