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Community Art and Service

The Student Activities Office (SAO) coordinates community-based learning opportunities for undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students with interests in art education, art therapy and community building.

Students, referred to as Community Site Leaders (CSLs) plan, organize and facilitate art classes in non-profit organizations throughout Baltimore City including schools, neighborhood art centers and rehabilitation/transitional housing facilities. Prior site examples include 901 Arts, Banner Neighborhood Youth Club, Bolton Hill Nursery, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle, The Druid Hill Family Center Y, and Powell Recovery Center.

CSL applications are due at the beginning of the fall, spring and summer semesters. The application deadline for spring 2014 is Monday, February 3rd at 5:00pm. 

Applications are available in the Student Activities Office or by clicking this link. Completed applications can be emailed to, or dropped off in person to SAO. After the application deadline, all applications are reviewed and site placements are made based on availability, community need and past experiences. Although numbers vary by semester, approximately 50-55 students will be accepted each semester.


In addition to on-site work, CSLs are required to attend CSL orientation, submit weekly planning outlines, attend Professional Development Workshops, maintain communication with Community Arts 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? 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 

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