Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ARK in Berea - Märchengarten (Fairytale Garden)


Märchengarten

Pohadkovy Les – Fairytale Forest


ARK in Berea - Pohadkovy Les (Fairytale Forest) is a traditional Czech way of getting children off the sofa and out into the fresh air. Adults dress up as famous characters from Czech fairy tales and head off into the woods. The children then follow a path through the trees and magically come across princesses, devils, witches, jolly kings, capering fools and the inevitable wandering-pauper-who-turns-out-to-be-the-rightful-heir-to-the-throne.
The Czech Republic is often a fairytale land in general. If you read descriptions of almost any part of the country by travellers from Western Europe or America, the words ‘fairytale castle’ are bound to pop up somewhere. When I was a kid, I could never relate to Grimm’s Fairy Tales because the forests I knew were oak and beech, with a sprinkling of pine plantations. For me, Hobbits and The Shire seemed a far more likely proposition. But when I saw the Beskid mountains for the  first time, with their impenetrable spruce forests and dark cabins of hewn timber I realised where the Grimms were coming from.
These fairy tales then, are a part of the culture which the kids grow up with. Christmas isn’t Christmas without them, like pantomimes and James Bond films in Britain. And like pantomimes and Bond films, there’s a certain general formula to follow, where the good guys win and everything works out just fine in the end. So when the family pub on the edge of our local forest advertised an upcoming Pohadkovy Les, it seemed like the ideal way to spend a Spring Saturday with the family.

Pohadkovy Les – Fairytale Forest part II: The Rain.

The rain started about a week ago and has barely let up since. It came with unusually high winds and together they’ve been knocking down forests and flooding towns across the country. The comments on the pub’s Facebook page suggested the event might even be cancelled but Czechs always seem to be surprised when it rains. Personally, I’ve felt right at home for the last week, with roads turning into rivers and the wind howling around the buildings carrying off roof tiles, branches and small mammals. We grow up with this in Britain but the Czechs aren’t used to it and nobody seems to own a rain coat! Instead, they all own umbrellas and the towns are full of people walking around poking each others’ eyes out and soaking wet from the shoulders down. Things did not bode well for the Fairytale Forest.
However, in a surprising twist, the organisers decided to pull the assorted characters in from the forest and hold the event on the field next to the pub. It was a bold decision but if 2014 really is an El Nino year then they could, once again, be trend-setters! We wrapped Our Kid up in his waterproof suit, packed extra clothes, messed around for a truly amazing length of time and finally arrived just as the whole thing was starting to pack up.
In a scene worthy of any British village fair, the good people of Poruba were hawking their wares, peddling their artifacts and ignoring the drizzle with a smile. Among a scattering of roofing debris, torn branches and displaced mammals, a lady artistically twisted some balloons into a dog for Our Kid. Our Dog mistook them for juicy sausages and came away sorely disappointed.

Home-made Fried Stuff being hawked and peddled in the drizzle.

Our Dog checking that the balloons are not, in fact, juicy sausages.

Our Kid with his balloon dog. Our Dog still disappointed that it isn’t made of sausages.
Around the folorn-looking maypole, giants, devils and princesses were clearing up their stalls after a clearly brave attempt to brighten people’s lives up despite the weather. The princesses seemed to have come off worst as their flowing skirts had been flowing over the wet grass all morning and had succumbed to rising damp. We complimented them all on their costumes, thanked them for braving the weather and then escaped inside to sit next to the fire before anyone else thought of it.

The Maypole looking more like an October pole.
Pohadkovy Les - Fairytale Forest. Czech traditions. The mushrooms have lost their magic for Our Dog.
The mushrooms have lost their magic for Our Dog.

Our Kid resisting the lure of the Gingerbread House

Liška Bystrouška – The Cunning Little Vixen. Whatever she did that was so cunning, we missed it.

A king, reduced to serfdom because of the weather.

