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Baltimore Sun Stories Emphasize College's Commitment to Community Engagement

Two Sun articles showcase MICA's commitment to Baltimore, emphasizing how the students, faculty and administration are working to promote arts in the community

Posted 02.28.11 by MICA Communications

MICA faculty member Sarah Doherty wants to project art onto a downtown building in the evenings.

Two recent Baltimore Sun stories showcase MICA's commitment to Baltimore, emphasizing how the students, faculty and administration are working to promote arts in the community.

The first, a front-page article on interdisciplinary sculpture faculty member Sarah Doherty, talks about a grant she just won and her goal to help revitalize Baltimore. She was awarded money from Downtown Partnership's Operation Storefront for an idea she has to bring artwork downtown and will be coordinating an amazing space with exhibitions and projects at 307 W. Baltimore St. To read more about the project, click here.

The other story, featured in the education special section of the Sun, looks at how "Students embrace the community around them," interacting with the residents of Baltimore in a way they hope will improve the city and community relations. The author is impressed that advanced degrees are offered to engage the students and focuses on three degrees MICA offers: the new M.A. in Social Design, starting in fall 2011; and the M.A. and M.F.A. in Community Arts programs. Along with this, the article highlights the Office of Community Engagement and quotes Provost Ray Allen, MASD Director Mike Weikert, Community Arts Director Ken Krafcheck and MFA/CA student Ashley Minner.

People "make things and feel empowered, whether it's making a sweater or a quilt. What art does is create community," Allen told the Sun, going on to explain MICA's new facility in East Baltimore. "If we're really committed to working in the community then we need to be in the community, so it's a dialogue rather than an imposition."

 

Students from the Design Coalition in MICA PLACE.

Photo caption (top to bottom): MICA faculty member Sarah Doherty wants to project art onto a downtown building in the evenings (Photo by Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun); students from the Design Coalition in MICA PLACE (Photo by Jim Dean/Baltimore Sun).