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Two Recent MICA Alumni Win Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Social Design Fellowships

Fellowship awards M.A. in Social Design students from 2011-12 and 2012-13 classes

Posted 09.25.12 by mica communications

Artwork by Briony Hynson'12 (Social Design)

Designed to provide a framework for MICA's M.A. in Social Design graduates to engage in continued research, implementation and evaluation of their thesis work for a second year in Baltimore, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Social Design Fellowship awards graduating students from both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 classes.

With her fellowship, Briony Hynson '12 (Social Design) will implement Playscape (East Baltimore), a strategic initiative for improving access to play in disadvantaged communities.

"I'm engaging with community organizations to design a new kind of shared community play and recreational space that is locally specific, designed in a participatory manner, and accessible for the widest range of neighbors," Hynson said. She developed the idea while working out of MICA PLACE in East Baltimore.

Becky Slogeris '11 '12 (graphic design, Social Design) will use her fellowship to implement multiple projects in her specialty: design combined with education reform. Baltimore CARES (Change Agents Reaching Empowerment through Service-Learning), in partnership with stepUP! Baltimore, Ben Franklin High School and Baltimore City Public Schools, is a service-learning curriculum that engages Baltimore City high school students in the revitalization of vacant lots.

Slogeris has also developed an urban theory handbook, The Baltimore Textbook, to empower local students as change-making citizens. The Intersection, a nonprofit with the same focus, is currently using the book.

The BMore Fit Teacher Toolkit, a deck of exercise cards designed by Slogeris, is aimed at keeping students focused in the classroom. It started to take off citywide during the Baltimore Teach For America summer training. The toolkit also received support from MICA's newly launched LAB (Launch Artists in Baltimore) program, which creates financial incentives to encourage the best and brightest students to stay in Baltimore after graduation.