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MICA Alumni and Faculty Receive Kresge Arts in Baltimore Grants

The pilot program encourages Baltimore residents to use art and culture as tools to address issues in their communities

Posted 10.21.09 by MICA Media Relations

Julie Lin '99, Mixed Up

BALTIMORE--On Oct. 20, the Baltimore Community Foundation announced that Kresge Arts in Baltimore has awarded $88,500 in grants to 12 recipients in the Baltimore metropolitan area, including Access Art, Inc. with founder and MICA painting faculty Tony Shore and Christopher Peters '04 '07; MICA Community Art Corps assistant Julie Lin '99; Open Society Institute fellow Ashley Milburn '07; Native American After-School Art Project with Open Society Institute fellow Ashley Minner '05 '07; and New Lens with executive director and MICA M.A. in Community Arts faculty Rebecca Yenawine.

These arts projects engage a wide spectrum of Baltimoreans as well as arts genres, and range in scope from the creation and installation of sculptures in vacant lots in West Baltimore, to helping torture survivors and asylum seekers heal emotionally and psychologically through photography, to a youth-led multimedia initiative to keep students from dropping out.

About the MICA-Affiliated Programs:

Access Art, Inc., with founder and MICA painting faculty Tony Shore and Christopher Peters '04 '07
For the Youthlight Photography after-school program, which provides youth ages 11-18 in Baltimore's Washington Village/Pigtown and Morrell Park neighborhoods with photography instruction, media literacy education and leadership development. During the year, students will encourage others to stay in school by creating a related PSA campaign, producing a short documentary and hosting exhibits of students' photography.

Julie Lin '99, MICA Community Art Corps assistant
For the Kitchen Stories project, which helps new immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers adapt to the emotional challenges of a new country by offering art and food themed workshops that not only serve as an introduction to American culture and food, but also facilitate the creative expression of memories and stories of their journeys to America.

Ashley Milburn '07, Open Society Institute fellow

To connect West Baltimore youth to their communities by offering weekly workshops that focus on oral history, intergenerational dialogue and community service through artistic expression. The workshops will culminate in the youths' creation and installation in vacant lots of 12 six-foot sculptures of young adults asserting their voice in the community.

Native American After-School Art Project, with Open Society Institute fellow Ashley Minner '05  '07

To help Native American youth connect with their culture by supporting a youth-led asset mapping project to document Baltimore's Native American community. As part of the project, young people will receive weekly training in photography, oral history, drawing, painting, sculpture and gallery installation skills as they prepare to create a gallery exhibit highlighting their work.

New Lens, with executive director and MICA M.A. in Community Arts faculty Rebecca Yenawine

To support a media arts program for 20 youth at Baltimore's Lake Clifton High School campus. Youth in the program will learn media and production skills as they create a twice monthly television show focused on raising awareness of urban environmental issues.

About the Kresge Arts in Baltimore Grants:

The grants, which range from $4,900 to $10,000, will be dispersed immediately and run through October 2010. More than 130 grant requests were received for this pilot program, which encouraged Baltimore residents to use art and culture as tools to address issues in their communities. The Kresge Foundation, based in Michigan, enlisted the Baltimore Community Foundation to administer Kresge Arts in Baltimore.

The Kresge Foundation is investing $200,000 over two years in Baltimore, as well as in Detroit and St. Louis, for this pilot program. Additional U.S. cities have been pre-selected for this program and will be announced after the pilot phase. For more information on the Kresge Foundation, visit www.kresge.org. The grant review panel consisted of volunteers representing Baltimore's arts, community development and philanthropic sectors.

Image caption: Julie Lin '99, Mixed Up.

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.