What We Do:
MICA's Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations seeks to position the College for long-term, sustainable support from corporate and private foundations and government agencies.
How We Do It:
We identify, apply for and manage grants that help to advance MICA's core institutional priorities. These tend to be renewable and multi-year grants for such institutional needs as academic scholarships, general operating support, and new academic priorities.
The Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations also assists faculty and staff in pursuing external grant funding opportunities that may fall outside of these parameters. These tend to be smaller grant awards for one-time projects or programs.
The Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations identifies, cultivates, solicits, and manages several million dollars in grant-based funding per year.
Who We Are:
Sara Warren, Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations
Sara Warren has more than 20 years experience serving as a development professional in cultural, higher educational, and non-profit organizations, and has worked in the arts and culture arena in Baltimore City for over 10 years. Her experience in board development, annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, and special events assist in her development of institutional funders for MICA. Warren has worked for University of Maryland College Park, Mount Saint Mary's College, the National Portrait Gallery, Baltimore Clayworks, and assisted other organizations as a volunteer, board member and consultant throughout her career. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Priya Bhayana, Assistant Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations
Priya Bhayana joins MICA with a diverse range of experience in art, design and community-based organizations. Before MICA, Priya worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA Community Organizer in Greenmount West, a neighborhood located in Baltimore's Station North Arts & Entertainment District. In this position she worked with residents and a variety of local stakeholders to fund and implement projects that improved neighborhood quality of life. Priya moved to Baltimore from Chicago, where she worked in marketing for the architecture and urban design firm, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and interned at the Hyde Park Art Center. Priya holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Economics and English.
Eleni Giorgos '11, Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations Coordinator
Eleni Giorgos earned her BFA from MICA in 2011, where she majored in photography with a book arts concentration. During her time at MICA, Eleni served as a student ambassador in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, an art teacher in the Community Arts Partnerships, and a Phonathon representative for the Annual Fund. She worked for the printmaking department as the paper studio technician and Dolphin Print & Press archivist before starting work in the Development Office in 2012.