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Mission & Vision

MICA Presents its New Mission, Vision and Tenets

We are proud to share MICA's new Mission, Vision and Tenets, approved by the Board of Trustees on May 22, 2017.

The entire MICA community—alumni, faculty, parents, staff, students, and trustees—were engaged in rearticulating our Mission and Vision Statements, and generating the philosophy underpinning them and the new Tenets. The inclusive process involved convenings, small group discussions, open surveys, and individual conversations. We also sought input from external stakeholders in various fields. The steering committee was co-led by the president and chair of the Faculty Executive Committee. This full engagement has ensured that the outcomes are thoughtful and, importantly, an authentic reflection of MICA as we are today and what we aspire to be going forward.

The Mission statement expresses MICA's fundamental rationale for existence, while the Vision statement describes the long-range change that inspires our Mission. The Tenets undergird MICA's culture, personality and actions.


EMPOWER students to forge creative, purposeful lives and careers in a diverse and changing world. THRIVE with Baltimore. MAKE the world we imagine.

What does this mission mean to the MICA community?

We at MICA educate students to chart creative lives and pursuits that reward them while advancing the well-being of others. We measure our success first and foremost through the creative, professional, civic, intellectual, and economic achievements of our alumni. Consonant with our leadership role, we equip students to succeed in a world of constant change by cultivating their ability to invent, adapt, and persist.

We are a multi-generational teaching, mentoring, and learning environment where students hone their minds, eyes, and hands; develop and refine their voices; acquire skills, knowledge, and literacies to navigate information and cultures; fortify a sense of integrity and conviction; experiment with ideas and take smart, creative risks; and gain experiences to build the confidence and courage needed to actualize their full potential. We believe that our compassionate, inclusive, and collaborative campus community best supports such education.

MICA seeks to serve students of all backgrounds, throughout the nation and across the globe. Our student body is a universe of multiplicity, and our curriculum strives to be correspondingly intersectional and flexible. Understanding of traditions enables new norms and practices. Disciplinary immersion facilitates transdisciplinary creations, increased collaboration with non-arts sectors, and work in multiple fields and modes.

Fulfilling our mission on the world stage, MICA has proud roots in Baltimore and is integral to the city’s fabric as a socially engaged anchor institution. We interact with our urban setting imaginatively and ethically, for the mutual benefit of our diverse student body and Baltimore’s communities. Our pedagogy embraces thoughtful and reciprocal local engagement, which serves as a foundation for building cultural vitality, community empowerment, economic benefits, environmental wellness, and social equity in global communities where our students ultimately live and work. For MICA, engagement is a key strategy to ensure relevance in contemporary art and design making, and is essential to our bold commitment to creative agency at both local and global levels.

Actively evolving to meet its time and the future, MICA contributes to the fields of art, design, and visual arts education through creation, research, and scholarship, as well as sharing of practices and leading by example.


A just, sustainable, and joyful world activated and enriched by artists, designers, and educators who are valued for their leadership and imagination.

What does this vision mean to the MICA community?

We at MICA envision a better world for everyone in which art and design thinking, creations, and interventions bring voice and equitable opportunities to groups affected by disparities; advance environmental, economic and social sustainability; and enhance individual lives. For their unique roles in society, artists and designers are embraced by multiple sectors for optimal participation, and compensated in ways that are commensurate with the true worth of their creations and contributions.

Art, design, and creativity are transcendent forces. MICA believes that a better world for all is ultimately a more joyful world lifted by aesthetic power, imagination, and expression. As a campus community, we celebrate optimism, beauty, and playfulness, as much as we are characterized by reflective and mindful goals setting, hard work, and the rigorous pursuit of excellence and impact.


We assert the centrality of artists, designers, and educators in society.

We shape culture.

We flourish through collaboration.

We embrace differences and champion equity.

We invent through thoughtful disruption.

We strive for excellence and rigor.

We act with intent and critical appraisal.

We model a community of care.

We take pride in our resilience.

We exemplify passion and conviction.

We have fun.

This page was last updated on 03/21/2018.