New program manager for MICA PLACE brings years of community-based programming experience
Kristy Taylor joined the community engagement team as program manager for MICA PLACE this fall. Part of her decision to come to MICA was sparked by her respect for the bold yet thoughtful manner in which the College has grown, especially with its leadership in developing Station North, and now, with its move to East Baltimore. "These forward-thinking steps encompass the creative spirit of MICA, along with a true commitment to a better Baltimore through the arts and art education," Taylor said. "My role as program manager of MICA PLACE allows me to be an integral part of existing community connections while starting ones that are new and unpredictable."
Before MICA, Taylor served as community liaison for the City of Baltimore Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods. In that capacity, she worked with numerous communities, organizations, and government agencies throughout the city, promoting partnerships and collaborations. Her sales and marketing background allows her to assist others and target problems with creative solutions.
Additionally, Taylor has served Baltimore communities as a Maryland Master Gardener, organizing plant clinics, and as a library board member, increasing usage of local branches as community centers by promoting youth literacy activities and education.
These experiences will help Taylor wear several hats as MICA PLACE's program manager. She will support the faculty and students working with local communities, while acting as an ambassador for MICA PLACE. Taylor understands that "building solid relationships with our Baltimore partners and neighbors on North Collington and the surrounding area is very important to our success."
Photo caption: Kristy Taylor (center), with President Fred Lazarus IV, engages members of the community at the opening reception for MICA PLACE. (Photo by Christopher Myers '94)