The cast, still smiling despite being cold and damp. Heroes all!
Inside, I managed to choose the only table with a broken leg, order drinks, sit down, hit the broken leg with my foot and spill my beer all over Our Kid. In front of everyone. I soaked my only child in beer and everyone saw me do it. If I had any shame, it would’ve killed me!
Luckily, we had come in to sit next to a fire, so I changed his wet stuff for the dry stuff in my bag and hung the wet stuff up to dry. This gave us enough time to dine on a particularly smelly cheese called Tvarůžky while Our Kid experimented with toasting bread without a toasting fork.
Our Kid's clothes recovering from my little accident with the table and the beer. Pohadkovy Les - Fairytale Forest. Czech traditions.
Our Kid’s clothes recovering from my little accident with the table and the beer.

A nice glass of foaming beer and some VERY interesting cheese await you in the pubs of Moravia!

Our Kid’s brief experiment with fork-less toasting revealed some serious flaws in the concept.
By this time, the fairy-tale folk had packed up and gone, most of the customers had left and the bar staff were cold and damp so we paid up, thanked them for their efforts and headed off into the forest for a stroll in the fresh air and drizzle. Our kid’s balloon dog had started to come undone and resembled a model of the Ebola virus more than a dog but his interest had shifted to the patterns on the tree stumps and the way the water dripped from the trees.

Inflatable Ebola, anyone?

Our Lass with Our Kid standing on the stump of a tree that was a sapling when the First World War broke out.

Every day brings something new, if you only know how to look…
As we tried to walk, he stumbled from one tree to another, hypnotised. While we worried about getting to the bus stop in time, his world was filled with the texture of the leaves and the way the light reflected off the droplets of water. Watching him there, totally oblivious to bus times and weather conditions, was a reminder of how magical a place a forest always is if you know how to look at it properly.

Friday, March 27, 2015

On Behalf of the Greater Cleveland German American Community, Ambassadors David and Renate jakupca offer Condolences to Familys connected to the German Wings Tradegy

American Cultural Ambassadors David und Renate Jakupca am Freitag ehrte die Opfer der Germanwings-Jet, abgestürzt.
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David und Renate Jakupca am Freitag ehrte die
Opfer der Germanwings
4U 9525-Jet, abgestürzt.


    "Wir waren tief betrübt über den Verlust von Germanwings
Jst Absturz mit 148 Personen an Bord zu hören", schrieb der Botschafter. "Dieses Unglück endete die Leben von Hunderten von Menschen, Besatzungsmitglieder und Passagiere und führte zu unermesslichen Trauer und Verlust an ihre lieben. Teilen die Trauer und den Schmerz der internationalen Gemeinschaft, wollen wir die Angehörigen der unschuldigen Opfer Kraft des Geistes.
Wir möchten unser herzliches Beileid den Familien und Freunden der Beteiligten zu senden. In dieser schwierigen Zeit, all jene, die von dieser Tragödie betroffen sind in unsere Gedanken und Gebete."sagte sie.

Links:
Germanwings
https://www.germanwings.com/en.html


Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/24/us-france-crash-airbus-lufthansa-idUSKBN0MK0ZP20150324

NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/27/world/europe/germanwings-crash.html?_r=0

Wall Street Journal
http://www.wsj.com/articles/germanwings-pilot-locked-out-of-cockpit-before-plane-crash-1427359266

BBC
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32030270



Thursday, March 5, 2015

International Women's Day 2015 Theme: MAKE PEACE HAPPEN for ALL the WORLDS CHILDREN

Ambassador Renate - First Lady of Peace
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. United Nations and other organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

This year, Ambassador Renate Jakupca of Berea, Ohio is being honored by the Siebenbuergen Saxons of Germany for creating a revolutionary method for making a sustainable culture of Peace for All the Worlds Children and establishing a whole new scientific field in Environmental Arts.  Her pioneering work on Peace through the 'Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts' has had a significant impact on future peace endeavors and research. A risk-taker, Ambassador Renate has always done things her way: Committed to preserving our planet, she has dedicated her life to finding new and intelligent solutions to address the environmental challenge.

