The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) was founded by David and Renate Jakupca in 1987 to meet the compelling needs of ordinary citizens for access to current, balanced, understandable information about complex global issues.
ICEA is organized into three divisions: Cultural, Environmental and Humanities. ICEA's mission is ICEALITY, that is to "Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through the Arts ultimately promoting a sustainable global Culture of Peace for all Living Things". This has led for ICEA to be a leading force for socially responsible activity.
In 1992, ICEA participated in the UN's first EARTH SUMMIT held in Rio de Janerio. In 1993 at the UN Conference on Human Rights in Vienna Austria, with the approval of US Delegation Leaders Geraldine Ferraro and President Jimmy Carter, ICEA has been recycling all major World Conferences ever since. ICEA exhibits have received international critical acclaim in the development of the environmental arts genre that is indigenous to the North East Ohio area.
The Theory on Environmental Arts on Environmental Arts was enthusiastically embraced by the United Nations by 1990 and was featured in many of their World Conferences;
1- 1992 Earth Summit on the Environment, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2- 1993 World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria
3- 1994 World Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt
4- 1995 World Conference on Women, Beijing, China
5- 1996 Habitat II- UN Conference on Human Settlements, Istanbul, Turkey
6- 2000 World's Fair, Expo2000, Hannover, Germany
7- 2001 World Conference on Racism, Durban, South Africa
8- 2002 World Summit on Sustainability, Johannesburg, South Africa
9- 2003 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy
10- 2005 World Conference on Peace, Verbania, Italy
11- 2007 World Peace Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The result of this major global public promotion at the United Nations level, is that the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts is now considered as the cornerstone of the modern sustainable global Environmental Art Movement and this concept is now replicated by artists, architects, urban planners and sustainable organizations throughout the World, reflecting a still growing global audience.
Similar to a Cultural District, North East Ohio Area has been 'branded' as the global Home of the Environmental Art Movement by the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) as a 'Cultural Industry' to foster civic identity, cultivate tourism, and brand Ohio Environmental Arts and Culture in the Bioregion.
As a visionary providing inspiration for others in the area of sustainable development, David has been officially designated by The City of Cleveland, Earth Island Institute and other major organizations as the "Spiritual Father of the Environmental Art Movement". TIME Magazine nominated them for their Millennium Heroes for the Planet.
The historic ARK in Berea, Ohio helped inaugurate the green LEED building trend that is now sweeping America. In 2000, mainly because of their heightened talent to match ability with vision, David and Renate were the ideal avant-guides to help lead the Nation into the next Millennium when they spent six months in Europe at EXPO2000, the World's Fair in Hannover, Germany as Americas Cultural Ambassadors.
Over the years, ICEA has gained a reputation for excellence based upon a unique library of specialized, current information on global importance and a wide range of imaginative programming and collaborations with other organizations to meet the needs of a broad constituency. With affiliates across the globe, the ICEA supports research, information sharing and effective action promoting a sustainable global culture of Peace for Living Things.
ICEA is a place where people are encouraged to develop their own unique individual skills and talents for themselves, their community, nation and the world. The ARK in Berea as a retreat, provides a healthy holistic environment to aid people in their social, emotional, physical, intellectual, spiritual as well as artistic growth. Sustainable business leadership training programs are available to corporate and community organizations. Consultants and Speakers are available for all topics relating to the Humanities, Arts, and the Environment.
1)- Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM)