An Open Letter to Our Public Officials:

 'ICEALITY SILVER REVELATION';  As part of ICEA's 25th Anniversary,   the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) would like to expand this original Ohio's Coastweeks 1994 celebration concept from the ARK in Berea into a National Educational program for children in  all 50 States focusing on the natural beauty, iceality, history and development for future uses of America's coastlines.

Specifically, ICEA is seeking to petition the Federal Government to administer and help fund the building of the COASTWEEKS Program. This program would be very similar to the Great Depression Era New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA) Program called the Federal Art Project (FAP). Almost every community in the United States has riverfront parks or green shoreline spaces which would benefit from this program,
especially rural and inter-city areas that would provide positive local community guidance
for the youth and jobs for the unemployed who are able to work....
....We Can Do This!


Ambassador Renate


Ohio COASTWEEKS  2019 Childrens Art and Essay Contest

As part of Ohio's Coastweeks 2019 celebration, the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) will hold the
Official 25th Annual Coastweeks 2019 Art and Essay contest for Children.

The contest portrays important issues about Lake Erie through Art focusing on the natural beauty, history and future uses. David comments on why he organized this area's only comprehensive art/environment program for young children at ICEA……"to plan strategies of sustainable development for a Great Lake like ours that is endowed with renewable and non-renewable resources requires a scientific and empiric deep knowledge supported by a lingering bioregional educational action that needs to begin with our young children." These combined elements will eventually increase the public's awareness through ICEAlity and enable the protection of Lake Erie's valuable and delicate systems. The theme, 'I Can Help Lake Erie', encourages young Ohioans to be part of the solution, not the pollution that finds it way into the lake."
The posters and essays are exhibited at the
Great Lakes Historical Society's Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion, Ohio and the
ARK in Berea in the Cleveland Area.

For over 25 years ICEA has inspired generations of citizens, teachers and children to take an active role in their environment through ICEAlity. As an example of these endeavors, in 2007 the new Coe Lake Nature Trail and Riparian Restoration Project was built to foster an appreciation for Berea's natural environment and history.

International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA)
Box 81496
Cleveland, Ohio 441181 USA
Tel/Fax: 440-891-8376


The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) is a force for socially responsible activity. ICEA's mission is ICEAlity that is to "Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through the 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. 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, ICEA supports research, information sharing and effective action promoting a sustainable Culture of  Peace.

The historic ARK in Berea,  is the first structure in Cuyahoga County to incorporate sustainable building concepts from the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, it  inaugurated the green building trend that is now sweeping America. The Ark in Berea is the home and studio of American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca and is also a museum, community center, and art gallery. The ARK in Berea is the home of the Environmental Art Movement.

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 center 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.

Annual Ongoing Projects are:
Ohio COASTWEEKS Children's Arts and Essay Contest.
World Childrens Peace Movement

Great American Peace Trail

Volunteers are welcome for specific projects and committees. Training is provided.

International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Ohio Lake Erie Commission   One Maritme Plaza, Toledo, Ohio 43604


Ohio Department of Natural Resources  1930 Belcher Dr.  Columbus, Ohio  43224

Ambassador Renate
Box 81496 Cleveland, Ohio 44181 Tel/Fax 440-891-8376

Carla LaVigne
Great Lakes Historical Society
Box 435 Vermilion, Oh 44089 Tel 440-967-3467

Christopher H. Gillcrist
InLand Seas Maritime Museum
480 Main St. Vermilion, Oh 44089 Tel 800-893-1485

Ohio’s Coastweeks Coordinators
One Maritime Plaza, Fourth Floor, Toledo, Ohio 43604
Tel 419-245-2514

COASTWEEKS Water links to UN and Non-UN System sites:

United Nations


International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

UNDP and Water



UNICEF - Water, Environment and Sanitation

World Bank Group

World Health Organization

World Meteorological Organization



The additional resources links on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not necessarily represent an endorsement by COASTWEEKS.

American Water Resources Association

Global Water Partnership

Institute of Water and Environment

International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA)

International Office for Water

IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre

International Water Association

International Water Management Institute

Programme Solidarité Eau

Stockholm International Water Institute

Universities Council on Water Resources

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

World Resources Institute

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

World Water Council

World's Water

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