2021 is the centennial of ICA GreenRise, which was constructed for Mutual Insurance in 1921 and donated by Kemper Insurance to the Institute of Cultural Affairs and Ecumenical Institute in 1971. We approach this milestone in celebration of the accomplishments of the past year and enthusiasm for our vision of the future!
We anticipate closing the GreenRise Historic Restoration Project in early 2021, a key step that will allow ICA GreenRise to strengthen its address on the climate crisis by being the first national demonstration of a vintage building to approach net zero.
GreenRise continues to provide affordable space to 19 nonprofit tenants and two intentional residential communities that provide an array of social services and housing to the Uptown community. The building is part of the Uptown Historic District, a designated Chicago Landmark, and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
ICA staff partnered with the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition to train and support a cohort of grassroots community leaders representing 10 organizations in using our participatory ToP methods. These leaders used ICA methods to engage communities in a statewide campaign to bring renewable, clean energy benefits and jobs to Illinoisans.
The national Technology of Participation (ToP) training program has gone virtual in response to the global pandemic, exploring new frontiers of facilitation. ICA and ToP trainers have collaboratively launched four new online courses, with even more in development.
The Global Research Network, formerly known as the ICA Global Archives, is planning a Global Research Assembly for May 2021, focused on sharing what is working globally and targeting future research arenas.
In 2020, the project hosted two significant virtual event. In May, more than 100 people from nine different countries attended a Virtual Global Research Assembly exploring how our archival collections can generate tools and insights for the needs of the present. In November, fifty colleagues participated in a three-day Problem Solving Unit to discern the form of the project for the next year.
We believe that transformational change comes as a result of enabling people everywhere to work together to shape their lives and communities. We need your help!
Your unrestricted contribution supports our greatest needs, allowing us to strengthen operations and grow programs. You may also make restricted donations to Programs, GreenRise, Social Research Center, or International Engagement.
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The Institute of Cultural Affairs
4750 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640
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