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Students, Alumni Receive Station North “Spruce-Up” Grants

MICA is linked to five of seven "Spruce-Up" projects through direct support and contributions by the College community

Posted 12.27.12 by mica communications

Through direct support and individual contributions by the College community, MICA is linked to several revitalization projects that received $86,000 in "Spruce-Up" grants from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.

From January through June, three communities in Baltimore's Station North Arts and Entertainment District will see improvements through the projects, which are being managed by the Central Baltimore Partnership. These projects include:

• A vibrant and comfortable public space will be created on the plaza at Penn Station with colorful and functional seating and tables, with arts-oriented programming provided by MICA, University of Baltimore and adjacent community groups. 

• Under the direction of Emily C-D '05 (illustration), an abandoned lot on the northwest corner of Greenmount Avenue and North Avenue will be transformed into an aesthetically pleasing space through landscaping and artwork.

• The former Station North Fried Chicken restaurant will be renovated into a visitor's center for the district, which will include an office, gallery and theater space. MICA, the Baltimore Development Corporation, the Charles North Community Association - Business Committee and Station North Arts and Entertainment, Inc. are partners in the project.

Michael Benevento '05 (general sculpture studies), Chloe Helton-Gallagher '13 (Curatorial Practice) and Deana Haggag '13 (Curatorial Practice) will curate bi-monthly exhibitions in a vacant police kiosk at the corner of Charles Street and Lanvale Street throughout 2013.

• Four solar-powered trash compactors will be installed along North Avenue, the district's main corridor. Sponsored by MICA, Charles North Community Association - Business Committee, Midtown Community Benefits District and Center City, Inc., this project will also provide an opportunity for local artists to design, brand or exhibit work on the cans to heighten visual impact of the arts district and contribute to the local character.

The range and scale of the projects were selected by a review committee based on their immediate visual impact on the environment through short-term projects. While the funds to implement the plans arrived recently, the projects have been thoroughly developed over recent years and now can be realized with local residents and artists over the next six months.

For more information on the "Spruce-Up" grants, visit Central Baltimore Partnership's website here.