Maryland Institute College of Art
Commission AmeriCorps State FY 2011
Program Name: Community Art Corps (CAC) Legal Applicant: Maryland Institute College of Art Vision/Mission: CAC is a year-long program in which members use arts-based programming to strengthen communities and transform lives in low-income and underserved neighborhoods. The mission of member service is to engage youth in arts-based learning experiences that strengthen their academic performance, strengthen Baltimore's nonprofit community, increase civic engagement, and increase service and volunteerism throughout the city. 24 CAC members will serve 1,000 youth through at least 15 after-school art programs, engage 1,000 volunteers, and facilitate 30 community-strengthening projects in 2011-2012. Community Need: There is a compelling need for arts-based programming that strengthens leadership, builds community, and increases civic engagement in urban centers. This need is especially great in Baltimore, where an alarming number of children are living in poverty and are at risk of dropping out of school or becoming involved in crime. With low-income neighborhoods throughout the city looking for positive alternatives, and under-funded public schools struggling to educate and engage their students, the arts-based programming that CAC members provide engages young minds, inspires new behaviors, strengthens academic skills, and instills new hope. Types of Member Services: Each CAC member is responsible for: 1) providing youth with art-based programming, 2) creating and implementing community-strengthening projects that engage the broader community in service and arts activities, 3) recruiting volunteers to engage in, and strengthen the work of, their host site organization and, 4) exploring their own personal commitment to a life of service, while developing the personal and professional skills that will lead to success.