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President Lazarus Featured for Helping Launch New Baltimore Fashion, Design and Architecture School

Article Lays Out Plans for New Public Design School, Focusing on MICA's Efforts

Posted 06.08.10 by MICA communications

We want to provide a new educational opportunity for Baltimore City youth. 

MICA President Fred Lazarus

BALTIMORE--Bmore, an online news magazine about Charm City, highlights the instrumental role MICA President Fred Lazarus has had in implementing The Fashion Architecture and Basic Design School (FAD), the state's first public high school of its kind. The article, "New high school aims to help students design their future," published June 8, lays out the plans for opening the school by August 2011.

Designed to complement the city's already-existing art school, performing arts-based Baltimore School for the Arts, FAD will focus on the applied arts, such as the trades of fashion merchandising or graphic design.

State Sen. Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore City) told Bmore that for nearly a decade she has wanted a school that gave students the skills to apply fashion, architecture and design in business. Pugh's dream school was not an "art for performance's sake" institution, but one providing the tools for entrepreneurial success. On Jan. 12, FAD received final approval by Baltimore City Public Schools for an August 2011 opening.

"We want FAD to be a laboratory for the development of curriculum for design programs," Lazarus told Bmore. "And we want to provide a new educational opportunity for Baltimore City youth."

Laura Weeldreyer, deputy chief of staff for Baltimore City Public Schools, is particularly energized by MICA's involvement with the project. "They are a nationally recognized art institution, and the thought of their partnership with FAD, their linking public school system kids to higher education was exciting. We've been talking to them for years. Fred [Lazarus] is phenomenal."

In addition to educational and curricular support, MICA will help with many other initiatives in getting the program started, including marketing, fundraising, staffing and student recruitment. MICA graduate students are even designing the new school's logo.

Photo caption: MICA President Fred Lazarus helped gain approval for first fashion, design and architecture high school in Maryland.