ICA GreenRise is now a Chicago Landmark!
ICA GreenRise, formerly known as as the Kemper Insurance and Mutual Insurance Building, has signed its name into history after receiving landmark status on March 13, 2013 by the City Council. Along with historical landmark status, this year, ICA GreenRise has also been officially welcomed to the Retrofit Chicago: Commercial Buildings Initiative.
The historic building has served as the center for the ICA throughout the years, and has been used in a multitude of ways - one of the most significant being it's time as ICA's International Training Headquarters and residential facility. The building has been a pivotal feature of ICA's success and offered a space for ICA to expand it's community development efforts world wide. Currently, the building tenants include over 15 different non profit organizations, a intentional community, and a two floors used for ICA programming.
Raymond and Tina Spencer 2013 Challenge Grant
The ICA expresses another deeply heart-felt thank you to Raymond and Tina Spencer. They have once again pledged to match all new and increased gifts up to $40,000 in 2013. It is support like this that makes ICA programs possible. As we enter the second quarter of 2013, please consider your personal gift for 2013. It is simple, donate now online.
Remote Archivers Make a Strong Impact
An amazing amount of new non-paper Archives have been created by seven individuals working far away from our Chicago location. One focus has been in audio-visual compilations, digitization and evaluation.
Michael May in Indiana made eighteen DVD's focusing on J. W. Mathews speeches. In addition, Don Cramer in Washington is listening to one DVD each week, identifying the speaker, evaluating for quality and significance of content.
Learning Basket Program Expands
It has been an exciting start to the year for the Learning Basket program in Chicago. The program received funding for three new initiatives beginning this spring. The first is a grant from the Thorek foundation in support of the "Learning Basket for Healthy Families" program. The ICA has partnered with Heartland Health Association in Uptown to bring the curriculum to 20 families in the area, most of whom are recent immigrants. The program discusses healthy development in young children and healthy habits for families.