Press Release

MICA program to merge art, activism in East Baltimore

July 26, 2010

A renovated Catholic school in East Baltimore will soon be the home of more than two dozen graduate-level art students who will collaborate with area residents in what educators see as a pioneering effort to address urban problems with "art-based" solutions.

When complete in September, the $1.3 million MICA PLACE will contain an art gallery, computer lab, studios, seminar space, community meeting rooms and upper-level apartments for 26 graduate students. The facility is the culmination of a decade-long effort by the Maryland Institute College of Art to develop community arts programs that immerse students in "real world" settings from which they can draw inspiration for their work and where they can have an impact on the city.

"The programming that will occur in East Baltimore takes that original, transformational curriculum to the next level in what we hope will become an international model for collegiate civic engagement — immerse your students in the community, listen and learn from the community, and then create projects that make life measurably better for the citizens that live there," said MICA President Fred Lazarus IV.

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For more information, please contact Ed Gunts - The Baltimore Sun

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