Through the Community Art and Service Program, students will:
- Develop knowledge of Baltimore, including its history of racial and economic oppression, as well as an understanding of current injustices facing the city. Through this history, students will also gain a better understanding of the many nonprofits in Baltimore and the issues they are working to resolve.
- Cultivate an awareness of and respect for other cultures, as well as how your personal identity contributes to the world around you.
- Through site work, discussion, and professional development workshops, students will understand how art can be used as a change agent.
- Mature professionally as artists and project facilitators in order to work collaboratively with peers, community members, and nonprofit organizations.
- Acquire skills to independently connect with community, develop project plans and timelines, and implement sustainable change.
- Critically reflect on and discuss your experience with peers in order to grow and appreciate your role as an artist and activist, both locally and globally.
How the Program Works
Students, referred to as Community Site Leaders (CSLs) plan, organize, and facilitate art opportunities in non-profit organizations throughout Baltimore City including schools, neighborhood art centers, and rehabilitation/transitional housing facilities. Potential site partners for fall 2014 include 901 Arts, Banner Neighborhood Youth Club, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle, The Arc Baltimore, and Powell Recovery Center.
CSL applications are due at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The application deadline for fall 2014 is Sunday, September 14.
In addition to on-site work, CSLs are required to attend CSL orientation, submit weekly assignments, attend Professional Development Workshops, maintain communication with CAS staff, attend midterm and final evaluations, and submit other written reflections as assigned. CSLs select their preferred hour tier and are required to work a minimum of 2-3 hours per week. CSLs earn a small stipend in exchange for their time.
- Tier 1: 40 hours/semester $275.00
- Tier 2: 60 hours/semester $412.50
- Tier 3: 80 hours/semester $550.00
Want to get involved in the Baltimore community but not ready to commit to a full semester? SAO also facilitates monthly service opportunities. Check back to learn more about our days of service during the fall and spring semesters. You can also search for volunteer opportunities using the MICAnetwork.
Information for Community Members & Organizations
While the Community Art and Service program does not accept requests for semester-long partnership, we are happy to post short-term volunteer opportunities. If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like posted, please create a profile on MICAnetwork. SAO also hosts several days of service throughout the school year (September- May). If you are interested in hosting MICA student volunteers at your organization or for a specficic event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact the Student Activities Office at 410-225-2284 or via email at email@example.com.