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Explore Baltimore!

Often described as "Charm City"—Baltimore is an exciting and eclectic mix of southern "to be" and northern "to do" attitudes that could only exist in a city like this—right here on the Mason-Dixon line.

Being a MICA student in such a unique city is quite the benefit as you develop yourself as an artist. We encourage you to branch out into the larger community outside of the immediate campus, and to start gaining a holistic and beneficial experience of Baltimore and all of it's unique splendor that it has to offer.

The Get Involved Fair (TGIF):

The Get Involved Fair (TGIF), hosted by the Student Activities Office, brings together different community & Campus organizations to share resources and exciting new opportunities with the MICA community. The TGIF happens twice a year, in the fall and spring, it's an opportunity to learn about upcoming events, resources, volunteer positions, internships and much more.

Helpful Resources:

About Baltimore - Check out what MICA as an institution has to say about our lovely city

Community Engagement at MICA - Want to get your hands dirty and work -with- Baltimore to make it awesome?! Come check out how to get engaged with MICA's avenues for Baltimore Engagement.

Station North Arts & Entertainment District - Located in the heart of Baltimore, Station North was the first area in Baltimore to receive the State designation as an Arts & Entertainment District in 2002. Spanning the neighborhoods of Charles North, Greenmount West, and Barclay, Station North is a diverse collection of artist live-work spaces, galleries, rowhomes, and businesses, all just steps away from Penn Station, Mount Vernon, Charles Village, the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins University. There are now 22 Arts & Entertainment Districts in Maryland and similar programs in dozens of states. Station North continues to serve as a national model for Arts & Entertainment Districts.

How to Get Here & There:

Baltimore has several modes of transportation available to students right at their fingertips:

  • Right across the street from The MICA Art Tech Center is the closest Light Rail station which can take you as far away as Hunt Valley & BWI Aiport, or as close to Penn Station or the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
  • Touting themselves as fast, friendly, and most importantly free - The Charm City Circulator is one of the easier ways to get to major Baltimore attractions and areas. The bus is available for pick up right across the way at Penn Station.
  • Walking can be efficient, exciting, and serendipitous; but -  always ensure that you're not alone and in well-lit places.  Campus Safety provides escort and shuttle services for when you feel unsafe coming to-and-from locations.


Bolton Hill/Druid Hill

Bolton Hill, being a primarily residential area, is the cradling community of MICA and offers an intimate amount of stores and attractions within walking distance.

Mt. Vernon/Midtown

Mt. Vernon and Midtown is brimming with museums, cultural staples, restaurants,  grocery stores and interesting boutiques—and all of this right within walking distance from MICA!

Inner Harbor

The Inner Harbor, the place where the downtown ward meets the water, has a plethora stores for a diverse and extravagent shopping experience, as well as restaurants and cultural attractions! The Inner Harbor also cradles the Baltimore Convention Center, which is home to a diverse group of conventions and conferences which appeal to every kind of MICA student.

No car? No worries!  The Inner Harbor is the crown jewel of Baltimore, and is easily accessible by Light Rail and the Charm City Circulator. 


Hampden is a funky neighborhood with some true 'Bawlmer' spirit. Here you'll find lots of places to eat, as well as vintage furniture and clothes shopping. With it's kitschy aesthetic, certainly it's a nifty place to be thrifty!

Fells Point

A historical district with cobble stone streets, small-businesses, and a distinctly salty-sailor spirit: Fells Point offers distinct and unique stores, restaurants, and cultural excursions with a cozy and exciting atmosphere. Chill on the edge of the neighborhood and say 'hello!' to some ships big and small paying their visit to one of the biggest seaports on the East Coast.

Federal Hill

With the best view in Baltimore—Federal Hill is a historical and residential district which partners with the Inner Harbor in being a water-front haven for culturally rich activities and delicious restaurants and night-life. Housing the world-famous American Visionary Art Museum—it's certainly worth a hop over.

Little Italy

A tight-knit community of Italian families that go back generations—Little Italy is the hub of great food and warm and fuzzy cultural festivals and traditions.

Charles Village

Charles Village is vibrant in both its colors and in its culture.  The neighborhood has both a strong residential and business climate. Being the home to  Johns Hopkins University and the BMA, Charles Village provides powerful cultural and educational resources.

This page was last updated on 06/18/2018.