Passionate and determined, she is convinced that education for all is the key to a better world and, through her work at the ARK in Berea and International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), she hopes to contribute to promoting science as a captivating and fun career path for all the Worlds Children.
An article entitled “Ambassador Renate: A Siebenbürger Sachsen Immigrant’s Peace Trail to Cleveland Ohio“ by author Eugene Schiopota, chronicles’ her trail from Europe to Cleveland, Ohio and into the Worlds Peace Makers Hall of Fame. 
Passionate and determined, she is convinced that education for all is the key to a better world and, through her work at the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), she hopes to contribute to promoting science as a captivating and fun career path for all the Worlds Children.
Link;
http://www.americantowns.com/oh/cleveland/news/international-womens-day-2015-theme-make-peace-happen-22182660



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

“The Right of People to Feel Proud of the Original Nation to Which they Belong”



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“The Rights of People to Feel Proud of the Original Nation to Which they Belong”

Culture has been growing since the beginning of Time and the Worlds Children are still practicing it today. Through Iceality, we also learn how to be better people in a Multicultural Society like living together as brothers and sisters with everything else.  The Human Spirit is a very complex diverse living enigma. Every individual human has distinguishing feelings, behaviors and traits. It is only through culture where human beings act uniformly and live as a society. Thus, in a simple definition of culture, we all agree that culture is a totality way of life of a certain given society as they live and continue to reside with other Worlds Children.  

Brahui traditions and culture is the total way of life that the Worlds Children in the Pakistani Society are blessed with. Brahui Culture is the characteristic of this particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. Through Brahui culture they are governed by customs, which are the pillars of their society. If these pillars are not properly followed in their society, it will eventually cease to exist. It’s a gradual way of life of presenting Brahui customs to people who surround us through music, dances, arts, crafts, food, dressing style, languages just to mention a few. The Brahuis have an oral tradition of folk songs and heroic poems. These are sung by a class of minstrels and musicians who are attached to every Brahui community. The threat of extinction to Brahui language is not a mere threat to a language but it is the death threat to the history, cultural, folklore, folk songs and all other cultural treats of millions of people of Balochistan, Sindh, Iran, and Afghanistan. The Brahuis have an oral tradition of folk songs and heroic poems. These are sung by a class of professional minstrels and musicians called Dombs, who are attached to every Brahui community.  Moreover, it would be the extinction of the only ancient Dravidian language of Pakistan.

The ways Pakistanis handle their own lives and whatever surrounds them; is actually their culture, and it is that through which they are identified. However, there are many other different cultures from other communities and from other parts of the world which remain to be the part of great adventure and identity to those people who live in Pakistan.  It is important to recognize and appreciate their cultures. Wherever you are and wherever you live, your culture is of great value since it is the one which made you to be who you are today. Under no circumstances, should anyone abandon his or her culture because if one abandons his or her culture, they abandon themselves.
It is about time for everyone to protect all what you have in your culture, and whatever is good, should be taken to great heights and you should try your best to eliminate all those practices which are against basic human rights even if they have been practiced in your culture for centuries. “Culture is not static, it changes as the World develops, so let us not be prisoners of our own culture.”
For those who have been here for the International Conference on Brahui Language and Culture will agree that this event is about commemorating your culture and other cultures beyond our boarders and beyond our continent. It must be well understood that, preserving the Brahui culture, doesn’t mean to disrespect other peoples’ cultures. Cultures create and develop all the Worlds Children identities.
Today and now, I highly call all students and staffs here to try all your absolute best to love and feel proud of their Brahui culture. This is because it is believed that you will not know the importance of things unless they are lost to you. Through the education that we get here at the International Conference on Brahui Language and Culture, you should enable yourselves to reach the maximum goals of fighting and eradicating poverty, diseases and ignorance which are the challenges facing the Pakistani People. But also it will help to reach the mission and vision of preparing the future leaders of Pakistan and the world at large. Leaders who are responsible, respectful, honest, and kind to all the Worlds Children on our planet Earth because if we destroy it, we also destroy ourselves. ‘I believe that people are not Pakistani because they are born in Pakistan but because Pakistan is born in their hearts’.  The International Center for Environmental Arts affiliate in Pakistan World Peace Daily through Peace Emissary Baba Brohi will stand by and support them, in the face of this ongoing hazard.
The Brahui Culture is not sustainable with our environment. The responsibility of preserving your environment is also part of the Brahui History. In the “Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts” it explains that “…people want to live in Peace with Nature and Art and Culture is the bonding meaningful addition to everything around them," it says. "In this regard, the potential of what Iceality can do hasn't yet been tapped,"
Ladies and gentlemen, let me take this opportunity to remind everyone at the Conference to take responsibility in preserving our environment through Iceality, which is exactly what Mother Nature has accomplished for millions of years.  

