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Community Art Corps Hosts Exhibition, June 3–14, and Festival, June 5

Movin’ Outside In Is a Culmination of Yearlong Projects Working With Youth in the Baltimore Community

Posted 05.11.10 by MICA communications

MICA student Rikiesha Hawkins at Jubilee Arts Center.

BALTIMORE--The Community Art Corps (CAC) at MICA celebrates the conclusion of its 2009/2010 year with Movin' Outside In, an exhibition of work made by community members and youth under the direction of CAC artists-in-residence at various sites across Baltimore City, on view Thursday, June 3-Monday, June 14 at Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.

CAC member artists spend yearlong residencies with nonprofit organizations in Baltimore, where they work with youth and adults to build community through art-making. Movin' Outside In highlights the different roles community artists play as facilitators, problem solvers and liaisons between Baltimore's communities and MICA. Featured artists have spent their residencies of 2009/2010 with 901 Arts, Jubilee Arts Center, Refugee Youth Project, the Men's Center, New Lens Productions, Wide Angle Youth Media, Baltimore Clayworks, Goodnow Community Center and The Club at Collington Square.

On Saturday, June 5 from noon-3 p.m., a free community festival and reception will take place in Cohen Plaza (in front of the Brown and Fox buildings, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave.) featuring performances by the 901 Arts' drumline, participatory dances that will be fun for the whole family, a hip hop performance by a local MC trio and a collaborative multimedia performance by MICA student Lindsey Bailey.

CAC member Moira Fratantuono helps participants at the Refugee Youth Project create mosaics.The exhibition will feature the artwork and documentation of community installed artwork including:

• Mosaics created by participants from Baltimore City Community College's Refugee Youth Project under the direction of artist Moira Fratantuono;
• Artwork from youth and adults at Jubilee Arts Center describing their ideal community through 2-D and 3-D collage under the direction of Rikiesha Hawkins;
• Self portraits and identity poems by youth at 901 Arts facilitated and in collaboration with Towson University's Community Based Arts Teaching Class students under the direction of Sarah Tooley;
• A quilt by Barbara Combs telling the story of the Goodnow community;
• Two videos, one exploring homophobia and the other about education, produced by teens at New Lens Productions under the direction of Zoë Reznick Gewanter;
• A performance piece created by the collaboration of Lindsey Bailey--while completing her CAC residency at Wide Angle Youth Media--Peabody composers and the Education Based Latino Outreach. The Education Based Latino Outreach created interpretive dance to this music and Bailey made the costumes.
• Work created by local elders under the direction of Katti Sta. Ana at Baltimore Clayworks. This work explores the wisdom that comes with experience.

Since 2004, CAC has placed nearly 100 talented community artists in residencies with nonprofit organizations. Our members facilitate arts-based learning experiences that serve students and adults in Baltimore City, as well as facilitate art-making opportunities for community residents, recruit and manage volunteers, and gain valuable experience in community art and nonprofit work.

CAC is the only program of its kind in Maryland that links artists, youth, communities and academia. CAC is an AmeriCorps program sponsored by MICA. AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages thousands of people each year in service to their communities in critical areas like education, health and conservation. To learn more about AmeriCorps, please visit www.americorps.gov. Some CAC members pursue a M.A. in Community Arts (MACA) degree at MICA simultaneously or continue with CAC after receiving a MACA.

Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.

Photo captions: (top) Youth at Jubilee Arts Center in the visual arts class design buildings for their Build a Community project with MICA Community Art Corps student Rikiesha Hawkins; (insert) CAC member Moira Fratantuono helps participants at the Refugee Youth Project create mosaics.

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.