Baltimore’s arts scene — as well as MICA and its alumni — have been singled out by PBS, Yelp, Forbes, Southwest: The Magazine, The New York Times, and the travel giant Expedia.
Named one of the “10 Coolest Cities to Visit” by Forbes, Baltimore was singled out for its “burgeoning arts scene.” In addition, the city was hailed as the home of MICA alumni Amy Sherald ’04 (LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting M.F.A.), who recently received worldwide attention when her portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.
Baltimore was also ranked 15 on The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go.” One of the top U.S. cities on a list that includes locations around the globe, Baltimore was selected for its “packed cultural calendar.” The newspaper drew specific attention to the annual Light City festival, which transforms Baltimore into a hub of art and innovation through large-scale light installations, music and social change conferences. And last year, six MICA alumni were among the artists from around the world who took part in the annual event.
The New York Times recent “36 Hours in Baltimore” article highlighted arts organizations with significant MICA ties — including the Creative Alliance in East Baltimore — as well as Station North Arts, home to the College’s Fred Lazarus IV Center.
A giant pink flamingo sits among shops and restaurants on “The Avenue” in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood.
Baltimore was also featured in a recent issue of Southwest: The Magazine, the in-flight publication of Southwest Airlines with a monthly reach of more than 5 million readers. Touting Baltimore as “the city you’re missing,” the article takes an in-depth look at Baltimore’s cultural scene and its people, including MICA alumnus Hilton Carter ’02 (G.F.A.), a filmmaker and fine artist who lives in the city’s Hampden neighborhood.