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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Artist calls on Environmental Arts and Culture Sector to Lead Economic Recovery

ARK in BEREA: The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) enjoyed record-breaking critical success in 2008 as its ICEAlity projects become part of Ohioans every day life. The environmental arts and cultural sector combined with the tourism industry can take the lead in Berea's economic recovery, American Cultural Ambassador David Jakupca insisted.
“With our great cultural heritage, new historic monuments, ability to project culture that's based on ICEAlity, sporting facilities and functions, willingness to be creative and innovative…we have this huge opportunity for the future,” enthused the Cultural Ambassador.
“This is a great industry, millions of jobs depend on it worldwide and it can create a good amount of wealth here for our city. I believe it can be even greater in the future.”

In a historic re-unification if the Greater Cleveland Community, as part of the Iceality Silver Revelation, North East Ohio Area has been 'branded' as the Home of the Environmental Art(s) 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 District in the Bioregion.

The WCPM Project is welcomed news:"Gov. Strickland's government’s recognition that culture when used with ICEAlity, is part of the answer to tough economic times is right and very reassuring,” conceded Cultural Ambassador Renate Jakupca. "Berea's WCPM Peace Stone Sculptures in cities across the state play a vital role in communities they are situated".
These historic Peace Stones, their respective collections, and the valuable services they offer to our youth are key to the economic tourism sector but also play an important part of everyone’s daily lives.
“They help bridge the social divide and, particularly in times of recession, are places that offer a sense of well-being - enriching people’s lives, informing, educating and helping people acquire a positive outlook in the youth that will be our Future”
“Regeneration of urban cityscape's, led by ICEAlity and WCPM cultural projects can be the most successful and durable – unlocking investment and stimulating a new creative economy,” Renate said. “This is why it is important to sustain an investment in ICEA.”

About WCPM: Designed at the ARK in Berea as a project of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) and built at Coe Lake Park in Berea, Ohio. the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM), utilizing the principles of ICEAlity, will become the largest art work dedicated to a sustainable Culture of Peace as Peace Stones are added annually to cities around the World.
The WCPM was officially inaugurated in 2003 at the 3rd World Peace Conference held in Verbania, Italy by American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca, where they received an Italian Medal of Arts.They were also recognized by the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and in 2006 appointed Universal Peace Ambassadors.The WCPM is organized in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The Ohio State Department of Tourism under Governor Ted Strickland has listed the Worlds Children Peace Monument as an Official State of Ohio Attraction.
For more information on the project or to have a WCPM Peace Stone in your city visit our website at:

1987 to 2007- Twenty Years of Community Service
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