Having said so, I believe that changes can also be brought by you here at the International Conference on Brahui Language and Culture, by working and cooperating with different people, even those who live beyond your shores. Through your talents, ideas and education that we get here at the International Conference on Brahui Language and Culture, we can change yourselves as well as preserve your Brahui society. I truly believe that this young and brave generation will one day make a greater change and make the world a better place for all the Worlds Children.

There are many languages in Pakistan ranging from Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri, Brahui, Hindko, Shina and Saraik. All these people have their cultures. But you are blessed to be all united by one language, Urdu and one country – Pakistan.

Actually, there is indeed a great need of creating a balance between confirmations of the previous marginalized cultures by supporting each other, and also appreciate the current dominant cultures putting forward and supporting one common language.

Ultimately, to make this long story short, may I call all of us with all love, kindness and sympathy to pray for the 145 people who were killed at the Army Public School and Degree College.   God bless Bahui, God bless Pakistan, and God bless all the Worlds Children.

Remember. ان کی ثقافت کو ترک نہیں کرتے بہادر

Peace Friends:





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Friday, December 19, 2014

A Siebenbürger Sachsen Immigrant’s Peace Trail to Cleveland, Ohio and into the Worlds Peace Makers Hall od Fame


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Ambassador Renate  ~  First Lady of Peace
Renate Jakupca of the Siebenbuergen Saxons along with her husband David Jakupca in 1987 created a revolutionary method for making a sustainable culture of Peace for All the Worlds Children and establishing a whole new scientific field in Environmental Arts and Culture.
Her pioneering work on Peace through the ‘Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts’ has had a significant impact on future peace endeavors and research. A risk-taker, Ambassador Renate has always done things her way: Committed to preserving our planet, she has dedicated her life to finding new and intelligent solutions to address the environmental challenge.
Passionate and determined, she is convinced that education for all is the key to a better peaceful world and, through her work at the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), she hopes to contribute to promoting Sustainable Global Peace as a Science for a captivating and fun career path for all the Worlds Children.
“…..Nach dem Staatsstreich vom 23 August 1944 und der Kriegserklarung Rumaniens am Deutschland zwei Tage spatter spitzte sich die Sicherheitslage Anfang September fur einige sachsische Gemainden im sogenannten Szeklerzipfel bzw. im ungarisch-rumanischen Grenzraum bedrohlich zu. Als deren unmittelbare Folge kam es fur Tausende von alteren Menschen, Frauen und Kindern zure ubersturzten Flucht, die fur einige den Tod, fur die moisten Not, Elend und Heimatverlust mit sich brachte. Im Folgenden soll die Chronologie der militarischen Ereignizze in diesen dramatischen Spatsommertagen nachgezeichnet warden”.
ARK in Berea: “…..Only two days after the coup of 23 August 1944 and the declaration of war on Germany, the security situation beginning in September became threatening for some Saxon Communities in the so-called Székely tip or in the Hungarian Romanian border region.  The direct result of the coup was death for some people, but for most poverty, misery and loss of home for some  tens of thousands of older people, women and children. This is the beginning of the chronology of the military events that started on that dramatic late summer day.  When Romania signed a peace treaty with the Soviets in 1944, the German military began withdrawing the Saxons from Transylvania: Around 100,000 Germans fled before the Soviet Red Army, but Romania did not conduct the expulsion of Germans as did neighboring countries at war’s end. However, more than 10 Million people including 70,000 Transylvania Saxons ‘disappeared’ after they were arrested by the Soviet Army for alleged cooperation with Germany”.         
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1956 Saxon Dance Troupe with Renate Gottschick
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Because they were considered Auslandsdeutsche (“Germans abroad”) by the German government, the Saxons had the right to German citizenship. Consequently, numerous Saxons emigrated to Germany and Austria. Renate’s Father, Hans Gottschick, who was born in Waltersdorf, was drafted into the German Army and became a POW in Linz, Austria. After he was was discharge, moved to Ried in Immkreis, Austria where Renate was born. The Gottschick Family later emigrated from Austria to Ohio City in Cleveland, Ohio where many of the German/Saxon immigrants congregated.
