The California Institute for Community, Art, & Nature (California ICAN) is an oasis for the human spirit, a sanctuary for ancient wisdom, a greenhouse for nurturing fresh ideas, and a boot-camp for visionaries who want to translate ideas into action. Through intimate gatherings, large public conferences, exhibitions, books, articles, and digital media, we provide inspiration and support to those fighting for a more socially equitable, naturally sustainable, and spiritually abundant world.
The work evolves around topics such as California Indian cultural heritage, endangered places and species, Bay Area history, ecology and people to help us better understand the natural world we live in and how we can keep it alive by drawing upon its centuries of accumulated wisdom and practice.
The work is guided by a few core beliefs: that in the long run, the battle for a sustainable, healthy, diverse, and beautiful world is not only a battle for land-use laws and policies, but is a battle for the human imagination; that the arts are the doorway into the human imagination; that the human race is capable of embracing change and achieving greatness; and that great work can best be done with joy and laughter.
Director: Malcolm Margolin
2150 Allston Way Berkeley, California 94704 510-559-8382