Seva talks about some of the particulars in the ICA's Service Learning program. Four students from Oklahoma City University finished a three-session recently and we're preparing to work with other universities now. See some of what they learn about
ICA Talks about Transition Chicago
ICA staff member Nina talks about Transition Chicago and plans for highlighting sustainability projects in all of Chicago's 77 community areas. Take a listen.
You Are Invited To Help Create the EI/ICA 50th Celebration!
50 local events will be held to celebrate 50 years of ICA work, consider present challenges for our communities and the globe, and look ahead to the next 50 years of positive, innovative social change.
See highlights from the memorial service for Leroy Fredrik Buss on July 30, 2011 in Chicago. Part 1: Opening of the service. Part 2: Kaye Hayes Gadway's and Lindsey Buss's rembrances. Part 3: Paul Schrijnen's rembrances. Part 4: Don Warren's remebrances.
RFP For Creation of the ICA 50th Anniversary Art Form
Fiftieth Anniversary "Contemporary Tapestry” or "Fabric Wall Hanging”
Background: The Institute of Cultural Affairs, www.ica-usa.org, is preparing to celebrate its Fiftieth Anniversary in 2012. While a major public event will occur in Chicago on June 22, 2012, preparations are also underway for 50 anniversary events to occur around the country, and perhaps the world. These will occur over several months commencing in September 2011 and will continue throughout 2012. All of these 50 events will consist of gatherings, some large and some small, with a focus on group discussions about the next 50 years.
Concept: Strips of cloth of diverse colors and patterns measuring approximately 4”x12” will be made available at each of the 50 events. Read more...
ICA will be co-sponsor, with the Oklahoma City University Oikos Scholars Program, of "Caring for Our HOME: Educating Moral Leaders for Ecological Sustainability.” This collaborative conference will occur September 23-24, 2011, on the OCU campus and will focus on the role of higher education in working with students and communities to create educational programs and community partnerships to care for planet earth.
Dean Mark Davies at OCU has always seen ICA's network of experienced change agents as a "living archive” that has valuable wisdom to share with today's students and faculty. I hope many of you will consider attending in order to share that wisdom. More information can be found about the Oikos event, including the agenda and bios of speakers, on the registration page at http://www.ica-usa.org/events/event_details.asp?id=143984.
ICA is in the process of implementing a new program called Leadership in the Time of Transition. Several colleges and universities have approached ICA looking for an experiential program outside the classroom. We have long known the value of college-age students' involvement in community development initiatives. It is important to foster student leadership.
A team of people in Chicago, headed by James Addington, have been hard at work creating a "service learning” program design. The premise is for participants to experience an intensive program built upon the importance of civic engagement and community life. The program will focus on (1) Creating a Just and Equitable Society, (2) Shaping a Green and Sustainable Society, and (3) Building the foundations for peace. The first set of students from Oklahoma City University will arrive at the end of July.
TRUE AND SPENCER CHALLENGE GRANTS
The excitement and energy that the Sandra True Memorial Fund and the Raymond and Tina Spencer $60,000 match commitments generated was amazing and gratifying. So much so, that we have reached the targeted amount, $60,000, in just six months! It is heartening and great news that ICA colleagues responded with such enthusiasm and affection.The matches were the catalyst, but not the sole reasons for the quick success. Old camaraderie, future vision and spirit abounds! In addition to recognizing and honoring Sandra, ICA colleagues, past and present have vitally important contribution to make in creating the future. These funds will be used to continue the powerful resurgence of ICA mission and programming that was so important to Sandra. As we plan for the 50th Anniversary and celebration, ICA thanks you all for your many gifts of monetary and encouraging support.