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The Office of Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) works to build effective campus/community partnerships that link community opportunities to the resources of the curriculum. Working through four distinct programs, the OCE provides tools and resources where they are needed, and supports the creation of best practices and positive outcomes for both students and the community.

France-Merrick Opportunity Fund

The France-Merrick Opportunity Fund supports three distinct grants offered by the Office of Community Engagement at MICA, the Community Engagement Grant, the Curriculum Travel Grant, and the Engaged Alumni Award. Find out more information about each of the three grants here.

Community-Based Learning

The Community-Based Learning (CBL) program supports campus/community partnerships that are embedded within the curriculum and respond to community opportunities and needs. Focusing on Baltimore, the program seeks to enhance project-based learning for MICA students, assist faculty members in embedding community-based learning into their curriculum, and support positive outcomes for both MICA and the community.

Y.L. Hoi Memorial Award

The Y.L. Hoi Memorial Award supports students as creative agents of change in Baltimore. Undergraduate students developing projects that use art and design thinking to create a new paradigm for racial understanding, equity, and harmony.

Community Art Collaborative

Created in 2004, the Community Art Collaborative (CAC) places community artists in year-long residencies with nonprofits, schools, and community centers in Baltimore City, providing children, youth, and adults with the benefits of after-school arts-based learning experiences and stronger neighborhoods through community art projects.