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Washington Post Features 'Artful Activism' by Alumni Group, Faculty Member

Baltimore Development Cooperative Hosts Fundraising Dinners; Hugh Pocock's Classes Complement Social Change

Posted 06.02.10 by MICA communications

Baltimore Development Cooperative, installation view of "Participation Park"

The Washington Post features the "artful activism" of the Baltimore Development Cooperative (BDC), founded by MICA alumni Scott Berzofsky '04, Dane Nester '05 and Nicholas Wisniewski '04, through the group's Stew dinners. During each dinner, organizations present their projects, vying for the money raised from the ticket sales, but most importantly, stimulating and sharing ideas about social activism and community formation.

Berzofsky explained, "some art represents change you want to see. We're trying to make that kind of change actually happen."

The BDC has inspired MICA faculty member Hugh Pocock's urban farming and sustainability classes at the College. "Art isn't just about the making of images; it's the making of social movement and discourse," Pocock said.

The BDC won the 2009 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, and the group's winning work was exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art (click here for story).


  • VIEW: The Post's image gallery of Stew.

Image caption: Baltimore Development Cooperative, installation view of Participation Park at Baltimore Museum of Art, 2009; Courtesy of the artists.