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MICA Presents Connecting the Dots: Life in the Community Art Corps July 16-Aug. 1

Exhibition in MICA’s Fox Building Demonstrates How Art Can Be Used as a Tool for Proactive Problem Solving, Civic Engagement, Communal Unity

Posted 06.30.09 by MICA Media Relations

Work by children at The Club at Collington Square.

BALTIMORE--MICA presents Connecting the Dots: Life in the Community Art Corps, an exhibition of work made by community artists in collaboration with community members and youth, Thursday, July 16-Saturday, Aug. 1 in Fox 3 Gallery of Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave. An opening reception takes place July 16, 6-9 p.m. On Aug. 1, hands-on workshops and a reception take place from 1-3 p.m. in Fox 3 Gallery; video screenings and a performance by WombWorks follow from 3-5 p.m. in Falvey Hall of Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

The Community Art Corps is an 11-month AmeriCorps program based at MICA that connects artists with community organizations to develop artistic collaborations that emphasize experimentation with and exploration of new ways of using visual and performing arts in the service of youth and communities. Many CAC members are also pursuing an MA in Community Arts degree at MICA. Three MACA students are exhibiting in the Community Art Corps show.

Each Community Art Corps member artist has found a way of working in and with a community organization, which is manifest in the variety and type of work in Connecting the Dots. The exhibition highlights the different roles a community artist plays, including: partner, producer, researcher, advocate, organizer, facilitator, assistant, educator, and healer. Within all of these ways of working, member artists look for creative ways of problem solving, spurring dialogue, renewing civic engagement, and expressing community pride and identity.

The exhibition is the culmination of a one to two year-process of relationship-building that reflects a unique convergence of communities, people, and ideas. Partner organizations and artists are: Baltimore Clayworks - Ariel Plantz, House of Ruth Maryland - Hannah Brancato, Art on Purpose - Elizabeth Brady, Womb Work Productions - Sharon Hundley-Smith, Wide Angle Youth Media and Baltimore Algebra Project - David Sloan, Youth Dreamers - Sarah McCann, Kids on the Hill - Rebecca Di Meo and Sarah Tooley, University of Baltimore - Christina Ralls, The Club at Collington Square - Emily Vaughn, and Creative Alliance - Aidah Aliyah Abdullah.

MICA's galleries are free and open to the public. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Note: The exhibition will be closed during Artscape, Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19. It will reopen Monday, July 20.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Image caption: Work by children at The Club at Collington Square. (CAC artist Emily Vaughn)

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.