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MICA's Unity Week Takes Place Through Friday, Jan. 22

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Includes Day of Service, Exhibition and Discussion, and Awards Ceremony

Posted 12.01.09 by MICA MEDIA RELATIONS

Mina Cheon '99

BALTIMORE-Unity Week at MICA recognizes and celebrates the life and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The third annual weeklong celebration, themed In This, I Believe, takes place Monday, Jan. 18-Friday, Jan. 22.

The MICA community and general public are invited to the Unity Week Artist Keynote Address by MICA faculty member Mina Cheon '99 , Ph.D., M.F.A., to honor those who have been trailblazers and champions for social justice and equality on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Falvey Hall, Brown Center. At that time, the third annual Unity Week Awards will be presented, acknowledging one student and one faculty/staff person whose work exemplifies the ideals of Dr. King.

On Friday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m., a discussion on spirituality and art, inspired by the work in the In This, I Believe exhibition, will be moderated by a MICA faculty panel, including Fletcher Mackey (foundation and M.A. in Community Arts), Margee Morrison (language, literature & culture), Paula Phillips (foundation and M.A. in Community Arts) and Susan Waters-Eller (drawing and general fine arts). The exhibition, from Friday, Jan. 15-Sunday, Jan. 24, features all mediums, including written works, performance, paintings, photography, prints and fiber arts made by MICA students, faculty, staff and alumni. The submissions for the juried exhibition represent the artists' interpretation of faith, religion, creed, spirituality, inspirational or belief systems. A blog will be launched with written and visual work from the exhibition and will be up for the entire spring semester. A reception will follow the exhibition discussion, all in Rosenberg Gallery, Brown Center.

On Monday, Jan. 18, students, faculty and staff will volunteer with the Greater Homewood Community Corp., an organization that fulfills its mission to strengthen neighborhoods in north central Baltimore by improving education, supporting youth development, and advancing economic development and community revitalization. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., volunteers will participate in beautification projects at Waverly Elementary/Middle School, which include restoring the mural and painting bathrooms and hallways.

About Keynote Speaker Mina Cheon:

Mina Cheon '99  is a Korean-American new media artist, writer and educator who divides her time between Baltimore, New York and Seoul, Korea. She recently published her first book Shamanism + Cyberspace (2009, Atropos Press, NY and Dresden) and, as an artist, has shown internationally. From installation and performance to video and interactive media, her artwork deals with issues of media, space, borders and conflicts between nations, especially the triangular relationship between South Korea, North Korea and the United States. Recently her work, which she calls "Political Pop Art," has extended into the realm of looking at other national conflicts, including those between neighboring Asian nations, such as Korea, Japan and China, and the plethora of images of hatred and racism found in popular media and cultures of Asia. Cheon teaches at MICA in the foundation; interaction design & art; art history, theory & criticism; and language, literature & culture departments.


Monday, Jan. 18-Friday, Jan. 22
All events free

Monday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Day of Service; Waverly Elementary/Middle School, 3400 Ellerslie Ave. (MICA community only)
Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.: Unity Week Artist Keynote Address featuring MICA keynote speaker Mina Cheon and Unity Week Awards presentation; Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Friday, 3:30 p.m.: In This, I Believe exhibition discussion and reception; Rosenberg Gallery, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

MICA's Unity Week was established in 2008 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.-going beyond honoring the man and striving to honor his ideals through expanded programming that explores themes of social justice, equality, diversity and cultural representation. It is coordinated by the College's Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development and co-sponsored by the President's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Faculty Cultural Expansion Committee.

Hear interviews with Cheon on WYPR-88.1 or WEAA-88.9.

Image caption: Mina Cheon '99, photo by Dan Meyers

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.