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Thursday, February 26, 2009

'REALITY CHILD CHECK' - Should we Limit the Earth's Population?

...a creatively humorous visual blog by a woman on a taboo subject everyone is thinking about.

Renate Jakupca, Chairwoman of ICEA's Sustainable Development Committee, says limiting the worlds population must be at the head of any policies on global warming and human rights. She states political officers, 'green' organizers and religious leaders must now stop avoiding the issue of the environmental harm caused by an over expanding world population.

“I am not sorry about asking dysfunctional people and teenagers not to have babies with out any regard for the welfare of the children. People who become parents have a moral responsibility for their total family's social and environmental footprint by not producing any disposable children". Ambassador Renate

ARK in Berea: Peace Friends, I am Renate Jakupca, when I was married 35 years ago, my husband David and I made a conscientious decision not to have children, in part, to be honest, because blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah CHILD BIRTH EDUCATION blah blah blaaaah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah RELIGION blah blah blah MOTHERLY INSTINCTS blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah TEACH YOUR CHILDREN blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah TEACH YOUR CHILD WELL blah blah.

Blah blah blah blah GLOBAL WARMING/BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah MONEY blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah lah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah PEACE blah blah blah blah blah SMILING HAPPY PEOPLE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahah blah.

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah OCTOMOM NADYA SULEMAN blah lah blah DR PHIL blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ANGELINA JOLIE blah. Blah blah ah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah OPRAH yadda yadda blah blah yadda yadda blah yadda yadda blah blah blah blah TYRA blah blah blah blah blah blah blah etc etc etc.

Blah blah SHOCKING GLOBAL SCALE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah CHINA blah blah blah blah blah bl blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah SLUMDOGS blah blah ah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah WERNER FORNOS, POPULATION INSTITUTE blah blah blah ah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blahblah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah "ICEALITY" blah blah blah blah blah blaah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Blah blah blah blah blaah blah blaah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah PATH WE FOLLOW blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blaah blah blah blaah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ah blah blah blah blah BOTTOMLINE:
"TO SAVE HUMANITY = STOP HAVING EXTRA DISPOSABLE CHILDREN"

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Monday, February 16, 2009

'Hands of Peace' snub for President Obama


ARK in BEREA - IRAN slapped down US President Barack Obama’s plea for peace yesterday — as experts warned the rogue Gulf state could have a nuclear bomb this year.
Obama offered a hand of friendship if Iran “unclenched its fist”.
But Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded with a rant.
He called for an apology for America’s “dark crimes”, and went on to demand troop withdrawals from Muslim lands and a block on US support for Israel.
His response underlined the task facing Obama, who has pledged to make a “once-in-a-generation” bid for peace across the Middle East.
American Cultural and Peace Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca from the International center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) pointed out: "Shared concerns about ICEAlity and global Peace have sparked an international collaboration between generations of students at the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM). The students from different hemispheres pooled their talents to create a peace pledge to draw attention to the need for peaceful reforms.
During the WCPM project's, students from all countries collaborate on ideas through emails, a project blog and even later a "live" web conference.
While language difficulties sometimes surfaced, good overall communications prevail and the project may yielded "many unexpected and pleasant surprises and an impressive range of approaches," said Renate Jakupca. The WCPM 2009 Peace Child Representative is a good candidate to meet with President Obama and reveal what has transpired in this joint effort of our future leaders and citizens. If President Obama and ICEA's Peace Child would present a gift of a WCPM Peace Stone from the US to Iran may help the boost the peace process.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies estimated that Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a single nuclear weapon this year.
Iran is also developing long-range missiles capable of strikes as far as Israel and beyond.
Meanwhile, Russia announced it had halted plans to deploy missiles near the Polish border.
It could be a sign that Moscow is seeking better ties with the US, which has plans for a missile shield in eastern Europe.
"The more the WCPM children can help us see different ways of looking at the peace problem the more our elected leaders can learn how to solve it." Renate said. The Jakupca's believes art and culture through ICEAlity can help broaden public awareness of important social issues.
"The more children get involved, the more people will get involved," she said.
"There is an accumlative affect."
The WCPM students work can be viewed online at the website
http://www.wcpm.info/

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Congress makes ARK in BEREA eligible for Obama's stimulus package

