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Despite Global Pandemic, MICA Continues Focus on Civic Engagement

MICA, which was recently named the Best College for Student Voting by Washington Monthly, will virtually hold its annual Constitution Day event, tackling conversations around the centrality of Black politics in the transformation of American democracy — past, present and future.

WHAT: Constitution Day 2020: Justice and the Vote — Black Politics and the Transformation of American Democracy

WHERE: This event will be livestreamed on MICA’s website.

WHEN: Sep 17, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

DETAILS: MICA’s Annual Constitution Day, presented in partnership the Enoch Pratt Free Library, will explore and assert the centrality of Black politics in American legal and justice system transformations of the United States through the 19th century — drawing a connecting thread to the present-day grassroots mobilization of Black women and families continuing these structural transformations through advocacy amplified by collective voting power. 


BALTIMORE — As the 2020 election approaches, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) remains at the forefront of student voter engagement, and a leader in the conversation around voter rights. 

The MICA community is made up of artists and creative problem solvers. And despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, MICA continues to engage. 

In recent years, the College has been recognized multiple times for its civic engagement. In fall 2020, MICA was named the Best College for Student Voting by Washington Monthly, and in 2019, the College received two awards — the Champion Award, for having the highest registration rate of all participating campuses, as well as the Best in Class Award for small, private, four-year institutions for our Campus Action Plan, for its work in the 2018 midterm elections by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.

Whether through the College’s participation in Black Girls Vote’s Party at the Mailbox Initiative — which worked to make voting easy and fun during quarantine and included MICA Globe Press posters in its package; through student-created virtual modules from MICA Organizers + Activists (MOA) — which will help educate students about how to safely vote this November; or through much-needed conversations around voter rights and American democracy — like this year’s Constitution Day event, MICA is putting in the work. 


This year, Constitution Day includes panelists Christopher Bonner, University of Maryland educator who specializes in African American history and the nineteenth-century United States and author of the recently published Remaking the Republic: Black Politics and the Creation of American Citizenship; Nykidra “Nyki” Robinson, a values-driven leader, entrepreneur, visionary, and motivator from Baltimore who has a passion to change the world; and Imani Haynes ’20 (Curatorial Practice MFA), a MICA graduate who is a curator, educator and historian, creator of the Million Woman March Exhibition, a recipient of the 2020 Y.L. Hoi Memorial Award, and the new Education Program Manager at the Josiah Henson Museum and Park in Rockville, Maryland.

The free event, sponsored by the MICA and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, commemorates the holiday (Sept. 17) with panels and commentary on contemporary issues in politics, government, civic engagement and activism. The event is open to the public, and can be livestreamed on the MICA website.