How does it work?

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:

What is ITAC IMPACT: Climate

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!

2022 Artists

Abner Delina

Christine Hatton

Katie Basile

Pawel Pokutycki

AFRICA/US TA Exchange

2021 Artists

Rachael Jacobs

Dijana Milošević

Razcel Jan Salvarita

Francine Kliemann

Our New Online Course

Once the 2021 - 22 pilot projects were complete, we partnered with kadenze.com – the largest online platform for arts learning – to develop a new online curriculum based on the social impact practice and learning from this work - 'Teaching Artistry for Social Impact'.

This course is a pioneering new resource for teaching artists/participatory artists/community artists everywhere who have an interest in social impact and are looking to enhance their approach to project design and delivery. We have drawn deeply from the wisdom within our network, international resources, and practice-based learning, to bring this resource to the field.

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This free course leads participants through rigorous, teaching artist-centred methods and supports them to develop a project model of their own.
Join us to develop a strategic approach to project design and delivery (including logic models, stakeholder mapping, empathy mapping, embedded assessment and more). Participants take the course at their own pace, connect with other TAs doing social impact work around the world, and receive personal feedback on their culminating project model from a course coach.

THE CLIMATE COLLECTIVE

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: aislinn@itac-collaborative.com 


Our New Case Studies

To support ITAC's new online course, and document the processes through which Teaching Artistry can create change, we also used our 2021 ITAC IMPACT: Climate projects to create a set of 4 comprehensive case studies.

These case studies which live on kadenze.com, can act as reference points throughout our new course and complement the activities assigned, but can also be used to educate people outside our sector about how arts can mobilise communities towards deep social shifts.

They showcase the very best of what Teaching Artistry has to offer in the arts, climate and social impact space - and prove the way in which it can create long term impact. These can be explored alongside our new course, or completely independently.

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THE CLIMATE COLLECTIVE

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: aislinn@itac-collaborative.com 

HEAR fROM oUR ARTISTS aBOUT tHEIR PROJECTS:

A GLOBAL AUDIENCE

A NEW ONLINE CURRICULUM

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.

A FRAMEWORK FOR CREATING AND SUSTAINING SOCIAL CHANGE

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: aislinn@itac-collaborative.com

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