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In planning for an exhibition of site-specific installations in the historic parks of Mount Vernon Place, the MICA exhibition team sought and received all required permits and approvals from public agencies

Posted 03.28.08 by MICA Media Relations

In planning for an exhibition of site-specific installations in the historic parks of Mount Vernon Place, the MICA exhibition team sought and received all required permits and approvals from public agencies, and also sought extensive advice and input from experts in art conservation, as well as the organizations and communities surrounding the parks. The artists and exhibition development team adapted the installations and the exhibition timeline in response to the input and advice received from experts and community members. Below is a brief outline of the process by which the project team sought community input and required approvals for Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square.

Opportunities for Input & Advice by Community Members and Experts

• Meetings with the Mount Vernon Belvedere Association (MVBA) and/or Architectural Review Committee (ARC) to discuss impact of the exhibition on the community and the parks - 11/27/07, 12/14/07,1/15/08; concerns from MVBA letter dated 12/20/07 received response from CHAP 2/1/08 and also addressed at meeting with CHAP & project team 2/12/08

• Meeting with Mount Vernon Cultural District President to discuss exhibition's positive impact on Mount Vernon, 12/10/07

• Community Presentations - At the Walters Art Museum for Mount Vernon community 1/4/08; parks walkthrough with Friends of Mount Vernon and Midtown Benefits District 1/9/08; to Friends of Mount Vernon Board of Trustees 1/16/08

• Consultations with sculpture conservators from the BMA, Walters, and independent conservator Steve Tatti to address specific concerns raised in protecting sculptures - 1/10/08

• Meeting with St Patrick's Day Parade committee to discuss timing of Lee Freeman's fence project - 2/26/08; installation delayed two weeks, reducing the fence installation from the approved 4 weeks to 2 weeks.

• Meeting with Friends of Mt Vernon to discuss concerns about dog-walker access to the parks - 3/11/08; letter and exhibition flyer sent to Friends, MVBA membership and neighborhood groups afterwards to inform them of the exhibition and alternatives for dog walkers.

Required Permits and Approvals

• Baltimore City Department of Parks and Recreation - 55 page Proposal and Special Event Permit application submitted 12/18/07, after extensive review of individual artist proposals by Department's Partnerships Director in October & November 2007; addendum to the proposal sent on 2/12/08 regarding design and placement changes & reviewed with Parks & Rec Director and Chief 3/5/08; Special Event permit for the exhibition approved 3/13/08.

• City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) - Notice to Proceed granted by CHAP 2/12/08 after extensive meetings with project team and community groups, indicating all concerns had been adequately addressed by the project team.

• City of Baltimore - Special Event Permit approved 3/1/08 for installation of artist Lee B. Freeman's


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.