April 15, 2022

COGRID-19 Baltimore poster project

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Courtesy of Rebecca Bradley, Sandra Maxa, Whitney Sherman, Mai Ly Degnan, Brockett Horne, Hayelin Choi, Erica Argilan, Hana Azim, Jiaping Chen, Matt Coles, McKinley Gillespie, Zoe Lin, Danielle Ting Yu Lo, Tianqiao (Emily) Xing, Jessica Brown, Chelsea Conrad, Carmen D’Anna, Mansur Makhmudov, Jon Marchione.

A collaborative project between COGRID-19, Graphic Design / Illustration Collaborative Studio and MICA alumni and faculty.

The COGRID-19 project is a series of risograph prints created to raise money for those most affected by the pandemic. The project brings together 19 artists from a city, each contributing to a shared grid. The collected works are a commentary on the public health crisis and the racial, political and environmental issues that have affected our country. Every penny raised is donated to worthy organizations leading the efforts to help those in need.

Baltimore’s contribution to the COGRID-19 project is a collaboration with MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) faculty Rebecca Bradley (Program Director, MA Illustration) and Sandra Maxa (Program Director, MA Graphic Design). Their collaborative studio course invites graduate students from all graduate degree programs to work together on projects with community partners. For this poster, students from the Illustration, Graphic Design, and Social Design programs joined forces with nine Baltimore-based designers and illustrators to reflect on what Baltimore has experienced over the past two years and how it has maintained its charm and resilience. Part of MICA’s mission is to "thrive with Baltimore" and this grid is a manifestation of that tenet. Funds raised by the sale of the Baltimore grids will go to The Black Mental Health Alliance.

You can purchase a print to support your favorite city here. Instagram: @cogrid19, @micagrad, @mica_gdma, @mica_ma_illustration.

There is still time to apply for some of our graduate programs with strong connections to Baltimore communities! See the list below and for application information visit here.

Community Arts MFA, Curatorial Practice MFA, Filmmaking MFA, Photography + Media & Society MFA, Rinehart School of Sculpture MFA, Social Design MA, Teaching MAT.

About MICA
Acknowledged nationally as a premier leader in art and design education, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is deliberately cultivating a new generation of artist—one that is capable of seamlessly integrating innovation, entrepreneurship and creative citizenship with contemporary approaches to art, design and media.

MICA is redefining the role of the artists and designers as creative, solutions-oriented makers and thinkers who will drive social, cultural, and economic advancement for our future.

As the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation, MICA is located in Baltimore, deeply connected to the community. It is a leading contributor to the creative economy regionally and a top producer of nationally and internationally recognized professional artists and designers.

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