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City of Baltimore Supports Young People’s Studio Program @ MICA

Grant provides scholarships for participation of K-12 students

Posted 10.20.09

The City of Baltimore has once again generously awarded the College a grant to provide scholarship aid to K-12 Baltimore City students enrolled in our Young People's Studio (YPS) program. For more than a decade, MICA and the City of Baltimore have partnered to bring the arts to Baltimore's youth through this scholarship program. MICA is grateful for the City's ongoing support, which enables it to work in close partnership with Baltimore City Title I schools, which by definition have at least 40 percent of the student body living below the federal poverty level, to identify and recruit students with an interest, talent and passion for art who would otherwise be unable to attend MICA's YPS program.

These classes provide high-quality, out-of-school art instruction that helps to develop and strengthen creative, social and intellectual skills in ways that many school settings do not. YPS strives to give young people an enhanced sense of self and accomplishment, which can, in many cases, lead to improved social behavior and academic performance. Each class publicly exhibits the students' body of work that is produced throughout the course. Instructors place a heavy emphasis on the process of making art. As with all art classes, the final product is regarded as an extension of what was learned throughout the process.

The College is grateful for the longstanding support of the City of Baltimore--over 100 years--which recognizes the vital role that art and creativity play in enriching the lives of its citizens.


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