They all lived in an apartment building near the Westside Market until permanent housing and jobs could be found. Across the street from the apartment was St. Emeric Hungarian Catholic Church. In those years, shopping at the Westside Market was pretty much of a daily ritual. There were no big malls. Fries and Schuele was also a store which was visited frequently. It was not easy in those years coming to a new country and life, but there was a bond and togetherness with the German community that is still talked about today. Families in the The Greater Cleveland German community still support each other to this day. Friendships were always cherished amongst the communities. When Renate was very young, going to the Westside Sachsenheim was always special.
There were holiday events for children which we always looked forward to. To this day, these events are still going on at the Sachsenheim. Renate met her husband, David,  at the Sachsenheim when his family help start the  Deutshe Musik Verein (German Music School). Renate is an active Member of Branch 4 of the Alliance of Transylvania Saxons.  Sachsenheim is a very special historical place with many memories for them and other people, too. They also remember going to the Hofbrau Haus (which was the Eastside Sachsenheim) on East 55th Street which would have dances every Friday and Saturday nights. You would always see the ethnic community there on those nights! Steve Bensic who started the Hofbrau Haus had a beautiful European setting, and not only for the Germans, but it was a place where all European immigrants could congregate and enjoy themselves. Renate and David used to go to the Hofbrau Haus on Friday and Saturday nights before they got married and they always said how special the place was. It is still talked about today. Since most of the Germans/Saxon were Lutheran, they went to Teutsch Evangelical Lutheran Church, which the Saxons started.
Renate married David in 1973 and the celebration afterwords at the Sachsenheim went to 6AM.  They moved to Berea, Ohio and soon afterwards a distinctly off-center collection of counter culture hippies, agrarians, artists, musicians, anarchists, philosophers, immigrants, nudists, students, writers, and some vegetarians started to assemble informally around a primitive campfire at their home in the woods up on banks of the Rocky River in Berea, Ohio.
David and Renate Jakupca, welcomed into their woods these social refugees, some staying for only a day, some for years, but always around the Fire. Meanwhile, the campfire reputation as an avant-garde cultural center continued to grow, drawing the likes of sculptor John Puskas, adventurer and poet Daniel Thompson, activist Ione Biggs, and environmentalist John Perera, writer Barb Sherwood, socialite Pat Hitt as well as other members of the international community. This fringe establishment congregating around a rustic fire pit at the ARK in Berea became a lay convent for free thinkers and international intellectuals seeking connections between humankind, nature, culture and the universe is where the Beginning of Greater Cleveland’s Sustainable Movement can be traced to. Later in 1987, it all formed into the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) organization. Her work as an International advocate for All Living Things has led to forming several Theories.  A sense of “principles or methods” of a science as art followed by practice about what it actually takes to develop peaceful World Children.
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Renate explains that “Living in Peace is what all the  Worlds Children share in common. Why not teach our kids these things in schools? Aren’t they supposed to learn facts that will make their lives better and healthier along with the values to implement them?” To help answer these questions, 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 was organized into three divisions: Environmental, Humanities, Arts and Culture, this acts as an umbrella organization of affiliated groups that support related agendas with the idea of creating a prototype ICEA Affiliate Centers  that are easily replicable in other communities, cities, states and countries.
ICEA’s mission is the Theory of ICEALITY on Environmental Arts, that is to “Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and culture ultimately promoting a sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things (Human, Plant and Animal Kingdoms)”.  As the first professional organization to be solely dedicated to this endeavor, this has made ICEA a leader in the Environmental Arts Movement and a force for socially responsible activity. ICEA’s unique holistic approach for advocating environmental issues through Iceality was enthusiastically accepted by the United Nations and ICEA was invited to participate in the 1992 EARTH SUMMIT in Rio de Janeiro.

