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MICA Weekend offers chance to explore campus, engage in Baltimore art scene

This weekend includes panels, workshops, exhibitions, an alumni art sale, a barbecue, receptions and more.

BALTIMORE — For the first time, the Baltimore community and beyond is invited to attend MICA Weekend for a chance to take part in a rich, cultural experience.

MICA Weekend, which takes place Oct. 4-6, is a new expansive event at MICA, and encapsulates the College’s mission to thrive with the city. The three-day program is made up of a number of events and is open to current and future students, families, alumni and the greater Baltimore Community. 

The three-day event offers a look into many of MICA’s programs, as well as workshops, panels and more.

"As the College prepares for its bicentennial anniversary in 2026, we are inviting existing and future friends to celebrate with MICA for this premier weekend on campus," Don Jones, vice president for advancement, said. "Our goal with the event is to engage and reconnect alumni, parents and the Baltimore community. We want to learn about varied interests that intersect with MICA’s mission and how the institution can be supportive in ways that benefit students and the region."

For more information about mica weekend, including the full schedule for the event registration link, visit www.mica.edu/weekend.

Events of interest to the Baltimore community include:

  • Keynote Lecture: Nonprofit Arts Organizations and the Future of Baltimore
    4-5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
    Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
    MICA Weekend will kick off with a lively conversation between President Samuel Hoi and local nonprofit arts leaders about how the arts can help Baltimore and other cities thrive in the 21st century.
  • Fashion Revolution: The Radical Imagination of Ethical Fashion Panel
    6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
    Main Building, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Room 110
    Inspired by the global movement "Fashion Revolution" this panel will open up a conversation about the challenges and possibilities of producing and consuming fashion ethically. Bringing together leaders in the sustainable fashion movement, the panel will explore how designers can work to produce fashion in a way that is mindful of the concerns of waste, pollution and fair labor practices. 

  • Alumni Art Sale 
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
    Bunting East Parking Lot, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave.
    Explore the range of incredible artwork, craft pieces and artisan-made products our alumni create in our one-day public sale on campus.

  • Harry T. Pratt Society: New Perspectives on Reframing the Canon moderated by Lowery Sims, former Executive Director, Studio Museum of Harlem
    1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 (Separate registration advised)
    Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
    What constitutes compelling art, and how do you define it? Join us for a conversation with luminaries in American art who will discuss how the a global canon has influenced or hindered their work. Learn about MICA's Harry T. Pratt Society, an initiative to catalyze broader cultural ideas and actions that advance the creative paths and lives of the MICA community from the perspective of the African diaspora. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Graduate Program Open Studios & Graduate Student Programming
    2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5
    Fred Lazarus IV Center, 131 W. North Ave.
    Meet our current graduate students and see what they’re making in their studios! This tour through the Lazarus Center will give you a chance to see works in progress from the next generation of MICA alumni. Participate in workshops and programs lead by MICA graduate students, including: Jessie Houff, paper making workshop; Frances Wertimer, Oral History Listening Booth; Julia Hsia, interactive knot-making artwork

  • Weekend Exhibitions and Open Houses
    Throughout MICA Weekend there are a number of exhibitions on display, including:

    • The Norman Carlberg Exhibition showcasing MICA’s former director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

    • Undergraduate Student Gallery Exhibitions, which runs 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
    • Sassi Exhibition, which runs Sept. 30-Oct. 7, and has an opening reception from 3-7 p.m. Saturday.

    • The weekend also includes open houses for both undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate open house is from 2:30-3:50 p.m. Saturday the graduate open house is from 2:30-5:30 p.m.