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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. 

 Kalima Young is the Project Coordinator for the Baltimore Art + Justice Project. She has previously work with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and also served as Project Director of Connect to Protect: Baltimore, a participatory research project that mapped community assets to support coalition-building and advocacy around HIV/AIDS. A Baltimore native, Young owns and operates Kubla Khan Productions, an independent video production company. As an activist/filmmaker, she has produced such films as "It Gets Better, Baltimore," a collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender testimonials addressing the topics of teen bullying and suicide prevention. In 2000, Young received a prestigious Open Society Institute fellowship for her media work with teens. Young brings a depth of experience in asset mapping and project management, a clear understanding of communities and cultures in Baltimore, and a passion for arts-based social change.

 Valencia James is the Community Art Collaborative (CAC) Program Coordinator. Valencia is currently a MFA Candidate at the Academy of Art University her art practice is in textile construction/design and mixed media. She brings over 10 years of community organizing, education, and administrative experience to her position with CAC. She was a community school coordinator in the Baltimore City Public School System, has worked as adjunct faculty at Baltimore City Community College, and the Community College of Baltimore County. Valencia served two years with AmeriCorps and went on to serve internationally as a Peace Corps Volunteer on the island of Madagascar. 

Allison Gulick '13 (Curatorial Practice M.F.A.) is the Grants and Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Community Engagement. She is a graduate of MICA's M.F.A. in Curatorial Practice and she has a B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She is passionate about working with Baltimore's many communities and she is an active member of The Feminist Art Project - Baltimore and the Station North Community Supported Art Program. Allison has been with the OCE since April of 2013 and she is happy to answer any questions about you might have about how OCE's grants program works.