The International Communications Association (ICA) has unlimited possibilities. Through the years, as we pioneered in the development of employment opportunities for low income individuals in the motion picture, television, advertising, recording and allied media industries, there were always obstacles: not enough funding, discouragement, jealousy, racism, sexism and cronyism. In spite of these conditions we never lost faith in ourselves or our capabilities; instead we inspired and encouraged our students, interns and apprentices to believe in themselves and their ability to achieve.
ICA and its predecessor organizations are filled with examples of those who have succeeded, usually against significant odds. Some of those stellar individuals are included in this document. We are proud of them. They made history. Approximately 2,000 alumni from our programs locally and nationally obtained employment. These accomplishments took hard work; they understood that if you want to succeed, you must persevere.
As ICA moved forward, we recognized it was necessary to diversify. When we obtained the abandoned Dwyer Warehouse in Harlem we tried to find a co-developer who could assist in the development of the building. After many years of false promises and false starts, we identified John Cross of Cross Construction and we were able to co-develop the beautiful 9-story Dwyer Condominiums with commercial space on the ground floor and the Dwyer Cultural Center on the lower level. A centerpiece of cultural activities in Harlem, the Dwyer Cultural Center is an oasis.
ICA is collaborating with organizations and individuals on a local, national and international level. We are exploring our partnerships with the New York Metropolitan Martin King, Jr. Center for Nonviolence through its Non-Government affiliation with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations, and the International Artists for Peace and World Harmony initiative. We are supporting the rebirth of the legendary New Lafayette Theatre, an organization that presented breakthrough theatrical productions.
Our success is because of the three men who are the force behind ICA: Voza Rivers, Ademola Olugebefola and Cliff Frazier. We believe in each other and give the complete support of loyalty, honesty and integrity, which are the key ingredients necessary for a successful partnership and friendship. Although there are always those who will attempt to divide, our commitment to ICA is firm and unwavering.
To everyone who has given us support and encouragement, we say thank you. There are many other collaborations that we are developing and we believe you will be proud of all we achieve.