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MICA Students Commended by WBAL TV, ArchDaily, Baltimore Sun for Their Community Involvement

Students Help Locally and Internationally with Noted Community Efforts

Posted 05.07.11 by MICA communications

Warf Jeremie, neighborhood in Haiti

From abuse awareness to disaster relief work, MICA students have been working with the community in art and design problem-solving projects and are being praised for doing so.



  • Students in a MICA design-build class received a grant, from the Office of Community Engagement and the Flo McGarrell '97 '98 Collaborative Projects Fund, to travel to Haiti to see the conditions of the country after the tragic earthquake in 2009. They used their travels to develop safe, innovative housing for the thousands who suffered from the earthquake's damage until more permanent housing is made available.
  • MICA also partnered with Baltimore County schools to blend recycling and creativity in the first Trash Art show at Ballestone-Stansbury House in Essex. Individuals spent a week cleaning trash from the river near the Essex Airpark and decided to use the found objects as inspiration for their art.
  • Additionally, students took on a mission of child-abuse awareness when they spray-painted approximately 850 butterflies on city sidewalks, each one representative of a suspected victim of child abuse seen by the nonprofit Baltimore Child Abuse Center in a single year.









All of the above efforts have succeeded in impacting the community, locally and internationally, in a positive way.

For more information:

READ: WBAL TV--butterflies line the sidewalks: raising child-abuse awareness
READ: ArchDaily--transitional shelter design study in Haiti
READ: Baltimore Sun--collected trash becomes art



Image caption: Warf Jeremie is a neighborhood in Cite Soleil that is under rehabilitation. The existing condition is a maze of makeshift homes constructed of found materials, mostly scraps of metal siding. (Photo by Tessa Tripodi)

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.