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President Honored for Civic Leadership in Washington, Baltimore

Baltimore magazine's "Power" issue honors Fred Lazarus as a "visionary leader" in Baltimore's culture scene

Posted 12.07.10 by MICA Communications

President Fred Lazarus IV received the Founders Award for Civic Leadership

WASHINGTON--Partners for Livable Communities honored MICA President Fred Lazarus IV with a Founders Award for Civic Leadership for his contributions to the Baltimore community through his leadership at MICA and local arts organizations. The award was presented during the Celebration of Vision and Community Spirit formal dinner and awards program on Dec. 7 at The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. One of the defining aspects of Lazarus' tenure as president of MICA has been his commitment to using art to affect positive community change.

"The Founders Award is affirmation that MICA was prescient when it made engagement with the Baltimore community a cornerstone of its strategic plan. Our engagement with the community continues to pay dividends--for the College, our students and the city," Lazarus said. "Baltimore and MICA have proven that collaborating for the promotion of art and design can lead to the enhancement of a city's cultural and economic vitality."

  • READ: Next American City's interview with President Fred Lazarus IV about The Art of Change.
  • READ: In its "power" issue, Baltimore magazine gives top honors to Lazarus as a "visionary leader" in Baltimore's culture scene.

A national nonprofit organization that strives to improve communities through the promotion of quality of life, economic development and social equity, Partners for Livable Communities has brought the best community leaders and advocates together for its annual awards program for 30 years. The event features 10 awards, and past honorees have included everyone from U.S. presidents to small town newspaper editors.

The Founders Award for Civic Leadership acknowledges individuals for their contributions in the stewardship of our nation's communities, and honorees are recognized as people whose lives reflect a unique leadership that has a significant impact on the quality of life for people across America. Recent recipients include Robert A. Peck, commissioner of public buildings for the General Services Administration (GSA); William K. Reilly, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and former president of the World Wildlife Fund; and Benjamin Hooks, former director of the NAACP.

Lazarus continued, "The evolution of Baltimore as a cultural destination and MICA's reputation as a place where artists and designers will want to come and study are inextricably linked. Our success in using MICA to anchor economic development related to the arts only furthers our ability to position MICA as the top art college in the country, located in the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, energized creative communities."

To read more about Lazarus' civic work, read his biography here. For more information about the Celebration of Vision and Community Spirit, visit Partners for Livable Communities' website here.



Image caption: President Fred Lazarus IV received the Founders Award for Civic Leadership on Dec. 7.

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 65 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.