Community-Based Learning

The Community-Based Learning (CBL) program supports partnerships between community organizations, MICA students and faculty, and the Office of Community Engagement (OCE). With a focus on Baltimore, the CBL program seeks to provide transformational learning experiences for students, support faculty teaching community-based learning courses, and bring about positive outcomes for both MICA and the community.

What is CBL?

CBL is a collaborative partnership between MICA faculty and students, community organizations, and the Office of Community Engagement. Faculty and students lend their time and talents to implement a community-based project or explore community-engaged content within an academic course. Community organizations create opportunities for students to engage with community members and experts. OCE provides tool and resources to support the collaboration. CBL provides the building blocks to help all parties work together to meet the needs of both MICA students and the broader community.

How does it work?

  1. A community organization or faculty member generates an idea for a community-engaged course or project.
  2. A MICA faculty member provides vision and structure to integrate the project or idea into the course.
  3. An organization provides context for the collaboration by creating opportunities for students to interact with community members and
  4. experts.
  5. Students apply their knowledge and skills as artist and designers to address community issues, opportunities, or needs.
    OCE provides modest funding to support the collaboration. OCE also provides tools and assistance to help manage the partnership.

Interested in Participating in CBL?

If you are a faculty member or community organization and would like to participate in CBL, please fill out a project proposal form here. You can also contact Stephen Towns, Program Coordinator, at 410-225-2504 or with your idea and timeline.

OCE Support

Find more info about how OCE supports courses through the CBL program  here.

Have Questions?

Explore CBL's FAQ page to answer any additional questions. For additional information, contact Stephen Towns, Program Coordinator, at 410-225-2504 or