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MICA Honors President Fred Lazarus and His Wife, Jonna Lazarus, With Day of Service Oct. 20

Staff and Faculty Plant 30 Redbud Trees for the Lazarus' 30 Years of Commitment to the College and Baltimore Community

Posted 10.20.09 by MICA Media Relations

Fred and Jonna Lazarus, your vision and creativity, your innate understanding of the intrinsic value of art in the lives of individuals have provided leadership for the transformation of a College... 

Redbud Trees

BALTIMORE--MICA's Staff Enrichment Council hosted the first MICA Day of Service on Oct. 20, in honor of MICA President Fred Lazarus and his wife Jonna Lazarus' 30-year commitment to the College and the Baltimore community. To celebrate their leadership and to create an exciting, vibrant landscape for MICA and the City of Baltimore, the College's staff and faculty volunteered with Sherwin-Williams and TruGreen Landcare employees to plant 30 Redbud trees--one of Fred's favorites--paint the concrete support columns underneath the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) and clean up overgrown landscape surrounding the new parking area across from MICA's Gateway building (1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.).

Approximately 135 volunteers arrived at the Day of Service's commencement, and many more joined throughout the day, together completing the work more than an hour earlier than anticipated. Volunteers--dressed in T-shirts designed by Douglas Ellmore '12, Venessa Gogliettino '09, Issac Kaminsky '09 and Kyle Van Horn '03--enjoyed refreshments and music as they helped refresh an unused parcel of land. The concrete bridge now dons the colors of the MICA palette, purple, orange, yellow and gray, while the hill leading up to the expressway entrance has become an inviting urban green space.

David Hart, director of alumni & parent relations, Sarah Barnes, ceramics studio manager, Michael Molla, vice president for operations, along with Sherwin-Williams representatives thanked the volunteers for their Day of Service. This challenged intersection has been transformed by the power of people and paint, Molla said during the dedication ceremony.

Jonna and Fred graciously accepted being honored by the grove of Redbud trees. The site's dedication plaque reads: "Fred and Jonna Lazarus, your vision and creativity, your innate understanding of the intrinsic value of art in the lives of individuals have provided leadership for the transformation of a College-inside and outside you inspire, you empower, you make a difference to MICA...to Baltimore. MICA students, staff, faculty, and business & community friends dedicate this space in honor of your 30 years of commitment and to recognize and continue your legacy."

Sherwin-Williams; TruGreen Landcare; J-V Painting & Drywall, Inc.; Corporate Maintenance Group; Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks; and Lazarus Design Associates generously partnered with MICA for the Day of Service. Gifts supporting the newly planted trees include Whiting-Turner Contracting Company; L.H. Cranston and Sons, Inc.; Martin Greenbaum Flooring; Harbour Sign & Graphics Limited; Heidler Roofing Services; Arista Custom Furniture, Inc.; Admiral Services; and Ray Piechocki Consulting.

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.