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Community Art and Service

In summer 2014, The Student Activities Office (SAO) formed a Community Art and Service Committee made up of MICA staff, faculty, students, and community partners. Together, the committee developed new learning outcomes for the program. The learning outcomes will serve as a guide for Community Art and Service, including everything from student training to site partnerships. SAO is excited to continue improving the program and will share updates through this website as we evolve. 


Learning Outcomes

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. Partner sites for spring 2015 include 901 Arts, Banner Neighborhood Youth Club, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle, The Arc Baltimore, Refugee Youth Project, 29th Street Community Center, Artful high school art clubs, and Powell Recovery Center.

CSL applications are due at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The spring 2015 application is due Sunday, February 1st by 11:59pm. Click here to link to the online CSL application. 


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

Service Opportunities

Want to get involved in the Baltimore community but not ready to commit to a full semester? Visit our Facebook page: to learn more about local organizations seekly volunteers, as well as our office-sponsored monthly days of service. 

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 to our Facebook page: If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like posted, please create email  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

For more information, please contact the Student Activities Office at 410-225-2284 or via email at