Creative Connections - Educators

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. Priority will be given to schools receiving support from Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 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 Interns 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. Please review the available projects, below, for the 2016-17 school year prior to applying.

Applications for the 2016-17 Creative Connections program are no longer being accepted. Applications for the 2017-18 program will be accepted in the fall.

2016-17 Creative Connections Projects

  Arts Discipline Subject Grade Project Suggested Availability
1 Art Math 5-6 Visual art from mathematical equations Mornings-MW; Friday
2 Art   8-12 Mixed media, non-traditional visual art Friday
3 Art English, Language Arts 9-12 Literary works become comic, coloring or children's books Mornings-MW
4 Art   9-12 Color theory Once a Week
5 Art History/Social Studies 5-6 Visual art and art history to connect with history/social studies curriculum Mornings-TWThF
6 Dance Spanish 3-4 Dance to understand Spanish language and culture Once a Week
7 Dance   9-12 Improvisation, composition and choreography Twice a Week
8 Dance   K-12 Dance for students with special needs Once a Week
9 Drama   K-6 or 9-12 Vocal technique, acting for musical theatre, staged musical Afternoons-MW; Friday
10 Drama   K-6 or 9-12 Monologue, scene and song study Mornings-MWF
11 Drama English, Language Arts 9-12 Integrate theatre into literature and history through character study, oral interpretation and script writing Afternoons
12 Music   7-12 Technique, phrasing, sound and tone production; Violin coaching Once a Week
13 Music   9-12 Cello coaching, cultivate passion for music Once a Week
14 Music   9-12 Horn coaching, physiology and psychology of performance Once a Week
15 Music   9-12 Viola coaching Once a Week
16 Music   6-12 Develop and coach small/chamber ensembles Once a Week

The 2016-17 project timeline will be:

May 27 Intern Applications Due
September 30 Educator Applications Due
October 5 Receive Classroom/Educator Match
October 7 First Intern Training
October Plan/Collaborate/Meet with Educator, Mentor
November 4 Second Intern Training
November-December Observe Classroom, Plan/Collaborate/Meet with Educator, Mentor
Week of January 9 First Lesson in Classroom, Plan/Collaborate/Meet/Reflect
January 27 Third Intern Training
January - May Conduct project in the classroom; at least 2 additional trainings will be held
May 26 End-of-Year Celebration


*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.