Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) President, Samuel Hoi, was named a 2017-2018 Art of Change Fellow by the Ford Foundation. The fellowship program recognizes "visionary artists and cultural leaders in creating powerful works of art that help advance freedom, justice and inclusion, and strengthen our democracy," according to the Foundation.
"It is a profound honor to be recognized as a Ford Art of Change Fellow," said Hoi. "The Ford Foundation's bold commitment to highlight such an inclusive range of Art of Change Fellows sheds wonderful light on the full spectrum of creative efforts that contribute to a more just society. I am deeply inspired and humbled to be among the incredible leaders acknowledged by this fellowship program."
Since joining MICA in 2014, President Hoi has spearheaded significant initiatives to advance opportunity and equity in the arts, both at MICA and in the greater Baltimore community. He has instituted UP/Start, a creative entrepreneurship program which encompasses the first major venture competition for art and design students and has instituted an entrepreneur-in-residence program at the makerspace, Open Works. President Hoi has also implemented a campus-wide integration effort for diversity, equity, inclusion, and globalization and conceived the Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network (B/CAN) project, a citywide network of entrepreneurial support for Baltimore's creatives.
The yearlong fellowship comes with unrestricted stipends of $50,000 for individuals and $75,000 for collaborative teams. Fellows will create work that explores questions of freedom and justice, which they will showcase in late 2018.
"This fellowship recognizes an extraordinarily diverse group of brilliant artists and innovators whose works embody social justice, and enables them to come together and collaborate toward a more just and inclusive future," said Elizabeth Alexander, the Ford Foundation's Director of Creativity and Free Expression.