Institute of Cultural Affairs | September 5, 2018
ICA E-News – September 2018
In this issue:
  • Third Annual Uptown Garden Walk this Weekend
  • Check out the New ICA Website and Sticky Wall Sale
  • ICA Summer Initiatives Published
Join the Third Annual Uptown Garden Walk this Weekend!
This Saturday, September 8th, 2018, is the Third Annual Uptown Garden Walk, a day of exploring the diverse identity of Uptown through its local gardens and parks!

This years Garden Walk offers two self-guided tours, and two scheduled tours, with a Garden Gathering reception with refreshments in between. Both guided tours start at Clarendon Park Community Center. A theme for both tours is Common Ground, exploring the ways green spaces in a city are a shared resource and the implications they have on city planning. The 1PM Trees of Uptown Tour will explore this theme specifically through trees, highlighting tree preservation, the finances behind trees, and tree-related resources. The 3PM No Small Plans Tour will explore landscape architect Alfred Caldwell’s plan for Uptown’s coastal trails. 

The 2PM Garden Gathering welcomes residents, gardeners, and others to mingle and connect with stewardship opportunities in Uptown. Refreshments are generously provided by Uptown Donuts and Middle East Bakery and Grocery!

ICA is dedicated to providing a free and fun celebration of community assets. All are welcome to help support this event through a donation via IOBY (link below). Attendees are asked to RSVP to the event.
Check out the new ICA Website and Sticky Wall Sale!
In celebration of our brand new website and online store, ICA is having a Sticky Wall Sale!

Use promo code STICKYWALLSALE at checkout to save $15 on any order containing a Sticky Wall (including ToP Facilitator Tool Kits)!
ICA Summer Initiatives Published
The following articles are featured in the latest edition of the ICA Summer Initiatives. More on each article is available via our website, as linked below. Initiatives is available on the ICA website and via PDF.
Uptown Education Series Raises Coastal Awareness
ICA completed Out and About Uptown’s Coast, a year-long coastal education series focusing on the coastal zone in Uptown, earlier this year. The series focused on increasing awareness, access, and stewardship of the coastal zone. Find the toolkit at
Conversations on Social Justice Series Launches with Spotlight on Immigration
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.
Broadening Chicago's Environmental Movement
So far in 2018 Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network has met at Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab in the Bronzeville community, Garfield Park Conservatory, University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) Heritage Garden, and Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. ​​​
Activating Technology of Participation (ToP) Across the United States
Several improvements to the ToP program are currently underway through the work of ICA staff and trainer teams throughout the US. Read notable updates from projects and teams, and Save-the-Date for the 2019 ToP Gathering in New Orleans.
Global Archives Go Digital
From April 22nd to 28th, the Spring 2018 Global Archives Sojourn focused on six major areas included (1) the Global Archives website, (2) Imaginal Education, (3) Social Process, (4) Other World, (5) Sifting through the basement and (6) Organizing digital storage space.
Innovations Continue at ICA GreenRise
Plans are beginning to finalize for the close of Phase I financing. Notably, in May 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.
Board Spotlight: Jessica Payne
"I was born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma with a 7-year stint in Chicago working in the financial sector as a Senior Marketing Manager for Wintrust. I now call St. Louis my home and am a practicing macro-level social worker. I currently work in a unique shared staff position between the federally designated St. Louis Promise Zone and Forward Through Ferguson, the nonprofit that was created to carry forward the calls to action from the Ferguson Commission Report that was completed after the killing of Mike Brown in August of 2014. My job is to align the goals and work of the Promise Zone with those calls to action to ensure all of our work is completed with a racial equity lens. "
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