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Projects, Class Work Have Community Focus

Overview of classes and programs focused on building the greater community

Posted 01.01.11

CAP interns assist visitors at the printmaking table at CAPfest 2010

Community Art Collaborative (CAC, formerly the Community Art Corps) The AmeriCorps program sponsored by MICA gives artists the opportunity to develop yearlong, arts-based programming within a local nonprofit organization. This year's CAC members are involved with 17 sites, including a dance exchange and a women's shelter.

Community Arts Partnership (CAP) Since 1999, MICA has supported ongoing community-based art projects while offering its students professional development internship experiences.

• Community Arts Convening and Research Project This convening, taking place Sunday, March 13-Tuesday, March 15 at MICA, offers a forum for discussions centered around the idea that community-grounded arts and culture enhance the well-being, development, empowerment, and voice of disenfranchised communities. Funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the project provides a platform for college and university faculty, students, and community-based practitioners, scholars, leaders, and youth to meet and generate new ideas, share resources, reflect on new curriculum and pedagogy, define and solve problems, develop action plans, and cultivate new partnerships. For more information on the convening and research, visit www.mica.edu/convening.

• Words on Wheels The Words on Wheels project, a collaboration with the Maryland Transit Administration and Baltimore City Public Schools now in its 12th year, brings together middle and high school students' winning poetry and MICA students' matching illustrations to create beautiful posters displayed on buses and light rail trains throughout the city for the entire year, beginning each April. The Words on Wheels project is funded by the Goldsmith Family Foundation and Eastern Savings Banks. (Click here to see last year's projects.)

• Exhibition Development Seminar Each Exhibition Development Seminar offers a unique opportunity for student curators, educators, and designers to organize a professional exhibition that connects residents and visitors to great art through installations around the city.

• Social Documentary Class In this class, the camera is utilized as a means of understanding people in relation to each other, to their environments, and to society. Students have partnered with institutions working with issues such as juvenile justice, pediatric AIDS, and healthcare for the homeless.

• North Avenue In collaboration with Baltimore Green Works, a local sustainability advocacy organization, and Morgan State University's School of Architecture and Planning, students meet residents, community activists, artists, business owners, and developers to discuss the condition of North Avenue and the challenges it faces. Students are then asked to respond to these challenges with a project that is either a proposed or implemented solution, which is presented at a weeklong forum and exhibition during April's Baltimore Green Week.

• Object Design Class Students in this studio class pursue real-world design projects by creating educational objects based on theories of child development specialists and first-hand observational testing at Port Discovery Children's Museum. Students aim to develop creative objects and materials that help preschool-age children learn about the natural world.


Photo caption: CAP interns assist visitors at the printmaking table at CAPfest 2010.