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MICA Honors Gov. Martin O’Malley, Maryland at Graduate Studio Center Event

Leadership Award thanks those whose actions have had a profound impact on the College

Posted 10.26.12 by MICA Communications

MICA presented the MICA Leadership Award to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

BALTIMORE - MICA presented the MICA Leadership Award to Gov. Martin O'Malley during the College's 2012 Leadership Celebration & Salute on Thursday, Oct. 25. MICA also welcomed U.S. Senator Ben Cardin in this celebration of the newly renovated Graduate Studio Center (131 W. North Ave.).

The MICA Leadership Award is bestowed upon individuals and organizations whose actions have had a profound impact on MICA's evolution into the critically acclaimed College of art and design it is today. The award was presented to O'Malley in recognition of his distinguished service on behalf of the arts and education and for the vital role the State of Maryland plays in providing support for independent institutions of higher education in Maryland.

"...Maryland supports a thriving artistic community and is dedicated to the arts," according to the Maryland State Arts Council. "A recent state-wide survey of the arts shows nearly 90% of Maryland residents are engaged observers of art, having attended live musical performances, live theater or dance, art festivals or events, and museums or galleries over the past year, and 84% create art either professionally or in their spare time."

Maryland's Arts and Entertainment District Program was one of the first programs of its kind in the country, and Station North was designated as Baltimore's first official Arts and Entertainment District in 2001 while O'Malley was mayor.

MICA continues its tradition as an anchor in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District through its newly renovated Graduate Studio Center. After an $18 million renovation, the building offers newly expanded galleries, academic spaces and a café. The century-old former Morgan Millwork then JoS. A. Bank factory has served as a home for the College's graduate programs for more than a decade. More details about the Graduate Studio Center renovation can be found at mica.edu/studiocenter.

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 65 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.