Stepping Out of the Limelight
Alec Roark Judelson ’23 (Fiber BFA)
Over quarantine, we spent our time in isolation, forced to grieve and adapt to a nation beyond what was physically tangible. Although we were stripped of our most immediate communities, we saw the capacity art held in establishing transnational relationships, providing space for healing, igniting change, and uplifting voices that have long been silenced and overlooked. As we emerge from isolation and navigate this changing landscape together, we must acknowledge the relationships and communities that have sustained us in these times of uncertainty.
“Our end goal is the same: to uplift underrepresented communities and voices. Being the director of the benefit fashion show has allowed me to combine my interests of design, photography, film, and fashion into one collaborative project. My goal as an artist is to be a voice for people of color, and planning BFS has shown me just how impactful art can be,” Mary Song ’23 (General Fine Arts BFA) said.
It has been 28 years since the Annual Benefit Fashion Show (ABFS) began as a Black Student Union program. Created by Dr. Frankie Martin, the show was initially designed to highlight students' creativity and artistry of the African diaspora who were often overlooked. Since then, ABFS works to AMPLIFY and encompass larger diversity and inclusion initiatives and is one of the year's most anticipated events on campus. It brings together a community of diverse majors, identities, and ethnicities into one dynamic event.
The Office of Culture and Identity is committed to the needs of future generations of artists, designers, and scholars. Providing a multiplicity of voices and viewpoints is essential to our mission of imagining and shaping a more equitable future.
We believe that diversity fuels excellence when people from differing experiences, identities, perceptions, and social and cultural backgrounds work together to expand their authentic perspectives through cross-cultural awareness, understanding, and dialogue.
Through curriculum, accessibility, and policy, we strive to provide the highest quality of programs and services that enable students to become capable critical thinkers and well-informed artists who are better prepared to function and AMPLIFY as creative instigators on a global stage.
To ensure the health and safety of the MICA community as well as our guests, in consultation with health officials and expert epidemiologists, MICA has implemented the following protocols to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our community.
MICA 's 28th Annual Benefit Fashion Show “AMPLIFY,” sponsored by the Office of Culture and Identity, will be held at 8 p.m. on April 8 and 9 in Falvey Hall in MICA's Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore, MD 21217.
MICA is committed to providing a safe and responsible experience for our faculty, staff, students, and special guests. With that in mind, this event is open to the MICA community, as well as a small number of invited and approved guests. The approved invited guests will need a special code in order to purchase tickets.
Alec Roark Judelson ’23 (Fiber BFA)
Casper Pauciulo ’22 (Fiber BFA) (left) and Aster Quesen ’22 (General Fine Arts BFA)
Cassidy English ’24 (General Fine Arts BFA)
Kris Tapia ’22 (Fiber BFA)
Lucas Taurins ’22 (Fiber BFA)
Maia Malakoff ’24 (Fiber BFA)
Paolo Miguel Dela Vina ’22 (Illustration and Painting BFA)
Rebecca Loren ’22 (Graphic Design BFA)
Venus Stanton ’23 (Fiber BFA)
Vi Karmann ’25 (Graphic Design BFA) (pictured) and Autumn Kerr ’25 (General Fine Arts BFA)