David and Renate were on location in Canada but Ben Chavis carried the artwork entitled ‘For the Children’ to the earth Summit for exhibition. “The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) is the blueprint that all NGO organizations should aspire to worldwide. Inspirational, groundbreaking, innovative, encouraging and most important all inclusive. Creativity is strong in ICEA’s hands”. Ben Chavis, UCC at the Earth Summit 1992.
For the World Conference on Human Rights, 14-25 June 1993, Vienna, Austria: Renate returned to her Heimatland as an Official United Nations Observer to the World Conference on Human Rights. At the Conference on Human Rights, Renate, with the approval of U.S. Delegates, Jimmy Carter and Geraldine Ferraro, began recycling and promoting United Nations’ World InternecineMatrix19

Conferences through ICEA here in Cleveland. With this partnership with the United Nations, ICEA has influenced a global audience of literally billions of the Worlds Children. The Bosnian War in former Yugoslavia was going on just south of Vienna during the Human Rights Conference.
The Neighbor in Need Program was in effect at the Conference with members of the human rights monitoring team which was composed of international representatives assisting in organizing the largest private donor initiative program in the Balkans. Over 42,000 tons of food and medicine were carried by truck loads to 300,000 refugees and dislocated persons (Muslims, Croats and Serbs). The relief deliveries and the distribution were channeled through the Austrian Red Cross and Caritas and the truck loads of goods was dispatched, and the Austrian people were personally thanked by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Working with the Neighbor in Need Program, Renate realized that war affects the Worlds Children in different ways. First, those children are dependent on the care, compassion, and attention of family around them.
These family bonds are often disrupted in times of war and refugee children may be forced to substitute care with strangers or lose all adult protection. During the Bosnian War, they were known as “unaccompanied children”. David Jakupca told me during our interview that “…at the UN Conference on Human Rights – Revisited in Cleveland, Ohio, Renate went immediately to the leaders of the Cleveland community with Dr. Werner Lange, Director of the InterChurch Council of Cleveland to organize a local Neighbor in Need Program for Bosnia. This humanitarian action was eventually supported by US Ambassador Milton Wolfe and reached the office of President Bill Clinton. Her lifetime of work advocating for All the Worlds Children at ICEA has been providing training and community networking opportunities for youth for almost 30 years while sponsoring environmental educational workshops, conferences, and national and international exhibitions promoting the building of multicultural diversity and greater global cooperation.
This has won her critical acclaim from scores of international institutions and countries including several from the United Nations, the Nelson Mandela Peace Medal, the German Expolino Award, the Helen Prize and the Freedom Award. Ambassador Renate, as the First Lady of Peace is a living marvel as the worlds foremost campaigner for All the Worlds Children. During her travels around the World with the United Nations Worlds Conference Program Ambassador Renate has met many of the world’s most influential people including Mr. and Mrs Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, Jane Fonda, Presidents and Ambassadors from all 140 countries. Also, numerous leaders in business, education, activist, entertainers and many more connected with the UN Conferences.And that is just part of her story.

