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Who We Are

The Office of Community Engagement is comprised of the Director of Community Engagement, who leads the office,  and Program Coordinators for the office's four major programs:  the Community-Based Learning (CBL) program,  the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, the Community Art Collaborative (CAC) , and the Community-Engaged Grants program.

Karen Stults smiling Karen Stults, Director of Community Engagement at Maryland Institute College of Art. Karen holds a M.Ed. in Policy Development and Program Evaluation from Vanderbilt University and a BA in Business and Communications from Mercer University. She brings twenty years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, management, and program development to her commitment to the arts. Previously she has worked for the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C. and YouthAction, Inc. where she developed and managed the organization's first Board of Directors. Additionally Karen has a certificate in Ceramics and Sculpture from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and a certificate in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from Georgetown University. Karen is also an alumna of the Windcall Residency Program for social change activists and serves on numerous governing and advisory committees.

Stephen Towns is the Community-Based Learning (CBL) Program Coordinator for the OCE. Stephen has B.F.A. from the University of South Carolina and continues to be a practicing artist. He has worked and volunteered for a number of community organizations in his native South Carolina, including The Boys and Girls Club, Gibbes Museum of Art, and Toastmasters International.  He is enjoyes incorporating his creative, administrative, and community organizing experiences in his role as CBL Coordinator in the OCE. 

Sarah Edelsburg '10 (Community Arts M.A.) is the Community Arts Collaborative (CAC) Program Manager. Sarah is an artist, organizer, and educator originally from New York City. Sarah is passionate about using art as a tool for activism and community development. While studying at MICA, she served as a Community Arts Collaborative/Americorps member at The Club at Collington Square in East Baltimore. Most recently, Sarah has been teaching elementary school students at Jubilee Arts and working with a local artist/community organizer on two city-wide community arts initiatives: Autumn Leaves and the New Day Campaign. Sarah received her B.A. in Art History & Judaic Studies from George Washington University in 2007.