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Art of Solidarity Program Highlighted in Community Arts Publication

Other MICA programs, alumni, staff featured in essays

Posted 12.30.09 by MICA Media Relations

Art of Solidarity

Community Arts Network's (CAN) November Reading Room features an essay by faculty member Cinder Hypki about MICA's Art of Solidarity international study program in Nicaragua. Lessons from the Art of Solidarity: A Teaching Experience in Nicaragua offers a conversation between the writer and program coordinator and Nicaraguan-American Maria Aldana '06 (M.A. in Community Arts), who created the cultural exchange "to ignite a transformation in [MICA] participants as they became empowered to share their skills in partnership with Nicaraguans, just as she herself felt called to do."

The project had two components, creating murals and documentary films, with nine MICA students and four faculty members working with a diverse group of Nicaraguan activist groups, artisans, families and high-school students in Esteli and San Juan de Limay. Hypki was one of four faculty members to design and teach the inaugural year of the Art of Solidarity in spring 2008.

MICA is the first academic institution to offer an M.A. in Community Arts (MACA).

CAN published three other essays relating to MICA in November, including one by Sarah Tooley '09 (MACA). MICA adjunct faculty member Rebecca Yenawine wrote The Art of Discussion: Defining Community Art Methodology and Laura Cohen '09 (MACA) wrote The Choices We Have and Our Privilege To Move On.

These essays are part of the Community Arts Convening & Research Project, 2009-10, funded by a Nathan Cummings Foundation grant to MICA. The essay was reviewed and selected by the project's Editorial Board: Stephani Woodson, Arizona State University; Amalia Mesa-Bains, California State University Monterey Bay; Paul Teruel, Columbia College Chicago; Marina Gutierrez, Cooper Union; Jan Cohen-Cruz, Imagining America; Ken Krafchek, Maryland Institute College of Art; Lori Hager, University of Oregon; and Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, Wesleyan University.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.


Photo caption: Some of the many Art of Solidarity contributors to the mural at the high school Instituto Ruben Dario in San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua.


Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.