ARK in BEREA - "None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available may be used for any casino or other gambling establishments, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum , theater, art center and high beautification project."
It was the president's economic stimulus package that passed Senate approval last week, 73-24, but local nonprofit arts groups and museum directors were none too happy.
However, on Friday, Congress rewrote Section 1604 that now excludes the words "arts center," "theater" and "museum" in entities which will not be funded.
The bill also includes $50 million funding for the National Endowment of the Arts.
American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) were understandably relieved at the updated bill.
"This gives an insight into their thinking, I believe this is a political give-and-take situation where the lawmakers are using this to validate their 'essentials only' stance and does not necessarily mean that they would cut off all funding to the arts in the future. It is surely tunnel vision and does not recognize the value of the arts in the rehabilitation of the American way of life. Where did all those beautiful historic buildings that we work to preserve have their origins if not in government spending?" argued Ann Hansen and Jim Kern, executive directors for the Benicia Historical and Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Kern said he received an "emergency e-mail" last week from various museum associations.
"There was a very brief window of opportunity for museums to contact their senators and urge them to oppose the amendment," Kern said.
Apparently, it worked.
"Museum supports should be very please that we were able to mobilize a massive field-wide effort to prevent a funding ban," said Ford Bell, president of the American Association of Museums.
"I have no idea yet how much money might be available to museums or what mechanism will be in place to get it out where it will do the most good," said Kern, believing it's a wise decision to assist museums.
"Museums employ more than a quarter-million Americans, spend an estimated $14.5 billion annually, and rank among the top three family vacation destinations," Kern said. "The Vallejo museum alone brought almost 10,000 into downtown Vallejo last year."
The nonprofit sector, Kern noted, "has a proven track record of providing quality services on a limited budget. We know how to get the most 'bang for the buck' when government funds are made available to help us. We also believe in accountability and can show, to the penny, where every last cent of this stimulus money would be spent. That's probably a lot more than can be said for some of the large financial institutions that received billions of dollars with little or no oversight."
Stacey Loew, the Mira Theatre Guild's president and performer, couldn't understand why arts organizations wouldn't be financially bolstered.
"Perhaps it is not thought important to some, but now, more than ever, diversions from the harsh realities of life are greatly needed," Loew said. "I have been witnessing lately far too many theater companies falling by the wayside."
"At a time when people are jobless and the whole economy is hurting, they cannot realize that we are the very sources to which people look for their relaxation and entertainment," Hansen said. "I believe it is a time when we who are in a community role must step up to the plate and provide for the citizens' needs. We are not cutting back on activities. We are increasing them."
Monica Tipton, a Mira board member, believes "the political effort to not have 'fluff' benefit from taxpayer dollars is a result of the Bush Administration and the NCLB (No Child Left Behind), "which have completely negated and devalued the arts in particular, especially in relationship to education."
While she's hopeful the new bill provides some light at the end of the fiscal tunnel, "the grant process will be very competitive," Tipton said.
The arts "are not a luxury, but a necessity that other civilized countries around the world support," said Tim Zumwalt, publicist for the Vallejo Symphony.
During the Great Depression, "a lot of federal money went to the arts -- murals in San Francisco, writers, theater companies, et al" -- said Zumwalt, relaying that maestro David Ramadanoff "keeps saying that in bad times, people need the arts to heal and press on."
Dyanne Vojvoda of the Benicia Old Town Theatre Group said it "is not surprising that the cultural scene is facing economic crisis, our communities are fearing losses of jobs, homes, and a sense of well-being. Though the arts can provide us with great pleasure in sad times, the news of no additional money spent on the arts is not shocking. Thank goodness that, as personal resources permit, thousands of people still find that attending live performances and art galleries are necessary and empowering."
Harry Diavatis, veteran local actor and director, supports the first Economic Recovery Bill.
"The term 'the arts' is so generalized as to almost be vague," he said. "It encompasses every aspect of not for profit groups from regional theater, opera, ballet, symphony orchestras, museums and other art organizations. In the theatre world, that range is as varied as the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco to Vallejo Music Theatre and the Mira Theatre Guild.
Diavatis said, "is that during these hard economic times, all Americans including not for profit arts groups need to tighten their belt and find ways to cut costs while trying to attract more patrons. The Arts, in and of themselves, do not need glitzy palaces such as the Empress Theatre to survive. Not funding the arts will not mean their demise, it just means that they will go through a tough period of adjustment as most other American enterprises are currently suffering through."
The bottom line the Jakupca's said, "is that in depressed area's like Cleveland, stimulus funding for projects using ICEALity causes Positive Cultural Balancing: The essence for “calming” and harmonising the natural energy. It deals with the energetic legacy of discord and strife that has occurred in the past, which has left an negeative energetic imprint. ICEAlity balances and releases this “battle energy”, bringing a positive sense of peace and harmony to the afflicted neighborhood.

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:
http://www.wcpm.info



1987 to 2007- Twenty Years of Community Service
"ICEALITY - assisting in the understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through the Arts to promote a sustainable Culture of Peace"
International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA)P. O. Box 81496 Cleveland, Ohio 44181 USAPhone/fax: 440-891-8376Email:ICEA2000@sbcglobal.net
www.TheICEA.Org
www.wcpm.info
www.myspace.com/jakupca

Pres. Obama may add more Cultural Ambassadors

ARK in Berea News and Politics:
A collaborative style is one of the most dramatic changes President Barack Obama has brought to Washington — and it is one that artists here and throughout the country can relate to."That tone he sets of reaching out, of listening, of welcoming diverse ideas — it feels very familiar because artists are collaborators. You make music in an orchestra by being in tune with a lot of other people," said Marc J. Vogl, of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park and a member of the Obama Arts Policy Committee during the campaign.

