Part 1 - Big Picture: Evaluating Initiative & Ground Level Impact of ITAC IMPACT

Recorded On: 09/16/2022


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Part 1 Big Picture: Evaluating Initiative & Ground Level Impact of ITAC IMPACT

September 14, 12:00 noon - 1:15 ET 


The International Teaching Artist Collaborative (ITAC) is forging important pathways for teaching artists, schools, community leaders, and funders who share concerns about climate crises as they escalate locally and globally. In this session, learn from ITAC’s Aislinn Ryan about its groundbreaking initiative, ITAC IMPACT: Climate, which provides a framework through which teaching artists can design and lead projects in their local communities to positively impact climate issues using teaching artistry. Gain an overview of the impetus for this initiative, its intents, program design, funding, and multi-year evolution. Most specifically, participants will gain insight into how Animating Democracy’s Continuum of IMPACT is being applied as an integral tool for evaluating the range of teaching artist-led projects and the initiative on the whole and, of course, what has been learned about impacts. Teaching artist Katie Basile will discuss her in-progress project using photography and drones with students in Napakiak, AK, concerning permafrost melt, flooding, and rapid erosion and her experience using the Continuum.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn ways to apply the Continuum of IMPACT to define and evaluate initiative level and project level outcomes and indicators for creative issue-based projects, as artists, partners, and funders.  
  • Learn how this initiative is building teaching artists’ capacity in evaluation through cohort orientation and exchange, connection with local climate experts, an online curriculum, and the ITAC Climate Collective.
  • Gain deeper understanding of the role teaching artists and their partners can play to engage students and community members regarding local climate change concerns.


Students in Napakiak, AK using drones to capture shoreline erosion as part of Katie Basile’s teaching artist residency project with ITAC’s IMPACT: Climate initiative. Photo: Courtesy Katie Basile  

Aislinn Ryan

Project Manager, ITAC Impact: Climate

International Teaching Artist

Aislinn Ryan is Project Manager for ITAC’s pioneering initiative, ITAC IMPACT: Climate.  Working alongside a climate expert, a curriculum designer, and partner networks, Aislinn coordinates the activities of the Climate Collective: an international cohort of teaching artists commissioned to design and deliver community-engagement projects that combat climate change. Prior to joining ITAC, Aislinn worked in the Tours and Projects department at Askonas Holt, managing international tours for major orchestras and dance companies. She has worked for English Touring Opera, where she managed relationships with trusts and foundations, brokered creative partnerships, and expanded the membership scheme. Aislinn also previously served on the Board of OYAP (Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership).  Aislinn is a former professional dancer; she toured the world as the principal dancer of Riverdance and is a qualified Irish dance teacher. She has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and History from Victoria University in her hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.


Katie Basile

teaching artist

Katie Basile is a photojournalist, documentary photographer, and filmmaker with a focus on her home, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of Alaska. Katie began her career as a teaching artist and has more than a decade of experience collaborating on multimedia stories with rural Alaskan youth. From Yup’ik kayak building to the high teacher turnover rate, youth-led storytelling continues to expand Katie’s understanding of traditional and contemporary rural Alaska. Katie is a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Awardee and the co-recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in video through her work at KYUK Public Media. She recently directed the award-winning short film “To Keep as One” in collaboration with the Newtok Village Council which premiered at the 2020 Big Sky Film Festival. Katie lives in Bethel, Alaska with her husband and two young sons.


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Part 1 - Big Picture: Evaluating Initiative- & Ground-Level Impact of ITAC/IMPACT
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