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Students Join Baltimore Community to Create Social Justice Mural

ABC2 airs segment showing the students working on the mural; Baltimore Sun features project

Posted 04.09.10 by mica communications

North Avenue mural being painted

BALTIMORE--New murals are being painted along North Avenue with MICA students taking a leading role, all in honor of the National Art Education Association convention being held in Baltimore, April 14-18. The Baltimore Mural Program, an ongoing project of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, expands as painting begins on a mural by artist Jerry Butler of Central Connecticut State University with assistance from MICA students. The theme of the mural is social justice and is based on artwork by the artist, MICA students and elementary school students from Midtown Academy and Mount Royal Elementary School. Painting will take place along the 400-500 block of North Avenue under the JFX overpass near Mount Royal Avenue on Monday, April 12 through Saturday, April 17.

  • Baltimore's ABC2 - WMAR aired segments showing the children working on the mural.
  • READ: The Baltimore Sun profiles the project and its impact on the neighborhood.



In order to tie the project into the NAEA convention, the Baltimore Mural Program decided to use artwork by city elementary school children and conference attendees are assisting with the painting throughout the conference weekend. The mural dedication takes place Sunday, April 18 at 9 a.m. on North Avenue, and when complete it will be among 140 murals throughout the city of Baltimore.

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.