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Community Art and Service

Community Art and Service, originally known as the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) was founded in 1998, when it began as a program where MICA students worked with a wide range of individuals in Baltimore City to promote voice, cultural difference, and synchronicity through the utilization of a variety of artistic disciplines.  The program has evolved rapidly, and with collaboration,  has developed into an independent program housed in the Student Activities Office where students can get involved in the Baltimore community in varying levels of engagement, volunteerism, and service.  This program is open for both undergraduate and graduate students, and aims to harness much of the prexisting desire to bring art and service beyond MICA in culturally competent and impactful ways.


Learning Outcomes

In summer 2014, The Student Activities Office (SAO) formed a Community Art and Service Committee made up of MICA staff, faculty, students, and community partners. Together, the committee developed new learning outcomes for the program. The learning outcomes will serve as a guide for Community Art and Service, including everything from student training to site partnerships. SAO is excited to continue improving the program and will share updates through this website as we evolve.

Through the Community Art and Service Program, students will:

  • Develop knowledge of Baltimore, including its history of racial and economic oppression, as well as an understanding of current injustices facing the city. Through this history, students will also gain a better understanding of the many nonprofits in Baltimore and the issues they are working to resolve.
  • Cultivate an awareness of and respect for other cultures, as well as how your personal identity contributes to the world around you.
  • Through site work, discussion, and professional development workshops, students will understand how art can be used as a change agent.
  • Mature professionally as artists and project facilitators in order to work collaboratively with peers, community members, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Acquire skills to independently connect with community, develop project plans and timelines, and implement sustainable change.
  • Critically reflect on and discuss your experience with peers in order to grow and appreciate your role as an artist and activist, both locally and globally.

About the Program

Students involved in this program are referred to as France-Merrick Fellows or Community Site Leaders (CSLs), depending on their level of responsibility and commitment.  These students will be involved in planning, organizing, and facilitating art opportunities in non-profit organizations throughout Baltimore City including schools, neighborhood art centers, and rehabilitation/transitional housing facilities. Past partner sites include 901 Arts, Banner Neighborhood Youth Club, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle, The Arc Baltimore, Refugee Youth Project, 29th Street Community Center, Artful high school art clubs, and Powell Recovery Center.

CSL applications are due at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. The Fall 2015 application is due Sunday, September 20th by 11:59pm. The CSL application will be live when the semester starts-check back! 

France-Merrick Fellow applications begin in the spring semester, so look back here for the application next semester (Spring 2016)!

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to get involved in the Baltimore community but not ready to commit to a full semester? Visit our Facebook page: to learn more about local organizations seeking volunteers, as well as our updates about opportunities to get involved. 

Information for Community Members & Organizations

While the Community Art and Service program does not accept requests for semester-long partnership, we are happy to post short-term volunteer opportunities to our Facebook page: If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like posted, or if you are interested in hosting MICA student volunteers at your organization or for a specficic event, please email, as we may be able to also accomodate by sponsoring a day of service.

For more information, please contact the Student Activities Office at 410-225-2284 or via email at