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Center for Social Design

The Center for Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is an inter-disciplinary studio engaging students and outside partners in projects addressing specific social problems through collaborative, project-based learning. The CSD believes in a human-centered approach to problem solving focused on translating ideas into tangible outcomes with the goal of changing behaviors and making a positive impact on society.

Launched in 2008, more than 200 MICA students and faculty have participated in projects from a variety of disciplines including: Graphic Design, Architectural Design, Environmental Design, Video, Interaction Design & Art, Illustration, Animation, Curatorial Practice, and Art History.

The CSD has partnered with many different entities and organizations from both the public and private sector focused on a variety of issues and social problems.

Current and past partners include: Arts Every Day, Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Health Care Access, City of Baltimore, Behavioral Health System Baltimore, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Great Kids Farm, HERO, JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health, JHU Center for Child & Community Health Research, JHU Center for Injury Research and Policy, Ken's Kids, Inc., Maryland Energy Administration, Real Food Farm, University of Maryland, Neighborhood Design Center, Whole Foods Market, Baltimore Campaign for Grade Level Reading, National Wildlife Foundation.

Current and past issues include: Addiction, Arts Integration, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Education, Food Deserts, Health Care, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Housing and Land Use, Injury Prevention, Integrated Pest Management, Lead Poisoning, Sustainability, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Urban Farming, Workforce Development.

ASHOKA UWinner of the 2014 Ashoka U - Cordes Innovation Award

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