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Illustration Students Collaborate With Baltimore Kids for Words on Wheels

Poem Submissions Inspire Poster Artwork for MTA Buses, Light Rail

Posted 05.14.09 by MICA Media Relations

MICA student Nechama Frier illustrated I Am Me by Northeast Middle School student Manijha Mack.

BALTIMORE--MICA illustration students have created poster artwork inspired by poems written by Baltimore middle and high school students for the Maryland Transit Administration's buses and light rail trains. Now in its 10th year, Words on Wheels is a poetry contest and collaboration between Baltimore City Schools, MTA, Goldsmith Family Foundation, and MICA.

The winning poems and the poster art inspired by them will be unveiled Friday, May 15 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the MTA North Avenue light rail facility. The MTA will display the final posters on buses and light rail trains throughout the city. This year, the posters will be printed in both English and Spanish.

Words on Wheels encourages students to engage in an authentic writing process and gives them the opportunity to have their writing professionally published and viewed throughout Baltimore. The contest brings together students and teachers from across the city, and gives the winning students the benefit of meeting the MICA illustration students who have translated their words into images.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: MICA student Nechama Frier illustrated the poem, I Am Me, by Northeast Middle School student Manijha Mack.

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.