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MICA Community Continues to Support Haitian Relief Efforts

Alumni, Faculty Reach Out to Haiti in Very Different Ways

Posted 02.17.10 by MICA Media Relations

Dolls for the Children of HaitiThe Center for Race and Culture at MICA is partnering with the Friends School to donate dolls to the earthquake orphans of Haiti.

"Dolls will bring great comfort and perhaps some joy to children who have lost everything," CRC Director Leslie King-Hammond said in a release. "MICA and Friends School believe that this act of kindness will inspire hope for the children of Haiti and give purpose, meaning and attention to this global crisis."

The CRC asks that people make or buy rag dolls, sock dolls, crochet, knitted or knotted dolls, boy dolls, girl dolls, even animal, flower or funny creature dolls to create a variety of choices for the children. This is a long-term ongoing project, but the first delivery to Haiti will be sent along with a Friends School faculty member who is traveling to Haiti during spring break. To get in on this first shipment, dolls need to be dropped off by noon on March 11. You can donate the dolls at the Center for Race and Culture (1210 W. Mount Royal Ave., second floor). Any questions should be directed to King-Hammond or CRC staff member Jennifer Lee at 410-225-2534.

How Is my FriendKarisa Senavitis '02 and Kevin O'Neill have put together an impromptu exhibition at Brooklyn's Live With Animals gallery (210 Kent Ave.) to honor the Haitian earthquake victims. How Is My Friend consists of naively constructed symbols of solidarity (flags, posters, lapel pins, T-shirts etc.) representing what the artists perceive as the good spirit and exuberance of local Haitian culture channeled through the positive vibes of a long-time Haitian friend who has been too-long out of communication. The exhibition will run March 5-28 with an opening reception on March 5 from 7-10 p.m. A portion of proceeds from the sale of work will go to the Haitian Centers Council in Brooklyn to provide therapy and legal support to New York's Haitians impacted by the earthquake.

The work makes no attempt to be an historical account of Haiti and chooses to make no overt comment or reference to the current tragedy. Rather, the perspective is more local/personal, expressed through recontextualized communications and unassuming visual cues adapted from e-mails, flyers, DVD packaging, television, logos and other typically mundane communications.

Senavitis and O'Neill, co-founders of the creative studio Will Work for Good, live and work in Brooklyn.

Rafael Soldi '09, Untitled (Terrence)Another alumnus, Rafael Soldi '09 (B.F.A. photography), gathered a group of emerging photographers working in the United States and Canada and organized a Benefit Print Sale for the people of Haiti, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders. The effort was successful, selling out all prints in their effort to raise $10,000. For more information, click here.

Photo credit: Rafael Soldi '09, Untitled (Terence)

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.