Connecting Youth with Creative Professionals

The AIGA LINK Program connects San Diego area high school students with creative professionals through interactive workshops.

About Link

LINK provides FREE art and design workshops for qualifying high school students.

We work to connect teens in need with creative professionals, from graphic designers and photographers to illustrators and animators. LINK empowers students, giving them access to tools, projects that challenge, ideas to define and refine their talents. LINK also helps deserving students get scholarships that can open a path to college and a future career in the field of art and design.

LINK connects students between the ages of 14-19 with art and design professionals through engaging workshops and mentorship. Each workshop is a hands-on opportunity to learn new skills and work in different mediums.

Students who are not in the San Diego area are welcome to apply and participate in online workshops.

Apply today! Students will be chosen based on financial need, interest, and creative passion.

Have questions? Email the program director Karen, at link@sandiego.aiga.org

Starting in November

2022-23 Tentative In-Person Workshops

November 19
December 3
December 17
& more

LINK Workshops

Workshops (Select Saturdays 10 am-2 pm)
Professional creatives will be talking about their experiences, career path, and leading a hands-on workshop. 

Supplies
All supplies will be provided for enrolled students.

Lunch
Lunch and snacks will be provided at the workshops.

Discord
Enrolled students will be given access to the Discord server, an online chat forum where they can share work and be notified about various art opportunities.

Scholarships
Money for college is awarded to students at the end of each LINK "year." Students are selected based on attendance, student participation, talent, and need.  More info will be provided to enrolled students.

LINK students attending a class

Testimonials

ITZEL CAMACHO, LINK STUDENT 2012-2013, LINK MENTOR, 2014-2015

“I found out about LINK through my art teacher when I was a junior in high school. I learned from watching creative professionals demonstrate their work in progress while talking to us about the steps they would take in order to bring the project to completion. Watching the creative process unfold and then listening to what students from other high schools had to say about each other’s work, helped me to start building my portfolio.”

ANNA, LINK STUDENT

“LINK is able to give you more opportunities and variety to test out different types of art that you wouldn’t be able to do on your own.”