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Baltimore Sun Article Features MICA's Center for Design Practice

Article Includes an Interview With the Center's Founder and Director Mike Weikert

Posted 11.23.09 by MICA Media Relations

BALTIMORE--The Nov. 22 issue of The Baltimore Sun Education supplement includes A Perfect Design, an article highlighting local graphic design programs that emphasize community outreach. MICA's Center for Design Practice (CDP) is the lead example.

The center's founder and director Mike Weikert describes CDP as a  "multi-disciplinary studio dedicated to preparing the next generation of design leaders. We focused on the idea of students from graphic design, environmental design and animation working together. MICA was trying to establish this kind of research at an art and design school. I proposed that we try to create scenarios where these kinds of projects are not constrained by a kind of department...and that they are more institution-wide."

The article continues: "What makes the CDP's projects so unique is its mission. Each project is pursued with the intent to reach a solution for a problem met by a community organization. Whether it is a Web site, video or interactive display, the students are charged with the collaborative research and analyzing of the problem in cooperation with the client, while committing to an effort that will result in a positive, local impact."

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Center for Design Practice's recent project with Maryland Energy Administration

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.