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Saturday, April 19 from 1-4 p.m. in the park median of Eutaw and McMechen streets

Posted 04.04.08 by MICA Media Relations

Boundary Block Party

BALTIMORE - As part of the Baltimore city-wide Festival of Maps and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) exhibition Beyond the Compass, Beyond the Square, a community celebration Boundary Block Party will take place on Saturday, April 19 from 1-4 p.m. in the park median of Eutaw and McMechen streets. The Block Party is an event to bring the Bolton Hill, Madison Park, Sandtown, and Upton neighborhoods together to commemorate the shared experience of living in historic Baltimore City neighborhoods while celebrating each area's unique characteristics. In urban environments, even in neighboring communities, there can be few opportunities to meet neighbors and cultivate new friendships. The Boundary Block Party will provide a fun and engaging opportunity for neighboring communities to come together to celebrate and build new relationships with neighbors.

An important component of the Block Party is to engage communities and have them benefit through this participation. To this end, collaborative art projects will be created during the block party and later installed in community parks. Block Party attendees will have an opportunity to add their own artistic flair to planks of wood that will then be used to replace old or rotting planks in public park benches in the park benches in the Contee-Parago Traffic Island, Henry H Garnett Park, and Bruce Street Park.

The Boundary Block Party will include live musical entertainment from Baltimore based Todd Marcus Trio; Empowerment Temple Youth Ministries, including gospel, solo performances and spoken word; the Furman Templeton STEP Team; and the Furman Templeton Youth Choir, an after school choir of students from Furman Elementary led by Officer Rose.

In addition, the Boundary Block Party will have free food and refreshments and a host of family friendly activities.

To learn more about the project, sign up to represent your community, or volunteer please visit www.boundaryblockparty.com or call 410.225.2300.

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.