The Baltimore Art+Justice Project in the Office of Community Engagement at MICA is an interactive GIS map of the artists, designers, non-profits and advocates (stakeholders) working at the intersection of art and social justice in Baltimore City. Respondents are tasked with creating a profile about the nature and location of their work, projects and organizations, while also answering questions about their livelihood as artists, designers, non-profits and advocates. The interactive map is layered with demographic data about neighborhoods in Baltimore to better facilitate and strengthen art and designed based social justice collaborations.
After a year of questionnaire design that was informed by 100 interviews and three months of beta testing with 15 individuals, the Baltimore Art + Justice Project launched an online, self-administered questionnaire for artists, designers, non-profits and advocates to complete through the preliminary project website: www.mica.edu/bajp. Building upon the data collection launch, the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, has implemented a series of Community Dialogues to strengthen collaborations between artists and non-profits while also promoting the website and the map. So far we have conducted 3 community dialogues, reaching a total of 51 participants.
Social Media Outreach
The project has established a Facebook and Twitter presence as well as manages a blog and e-newsletter. BA+JP (124 Likes); Twitter (16 Followers); Blog (341 Followers); e-newsletter (154 subscribers)
Data Collection Overview
Preliminary data collection began October 2012 and will be ongoing throughout the length of the grant funded project. Data analysis will take place every six months to inform advocacy efforts and strengthen collaborations across all stakeholder groups.
Data Collection Methods
Data collection strategies include online outreach, community workshops, social media dissemination, print and radio promotion as well as event outreach.
In efforts to increase participation, a five person Data Collection Team was piloted for six weeks from January 28, 2013 to March 8, 2013. Each Data Collector represented a sector (performing arts, non-profit advocacy, visual arts, literary arts, music) and was tasked with securing 25 questionnaires within their specific artistic network. At the end of pilot activities, the Data Collection Team obtained forty questionnaires. Data Collectors used a combination of email outreach, one-on-one sessions and social media recruitment for their tally.
Preliminary Results (N=60)
- 60% of respondents have collaborated with an artist, arts org, or designer in social justice work.
-30% of the social justice art and designers are in collaboration with MICA.
-The second highest higher education institution to collaborate with artists and designers is Coppin State University at 6%.
-20% of respondents report earning 75-100% of their personal income or organizational budget from arts-based social justice work.
-45% respondents receive 0-5% amount of their personal income or organizational budget from arts-based social justice work.
-38% respondents have received grants for their social justice based art or design work.
-The majority of respondents live in North East, Central and East Baltimore.
-The majority of reported social justice based art or design takes place in North East, Central and East Baltimore, with East Baltimore reporting the highest at 50%. Northwest and North report the least amount of social justice based art or design at 20%.
-21% of all respondents are focused specifically on Arts & Cultural Policy
-13% of all respondents are focused on Youth Development and Social Justice
-33% of respondents are working specifically in urban environments
-11% of organizations are in visual arts and 6% of organizations are performing arts
-10% of the projects profiled are in performing arts and 10% of project's profiled are visual arts
-37% of artists are in performing arts and 36% of artists are in visual arts
-8% of the organizations are non-arts based non-profits
-33% of the organizations who responded serve youth
At this point the questionnaire reflects more about how the data was collected than what was actually reported. There is no one organization that people collaborate with the most outside of MICA at this moment. North East, Central and East Baltimore seem to be the hubs of social justice based art and design projects, individuals and organizations. The majorities of respondents receive little to none of their income or organizational budget from social justice based art or design work.
Next Steps (5.3.13)
• The Baltimore Art + Justice Project map and website has launched at www.artplusjustice.org with 86 profiles so far. The next six months will be focused on promotion and helping communities maximize its utility for their social justice art and design.
• A promotion plan has been established to push it out through social media, individual outreach as well as social marketing materials.
• BA+JP is working to engage the MICA community in the Fall through a MICA Maps Exhibit during AICAD, a collaboration with the Data Visualization Program, workshops with MFACA 2nd Year Students, CAC, CAP, Elements of Visual Thinking and cross promotion with Career Development and Alumni Affairs.
• Three Community Dialogues are being planned for May, June and September. A new set of Community Dialogue topics will be created for after September.
• BA+JP will be collaborating with community organizations such as Citizens Planning Housing Alliance as well as Strong Art Strong Youth and UMCP to promote the project in the broader community
• A series of videos highlighting local projects working at the intersection of art and social justice will be produced in the summer to increase use of the map and spark further discussion about art for social change.
For more information contact Kalima Young, Project Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org; 410-225-4268.