The upcoming bi-annual ICA Global Archives Sojourn, from October 21st through October 27th, will be a time to engage with the current work of the Archives, focusing on the content of three collections—Social Process, Imaginal Education, and Other World—ahead of the launch of the first ICA Global Archives website.
“Strengthening ICAs for greater effectiveness and sustainability in West Africa” will be the theme of the fourth annual ICA in West Africa Conference. ICA Côte d’Ivoire first hosted the regional gathering in 2015, followed by ICA Togo in 2016, Lambassa ICA Benin in 2017, and now EPDI Nigeria.
For many, words like sustainability and environmental justice conjure familiar images: solar panels glimmering on rooftops, recyclables tucked neatly in bins, fish freed from plastic soda rings. Nourish (comm)Unity, a series curated by Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, aims to bring less familiar images into focus.
For a building like ICA GreenRise, which hosts social service providers that reach over a thousand people weekly, every day seems like an open house. However, during Chicago Architecture Foundation’s annual Open House Chicago tour, architecture buffs, curiosity seekers, and passersby alike are drawn from across Chicago to marvel at buildings which might otherwise remain a mystery.
“I never paid any attention to this space until I was asked to get involved,” says Ian Whiting of the humble garden plot in Uptown’s Sunnyside Mall, adopted in 2016 by students at Courtenay Elementary’s Budding Gardeners program. Ian was one of several enthusiastic Uptown residents representing their neighborhood gardens during ICA’s Third Annual Uptown Garden Walk earlier this month.
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.
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.