Creative Citizenship

COVID-19 Community Engagement Guidelines

While the COVID-19 pandemic remains an evolving situation with shifting implications for MICA students, staff, and faculty, it is critical for the MICA community to identify safe ways to continue community engaged/ field-based work that is an essential component of the academic experience.

Residents in the Greenmount West community pick up boxes of donated food at the weekly Food Distribution program that the Greenmount West Community Center (GWCC) immediately set up when the pandemic began in March 2020.

CAC Alum Christopher Johnson supported  the Greenmount West Community Center's weekly Food Distribution program.

These guidelines are aligned with the changing public health conditions associated with COVID-19 as well as with the other policies that shape the college's overall approach to reopening the MICA campus.

The intent of these guidelines is to minimize the risk of COVID-19 disease transmission and protect the health and safety of the MICA community, our community partnership sites, and members of the larger Baltimore community. However, it is important to understand that we cannot eliminate risk altogether; a good deal of the responsibility rests with individuals to monitor their own behavior, and observe the guidelines as a community. 

All students who participate in field-based or community engagement activities during this time must receive a copy of the MICA Guidelines for field-based and community engagement activities at the start of the semester and document their acceptance in addition to adhering to the MICA Social Agreement. Failure to follow the guidelines set forth in this document will result in suspension of the community engaged activity. These guidelines are subject to change in alignment with MICA's shifts in Operational Modes according to the MICA Public Health Metrics Dashboard and are the overarching authority for MICA as it relates to these community engaged/ field-based initiatives. 

    Read the Spring 2021 Guidelines here

    Submit Your Proposal for In-Person Community-based Work

While MICA is in Operational Modes 2, 3 or 4, all MICA community members planning to undertake regular and sustained in-person community-based work (whether curricular or extra curricular) must abide by the MICA Social Agreement and these additional field-based guidelines in order to minimize risk of spreading the virus and its variants. You must submit the proposal for in-person community based work prior to engaging with in-person community engaged work.

As of the beginning of the Spring 2021 Semester, MICA is in Operational Mode 3.

Access Art Program Director Tiffany Jones works to set up the weekly Access Art Food Distribution program in Morrell Park with CAC Member Susan Tuberville. (Photo taken by CAC Alum Jessie Houff, who served at Access Art in 2017-18 and 2019-20) + Enlarge
CAC Member Renee Anderson and MICA undergrad Desiree Thaniel led a daily outdoor arts program for youth in the Better Waverly neighborhood at 901 Arts in the early Fall. 901 Arts hopes to continue outdoor programs for youth in the late Spring. (Photo taken by CAC Program Manager Sarah Edelsburg) + Enlarge
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