Still, there are good signs. Obama, a best-selling author and admirer of poetry, J.S. Bach and Stevie Wonder, has expressed a desire to deepen the federal commitment to arts education and to create an Artist Corps patterned after the Peace Corps, sending artists into low-income schools and communities. Some even predict Obama could establish a Cabinet-level Secretary of the Arts, an idea advanced by Quincy Jones, who has posted an online petition.
The needs are urgent, but there's a "fairly narrow window right now to capture this moment where the new administration in America is focused on public service and the importance of the arts," said Kiff Gallagher, a singer-songwriter and former Clinton administration officer who has established MusicianCorps, a service organization in the Bay Area to bring musicians into schools and after-school programs.
In its $820 billion economic stimulus package, the House of Representatives included $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts to funnel to arts groups to create and save jobs. The Senate over the weekend was hammering out its own version of the economic plan.
Though $50 million is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the House funding package, national arts leaders say what's significant is that they are being invited to the table — like banking and auto industry leaders — by an administration seeking a new path. As Lisa Mallette, executive artistic director of the scrappy little City Lights Theater Company in downtown San Jose, put it, "There's no way to go but up."
Obama's decision to have an arts policy committee working for a year to develop recommendations during his campaign was unprecedented. Within days of his election, the administration appointed former NEA Chairman Bill Ivey to lead the arts and humanities transition team. Ivey recently convened a meeting of about 20 national arts groups — representing museums, dancers, chamber and orchestral musicians, Latino arts groups and more.
He sees the arts as part of the nation's economic engine — able to deliver jobs, and quite a few. The 100,000 nonprofit arts groups in the United States directly support 1.3 million jobs, said Robert Lynch, president and chief executive officer of the national lobbying group Americans for the Arts. Those numbers may be too big to ignore, and arts groups hope they will translate into greater clout. Ivey believes the administration is "seriously considering" a new position in the West Wing for a senior official with an arts-and-culture portfolio in the President's Domestic Policy Council. That official could have the president's ear and begin to connect the dots between federal arts agencies and programs.
Now, arts groups wait to see if Obama will adopt any of the recommendations made by the Obama Arts Policy Committee during the campaign, such as creating new tax incentives for nonprofit arts groups, and exercising the nation's "soft power" by sending artists around the world to reinvigorate cultural diplomacy.
In 1997 David and Renate Jakupca from the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) were appointed American Cultural Ambassadors to EXPO 2000, the Worlds Fair held in Hanover, Germany. The US Network for EXPO2000 will be celebrating its 10 years of innovation, ingenuity and iceality at the opening of the Expo 2010 held in Shanghai, China.


1987 to 2007- Twenty Years of Community Service
"ICEALITY - assisting in the understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through the Arts to promote a sustainable Culture of Peace"
International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA)
P. O. Box 81496Cleveland, Ohio
44181 USA
Phone/fax: 440-891-8376

GRINDSTONE Magazine Cover Mirrors BereaBuzz Cover Artwork

GRINDSTONE Magazine Cover Mirrors BereaBuzz Cover Artwork

ARK in BEREA: The Berea Chamber of Commerce have chosen a design by Cleveland artist Hector Vega for the cover of their GRINDSTONE Magazine.
But acclaimed Berea Environmental Artists David Jakupca, used the same basic image called "BEREA BUZZ" in collaboration with fellow photgrapher Denise Andrews for the copyrighted cover photo of the BereaBuzz.com community website.
Mr Jakupca said: "OK, you are required to do some research before you release a Magazine cover". The GRINDSTONE Cover is nearly an exact duplicate of Denise Andrews and my collaboration, which came out a couple of years ago.
"Both covers feature a collage of Berea landmarks. The exception is the Vega's omits in his cover the famous Worlds Childrens Peace Monument (WCPM). "BEREA BUZZ" was created directly in conjunction with the WCPM and its connection to ICEAlity to the International Art Scene, so before people run off about how cool the new Vegas cover is, show them the complete yours/ours "BEREA BUZZ" art work from Berea first."
"Naturally, when something we have slaved over and invested time and resourses (in Berea), fought for recognition over (in Berea), is so easily undone by jobbing out commercially, we feel a bit exploited. And if imitation is the highest form of flattery it is also the cheapest, but we are going to be the bigger man and just say we are proud as an American Cultural Ambassador to inspire other artists with My Original Work".
This claim comes just days after the Associated Press has determined that a image used in the Obama 'Hope' poster that was used everywhere during last year's presidential campaign by Shepard Fairey , is actually an AP photo and that its use required permission.

Related news is that the Irish band U2 was found copying the photo of their newly released No Line on the Horizon Album from Taylor Deupree, a musician from New York, who used the same image for his 2006 CD Specification Fifteen.

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