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About Baltimore

A city of 100,000 college students from around the country studying at MICA, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland, UMBC, and Goucher College, among others, Baltimore offers all of the usual mainstream cultural amenities-but what does it offer of particular interest to visual artists?

Located at the heart of the United States' east coast art corridor, Baltimore offers tremendous art resources-including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum, and a thriving art scene with both underground and nationally renowned galleries featuring the work of contemporary artists. In addition, our location offers easy access to the collections of the finest museums and galleries in the country. MICA offers regular, inexpensive bus trips to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.

Baltimore has the charm, sophistication, and amenities of a major city, but the neighborly feel of a town. There are all-night diners, avant-garde theatres, independent film festivals, ethnic restaurants, family-friendly open-air concerts and movies, gritty clubs, quirky coffeehouses, and John Waters. In 30 minutes, you can drive from the urban bustle of Baltimore’s Greek-town or Little Italy to Maryland’s vineyard and horse country.

Baltimore offers something for just about every taste and interest. You can buy groceries fresh from one of many city markets—including Lexington Market, the oldest continuously operating city market in the country—or directly from a street vendor’s pony-drawn cart. A brisk walk through Baltimore’s business district will take you from the one-of-a-kind, family-run Italian grocery Trinacria to a recently opened Whole Foods Market.

Baltimore is also probably the last urban place in America where high-ceilinged, well-lit studio space is still available and affordable for artists. The city's neighborhoods each have their own distinctive culture, architecture and charm. For information on the areas where students are most likely to live, see our Off-Campus Housing Guide, or go to the Baltimore Collegetown Networks' Web site at www.baltimorecollegetown.org and click on Neighborhoods.

The Baltimore Collegetown Network’s Web site (www.baltimorecollegetown.org) is also a great resource if you want to hang out with people who aren't artists; the site has a complete schedule of what’s happening at the region’s colleges and universities, and you'll also be able to find information on everything from arts/culture, to restaurants/clubs and sports/recreation.

To find out more about the city, see the "Things to do, see, and buy in Baltimore" to the left; the pull-down menu represents student favorites in a variety of categories, from where to buy art supplies to ideas for inexepensive activities.