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MICA Alumna Christina Ralls '08 Contributes to Award-Winning Public Project

Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth Honored by National Council on Public History

Posted 04.07.09 by MICA Media Relations

Mosaic created by Christina Ralls '08

BALTIMORE--Baltimore '68: Riots and Rebirth, a series of public initiatives by the University of Baltimore that includes work by MICA alumna and community artist Christina Ralls '08 (MA in Community Arts), has won the National Council on Public History's 2009 Outstanding Project Award. The award, which was presented at the council's annual meeting on April 3 in Providence, R.I., recognizes excellence in work that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past and that serves as a model of professional public history practice.

A mosaic monument facilitated by Ralls, who continued working at UB as an AmeriCorps member through MICA's Community Art Corps program, features a collaborative design and individual ceramic tiles created by eye-witnesses to the 1968 riots. Ralls documented the process in a video.

The work of art commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1968 Baltimore unrest that followed in the wake of his assassination. It was exhibited during last year's MA in Community Arts Thesis Exhibition in Rosenberg Gallery of Brown Center and will have a permanent home at the YMCA of Central Maryland's Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Family Center at Stadium Place later this spring.


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.