MICA PLACE Opens in East Baltimore
In October 2010, MICA celebrated the opening of the renovated Saint Wenceslaus Catholic School turned community art center on Collington Avenue in East Baltimore. MICA PLACE: Programs Linking Arts, Culture, and Education will be home the Master of Fine Arts in Community Arts (MFA/CA) program as well as the MA in Social Design program, that will begin it's inaugural class in the Fall of 2010.
MICA PLACE contains: an art gallery, computer lab, studios, seminar space, community meeting rooms and apartments for graduate students. The facility will be instrumental as MICA continues to immerse students in hands-on opportunities from which they can draw inspiration for their work and where they can have an impact on the city.
MICA PLACE also serves as the AmeriCorps residency site for MACA student Anne Kotleba and MFA/CA student Natalie Tranelli. During the community open house on October 23rd, Anne and Natalie organized a show of local Baltimore artists. Amongst the crowd favorites was Mr. Joe, an East Baltimore resident, who uses his gift of creativity and imagination to transform simple found objects into beautiful works of art. Also included in the exhibition, was work from Samuel Brice, Eugene Cole, Barbra Greene, Ray Bowser and Devon Scarborough. The Baltimore American Indian Center, The Club at Collington Square and the East Baltimore Community School also exhibited work from their youth art programs.
The open house was well attended by students, community members, neighbors and young people. Through monoprint and jewelry-making workshops, attendees created their own art to take home, as well as contribute to the artist exhibition.
The MICA PLACE opening in October, was the realization of a decade long dream. As programing begins within this building, it will stand as a "bricks-and-mortar representation" of MICA's commitment to Community Arts.