I am most looking forward to learning from my fellow board members and the incredibly talented staff at ICA. I am most looking forward to learning from my fellow board members and the incredibly talented staff at ICA. The wealth of knowledge and lived experience present in the room at any given time is astounding.
ICA completed Out and About Uptown’s Coast, a year-long coastal education series focusing on our home community of Uptown, earlier this year. The series focused on increasing awareness, access, and stewardship of the coastal zone. The project team used ICA’s Imaginal Education theory and tools to design an transformative education series tailored to residents, workers, and visitors in the Uptown community.
Local steward Ted Jindrich taking participants on a tour of natural dunes
ICA’s current community programs work at the intersection of environmental and social justice. Our programs also aim to support and showcase other organizations and individuals who are working on transforming our current inequitable systems. ICA launched a new event series called Conversations of Social Justice, which highlights local resource organizations so that Uptown residents and workers have the opportunity to further connect regarding services, partnerships, and volunteer opportunities.
Participants write actions they’re inspired to take after the conversation
ICA Global Archives Team works to recover, organize, digitize, and reimagine more than 50 years of work by the Institute of Cultural Affairs and Ecumenical Institute. This vital work is made possible by the incredible volunteer commitment of ICA colleagues across the world. Twice a year, in the spring and fall, colleagues are invited to converge at the ICA GreenRise in Chicago for a week of reconnection, sharing approaches that work, and work to bring the wisdom of the organization to the challenges of the current day.
ICA’s Technology of Participation (ToP) training program continues to thrive in 2018. With more than 100 trainers in 26 states offering over 250 public courses each year, ToP’s impact continues to grow throughout the United States. Several improvements to the ToP program are currently underway through the work of ICA staff and trainer teams throughout the US. Some notable teams and projects include...
Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) connects grassroots leaders from communities across the city to collaborate, share resources, support each other’s work, build a stronger collective voice, and nurture equitable and impactful relationships with policy makers. CSLN meetings take place bi-monthly at different locations throughout the city to highlight different member neighborhoods and buildings. So far in 2018 the network has met at Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab in the Bronzeville community, Garfield Park Conservatory, the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) Heritage Garden, and the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park.
ICA’s mission of building “a just and equitable society in harmony with planet Earth” begins here at home with the ICA GreenRise, our national landmark building. In May 2018 the Chicago Community Loan Fund extended to ICA a $3.5 million loan for the purposes of anchoring the total funding needed to begin work on the historic restoration of the building. In addition, the Capital Campaign supported by nearly 25 ICA colleagues and individuals raised more than $300,000. The remaining funds are being secured from federal tax credit programs and private equity providers. Negotiations are underway for closing Phase I of the project by October 2018.
Colleagues convened at the ICA GreenRise from Sunday, April 22nd through Saturday, April 28th for the Spring 2018 Sojourn. The week of work focused on six major areas: 1) Global Archives website; 2) Imaginal Education; 3) Social Process; 4) Other World; 5) sifting through the basement; 6) organizing AV record and archive space.