Opportunity: Open call for climate focused participatory artists

31st March 2021

ITAC is seeking five participatory artists from around the world to join ITAC IMPACT: Climate

ITAC IMPACT: Climate is a new international project, run by ITAC, which invites participatory artists (also known in some countries as teaching artists), to develop project models, form a purpose-built collective and contribute to a new online curriculum for teaching artists with an interest in climate change.

The Climate Collective

ITAC will commission five teaching artists from around the world to design and deliver projects in their local communities that change beliefs and behaviours in relation to climate change. The geographically and culturally diverse artists will form the core of the Climate Collective – a subgroup of climate-engaged teaching artists who will learn from each other, provide peer-to-peer support, and experiment with different engagement methods. The Climate Collective will be supported by a science ambassador – a climate expert who provides scientific context to the project and informs the approach to monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

 A global audience

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.

A new online curriculum

ITAC has partnered with kadenze – 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.

Selected artists will receive up to £8000 each (inclusive of the design, delivery, and curriculum development). For further information about the project criteria and how to apply please visit the ITAC Impact: Climate website.

The deadline for applications is Monday 12th April.

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