The Fifth International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC5) moved online - and what an amazing event it turned into!
Our South Korean hosts designed an abundant conference, which took place digitally from 14th - 17th September 2020, focusing on the themes:
Boundaries into New Pathways:
- Local & Nomadic Practices
- Peace & Reconciliation
We created 2 custom built conference sites, which offered extensive engagement opportunities, since we couldn't be together in person:
1. The ITAC community space (coffee lounges, debates, art project)
2. The ITAC5 Conference hall (workshop sessions, ITAC Collaborative Lounge, Library and more)
Over 3 full days of programming, the conference offered more than 60 sessions led by colleagues from 19 different countries and a diverse range of art forms.
In addition to a jam-packed workshop schedule, there were break out spaces to connect with colleagues from around the world, collaborative online art projects, keynote speakers and more.
After the event, project funding was made available for 2 projects arising from the conference. As a result, we are happy too announce the Teaching Artist Asia project has now launched!
Although the conference was online, we asked all delegates to commit to spending these 3 full days in deep inquiry with us. To create the ITAC community we all love, we challenged our participants to engage fully in these three days as if we were together in person.
It is of course hard to schedule live events when we join from so many time zones, so we made sure all delegates had live, interactive content wherever they live. Workshops primarily took place between 9am and 10pm Seoul time (which meant every time zone could engage with different portions of the day). In addition to the workshop hours, there were staggered live reflective sessions available, which happened during the day for other parts of the world. Delegates could join with colleagues in time zones similar to their own, to chat and check up on what they missed.
Registration fees were purposefully kept low (no travel or housing costs either!), and significantly reduced registration fees were available to those hit especially hard by COVID-19. To allow us to offer this, we asked that those who are joining from larger institutions (or have been less financially affected by the pandemic) pay it forward and contribute the full amount. As an experiment, we also offered free spectator passes for the first time. These spaces allowed people to observe selected content and watch certain pre-selected sessions. Free passes did not allow for real time interaction with participants, but they were hugely popular and more than 1,000 teaching artists from around the world took us up on the offer!
To explore, or for more information, visit our: ITAC5 Community Platform