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MICA Freshmen Take Urban Plunge 2008: Day of Community Service

Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) newest students chose to spend Labor Day working with six community organizations or projects in Baltimore.

Posted 09.03.08 by MICA Media Relations

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Maryland Institute College of Art's (MICA) newest students chose to spend Labor Day working with six community organizations or projects in Baltimore.

About 60 freshmen participated in Urban Plunge 2008, a one-day community service event that emphasizes the importance of volunteering in Baltimore from the very beginning of a student's experience at the College.

Students had the choice of working with one of the following: Beans & Bread, Our Daily Bread, Bolton Hill Nursery School, Living Classrooms Foundation, William Paca Elementary School, or a collaborative mural project with MICA alumni and other Baltimore artists.

Projects ranged from mural painting to cleaning to serving food to those in need.

Many new students who sign up for Urban Plunge, which is more than 6 years old, go on to participate in MICA's Community Arts Partnership (CAP) program. CAP enlists the talents and energies of MICA students to provide the Baltimore community with enriching art-based educational experiences.

For more information about Urban Plunge or CAP, call 410-225-2300.

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.