State of the Arts MICA celebrates two major awards.

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Woot! STYLE extends its hearty congratulations to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), which has been recommended for a $75,000 award as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town grant program. The program, which aims to increase the presence of arts in communities, will support the newly developed North Avenue Knowledge Exchange.

With help from Red Emma’s and Station North, the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange was created to provide free arts education for students of all ages in Baltimore. The program kicked off in February with a full day of arts workshops throughout Station North, and will expand (with the grant’s help) to a more frequent workshop schedule in January 2017. According to MICA, the education students receive from the Knowledge Exchange will then be applied to community-benefitting projects in Station North and Greenmount.

The announcement of the grant comes only days after another major award in the MICA-verse: Graduating seniors Kira Keck ’16 and Jenna Macy ’16 have been named recipients of the prestigious Windgate Fellowship. The national Fellowship grants $15,000 each to exceedingly talented seniors across the United States for use in support of an arts project. Keck, who will earn a Fiber BFA, plans to use her grant to study weaving and rug making across the world, and Macy, who is earning a Ceramic BFA, will travel to Brooklyn and Australia to study ceramics, fiber, textiles and glass. Best of luck to them both!

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