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As a life long champion against social injustice and defender of basic rights Ambassador Renate garnered her share enemy’s. This became painfully apparent after HABITAT II. The Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements HABITAT II was held in Istanbul, Turkey from June 3–14, 1996. Renate recycled the UN Conference and it was packed up in Istanbul, Turkey and sent safely to ICEA HQ’s in Cleveland, Ohio to be an official part Cleveland’s Bicentennial Celebration: Ironically entitled “the Spirit of Habitat II – What is a City but its People”, it was set up and opened for a private showing but never opened to the public. Shysters and charlatans masquerading as legitimate business and civic leaders convinced the Cleveland Public Library to close it down immediately, hoping to bankrupt and close ICEA.  The Cleveland International Council was formed to replace ICEA when that happened.  Fortunately, others in the community stepped forward and that did not happen.  The exhibition was taken apart and set up in various locations around the city and what could not be used was sent to ahead to South Africa, the exhibitions next destination. A detailed account can be found in the  ‘The Internecine Matrix’.

“The World Conferences-Revisited Program will, in all its work, endeavor to speak out clearly in favor of local, regional and global long-term interests that allow basic problems to be addressed. It will seek always in its work, to promote the interests of the poor, underprivileged and disenfranchised, and show to future generations that multicultural development is an essential ingredient for sustainable development” says Ambassador Renate.
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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. To Read More on Ambassador Renate’s United Nations Revisited Program   ‘click here’ Growing up in Greater Cleveland  and basing the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) there, she has received  the recognition and respect from elected officials there ever since Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich presented the first one in 1982. Mr. Baba Brohi, Pakistan Peace Emissary, founder of Pakistan World Peace Daily and educator in the field of Iceality education supports Ambassador Renate because she is totally committed to her vision and that acts as an inspiration to young people everywhere  to contribute to the peace process by creating a nexus of young international leaders committed to building a better future for themselves and all generations of the Worlds Children. On April 16, 1997, David and Renate Jakupca was appointed by Herr Lukardis von Studinitz, Generalkommissiart EXPO2000, as American Cultural Ambassadors to EXPO2000, the Worlds Fair held in Hanover, Germany. This

