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LETTER TO THE MT. VERNON COMMUNITY

The letter below was mailed to the Friends of Mount Vernon and MVBA on March 11 to alert the community once again to the upcoming installation of the first work in the exhibition, Lee B. Freeman’s gold chain-link fence.

Posted 03.19.08 by MICA Media Relations

Over the past several months, MICA students and faculty preparing for the exhibit Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square, worked very closely with community groups, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the City of Baltimore in seeking appropriate permits and community input on the planned exhibition. Because the exhibition is the first ever to be installed in the historic parks of Mount Vernon Place, the students took exhaustive measures to address the concerns of the surrounding communities and the City, and to work with numerous institutions to maintain the integrity of this historic landmark setting. The letter below was mailed to the Friends of Mount Vernon and MVBA on March 11 to alert the community once again to the upcoming installation of the first work in the exhibition, Lee B. Freeman's gold chain-link fence. We regret any inconvenience this installation will cause those who use the parks in the two weeks while the rest of the exhibition is being installed, and welcome the spirited dialogue about the role of art in a community setting that this piece has engendered.

March 11, 2008

Dear Mount Vernon Community:

We would like to extend an invitation to the Maryland Institute College of Arts Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square, an outdoor exhibit of site-specific artworks in the four parks of Mount Vernon Place. This exhibit is in conjunction with the Walters MAPS:Finding Our Place in the World and was created and organized by students of MICA and opens on Saturday, March 29 with a Community Celebration.

Artist Lee B. Freeman's gold chain link fence artwork Framing Mount Vernon Place will enclose the parks during the installation of the exhibit from March 16-28 and provide viewers an opportunity to re-see and re-consider the space. During these two weeks dog-walkers may want to use the nearby parks of Seton Hill and St. Paul Place.

Friends of Mt. Vernon and MVBA have been involved in the approval process for the permits from CHAP, Baltimore City and Parks and Rec.

If you have any concerns related to maintenance or vandalism please contact our maintenance coordinator, Kat Nammacher - kbnammacher@gmail.com.

We hope that you will join us on March 29 to celebrate Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square and participate in the programs that we have planned.

Log on to our website, www.mica.edu/beyond for more information about our exhibit and programs.

Sincerely,

George Ciscle Curator-in-Residence, MICA

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.