In March 2021, ITAC piloted this initiative, by commissioning 5 Teaching Artists in different parts of the world, to undertake a creatively engaging project with their local communities, addressing a local climate challenge, activating participants to be agents of change. ITAC gathered a collective of like-spirited colleagues who convene regularly to support each other’s work. [link here]
We are supported by a Science Ambassador – a world-respected climate expert who gives scientific context to the project and informs the evaluation and learning. This first round of projects led to unprecedented successes, which you can read about on our commissioned artists project pages:
ITAC IMPACT: Climate is our flagship climate project—a framework through which teaching artists can design and lead projects in their local communities to positively impact the climate crisis using teaching artistry. We have commissioned five community projects (with more in the pipeline) and launched a Climate Collective of environmentally-committed teaching artists around the world. We are demonstrating the power of our specialized skill set with a dedicated subgroup of teaching artists to raise awareness, educate others, activate participation and ultimately change minds and behaviour in relation to climate change. ITAC lays the groundwork for future collaborations between the arts and other sectors to create social change. This is just the beginning!
Once the pilot projects were complete, we partnered with kadenze.com – the largest online platform for arts learning – to develop an online curriculum based on the discoveries from the artist’s community-engagement projects, using their approaches as case studies throughout (to be published in May 2022).
The impact of our commissioned artists' work will be widely shared with arts, education, and climate networks, and through opportunities for presenting at high profile international conferences. The accessible online 20-hour teaching artist course will guide practitioners to undertake social impact work in their own communities, around the world—ITAC will make this free for teaching artists anywhere.
After the massive response to our 2021 open call for climate-focused Teaching Artists, it became clear there was a hunger for ongoing dialogue, networking and support for practitioners who work in this field. In response, ITAC established the Climate Collective, inviting anyone who submitted an ITAC IMPACT: Climate proposal to join. We commissioned one of these Teaching Artists to lead the group, to establish regular meetings, programmes of ongoing support and development opportunities, to publish a newsletter and to launch working groups to create foundation documents for this field. You can read more about the ITAC Climate Collective, and their activities, here: https://itac-collaborative.com/projects/climate-collective If you have any questions about the project, please get in touch with: email@example.com
The impact of the Climate Collective’s work will be widely shared with arts, education, and climate networks, and through opportunities for presenting at high profile international conferences. The case studies will also form the basis of an accessible online teaching artist curriculum, informing and guiding practitioners in undertaking climate-conscious work in their own communities, around the world.
ITAC has partnered with kadenze.com – the largest online platform for arts learning – to develop an online curriculum based on the discoveries from the Climate Collective’s community-engagement projects. Kadenze will employ a specially devised framework for technology-enabled creative learning to develop an accessible and engaging course that draws on the expertise and impact of the five international case studies.
ITAC IMPACT: Climate is the pilot project for establishing a framework through which teaching artists can positively impact complex social issues. By demonstrating the power of a dedicated subgroup of teaching artists to raise awareness, educate others, and ultimately change minds and behaviour in relation to climate change, ITAC lays the groundwork for future collaborations between the arts and other sectors to create social change.
If you have any questions about the project, please get in touch with: firstname.lastname@example.org