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MICA's New Mission & Vision Statements Look to the Future of Art & Design Education

The statements reflect MICA’s commitment to serving its students as a global leader in art and design education in the 21st century, as well as thriving with its home city Baltimore.



MICA is pleased to announce new mission and vision statements, as well as a new set of institutional tenets. They embody the College's forward-thinking art and design education where its students and alumni are positioned to impact the global economy and culture. The mission statement also affirms MICA's pledge to thrive with the city of Baltimore.

"As we move forward into the 21st century, artists and designers are becoming an even more fundamental - and powerful - force in society. At MICA, our responsibility is to educate students to succeed and contribute with this expanding platform for artists, designers and art educators in their local communities and beyond," said MICA President Samuel Hoi.

From November 2016 through May 2017, these statements were generated through an exceptionally inclusive effort. The entire MICA community - alumni, faculty, parents, staff, students, and trustees - was engaged in a process that involved meetings, small group discussions, open surveys, and individual conversations. The steering committee was co-led by the president and chair of the Faculty Executive Committee. Input was sought from external stakeholders in various fields. This full engagement has ensured that the outcomes are thoughtful and, importantly, an authentic reflection of MICA today and what its campus community aspire to be going forward.

"In addition to their contributions in the traditional art and design fields, creatives are increasingly valued for their abilities to address complex issues differently and effectively across sectors and spheres - in social innovation, technology, education, medical services, environmental sustainability and business, to name a few. They are critical agents of transformation whose time has come," Hoi continued.

In rearticulating its mission and vision, together with the new set of tenets, MICA is defining its role as a teaching and learning community in the 21st century.

"To fulfill our responsibility to educate students to thrive in a constantly evolving landscape, we have a mandate that inspires us, as well as core beliefs and values that guide us to be our best," said Hoi.

MICA's new mission and vision statements are below:

EMPOWER students to forge creative, purposeful lives and careers in a diverse and changing world. THRIVE with Baltimore. MAKE the world we imagine.

A just, sustainable, and joyful world activated and enriched by artists, designers, and educators who are valued for their leadership and imagination.

Visit mica.edu/mission to learn more about the tenets and philosophy that underpin the statements.

This page was last updated on 03/21/2018.