project was named ‘The US 31ff3-internecinematrix023Network for EXPO2000′ (www.expo2000usa.com ) and would be the first time the internet would be used in conjunction with an overseas exhibition. Because of the success of the ‘The US Network for EXPO2000′ project, people from all over the world would use its internet data base to find information on the Fair. Renate Jakupca would eventually spend six month’s in Germany. As part of EXPO 2000’s ‘Culture on the Move’ segment. American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca addressed the 140 Nation Assembly of the concept for a permanent universal symbol of renewal and peace on earth for all living inhabitants through the ‘Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts’. This Universal Symbol of Living Peace was the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM). This project was initiated in cooperation with the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program and organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. At the closing of EXPO2000 in October 2000 she was instructed that this not the end of her work as Ambassador but just the just the beginning as its representative on the impact of the future of Mankind.
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    However, Ambassador Renate’s humanitarian actions are even more spirited than her words here is a partial list of international projects she has piloted:
    ‘People not Mascots’ Logo – The ‘People Not Mascots’ Logo is meant to be a Native American protest caricature of the racists Chief Wahoo logo of the Cleveland Indians Baseball team. The “People not Mascots’ Logo gained international popular attention when it was it exhibited by ICEA at the 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna, Austria and has become one of the most recognized anti-racists logo’s in existence changing the way people worldwide view the trillion dollar sports industry.
    ARK in Berea
    The historic A.R.K. in Berea is the first structure in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to incorporate sustainable building concepts from the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Hand built in 1994 as a work of art by Environmental Artists David and Renate Jakupca. It is a practical design study for the ‘Theory of Iceality in Environmental Arts’ for future buildings and for the global headquarters of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) and Cleveland’s Eco Village. It is also a pioneer structure for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998. The A.R.K. is hybrid structure utilizing cob, straw bales, aluminum cans, used tires, and recycled construction materials, It helped to address the environmental problems through ‘iceality’ of large urban areas and the trend of remodeling rather than demolishing and rebuilding existing structures. The ARK in Berea is used as an eco-museum, community center, and art studio of American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca. It is recognized as the ‘Birthplace of the sustainable Environmental Art Movement and is registered with the Berea Historical Society, Western Reserve Historical Society and the Ohio Historical Society.
    Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM) – The concept of a permanent universal symbol of renewal and living peace for all living things was conceived at EXPO200.  It was organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a “Universal Peace Equation” is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years “Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts” is The  Science behind Peace and Global Harmony.  Developed in 1987, it is the practical study on the aesthetics of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through Arts and Culture, ultimately promoting an effective sustainable global Culture of Peace between all Living Things ~ Human, Plant and Wildlife Kingdoms!    The incorporation of the rights of flora and fauna in a “Universal Peace Equation” is the first major change in achieving a sustainable global Culture Peace on Earth in over 2000 Years.
    The “Iceality Methodology” 
    – is the the most powerful tool in the history of Social Activism……on Facebook! Utilizing the 1987 “Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts”, the ‘Iceality Methodology’ was developed at EXPO2000 the Worlds Fair held in Hanover Germany to promote the building of the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM) and the Great American Peace Trail.  Originally designed for MYSPACE, The ‘Iceality Methodology’ has been ‘borrowed’ as a tool for social change by virtually every social activist organization and group on Facebook and is used by over 3 Billion people in a still growing audience.
    Building the National Coast-to-Coast ‘Great American Peace Trail’ – The “Worlds Children Peace Monument” (WCPM) and the “Great American Peace Trail” (GAPT) Projects are international, public participatory art projects designed to engage children with cross-cultural awareness in order to attain the common goal of sharing peace and diversity with their neighbors.
    The Department of Peacebuilding – Democrats of the Congessional Black Caucus are using the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts as a model for a proposed a new federal agency
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Local State and National Greater Cleveland organizations that have adapted the 'Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts" in their program.
A partial list of Local, State, and National in the Greater Cleveland Area that have adapted the ‘Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts” in their program.
0c49a-iceaanniversary3aSERVICE WITHOUT PROFIT or GLORY:    In their 2012 Iceality Silver Revelation, the Jakupca’s called for the Greater Cleveland area to come together to design and create the comprehensive system changes to heal this planet and humanity. In this respect, Renate and David are to be considered a philosophical influence behind the dawning of the millennium’s Sustainable Age. In their works, the Jakupca’s called for a development of their avant-garde trilateral symmetry of social systems to align this vision with real-world social conditions and logistics that contend with the problems facing earth’s future. Recalling Einstein’s admonition, paraphrased here, that a problem cannot be solved by the same thinking that created the problem in the first place. The Jakupca’s, being ever mindful of the ecospheric integrity, advocated that the Iceality on Environmental Arts should be practical and have as a holistic purpose the improvement of all living things and ending ecocide. They always proposed that to accelerate the core building blocks of society, all environment/scientific/artistic work should be done in conjunction for charitable purposes –  ‘service without profit or glory’, so they never put financial restrictions on their work. Renate is an indispensable mentor for tomorrow’s young leaders – as you can see she also performs an invaluable function with today’s political, civic, environmental, cultural, religious and other devoted advocates…..all the Worlds Children have found a common meeting ground in Iceality with Ambassador Renate’s generous assistance.

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The Science behind Peace and Global Harmony should be practical and have as a universal primary purpose the designing of useful things for the improvement of All the Worlds Children. This changed the course of Art in history, from a merely contemplative state, as it was found in ancient times, to a practical, inventive modern state – and this will, it time, continue to lead to the new ‘Methods of Iceality’ that will make possible the Sustainable Age, a Culture of Peace for all Living Things in the following centuries.

by Eugene Schiopota

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