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MICA grant to further entrepreneurship among artists

The Daily Record
March 7, 2016

Students at the Maryland Institute College of Art will get the chance to turn their craft into a business after the Baltimore art school was awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation on Monday.

That money will be used to launch Up/Start MICA, a collegewide entrepreneurship program that will work with MICA students and recent graduates.

“For us it’s a natural transition,” said Megan Miller, director of the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development.

In a survey of graduates MICA found that more than 50 percent of its graduates freelance or work for themselves in some capacity. A 2012 national survey by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project found that alumni wished they had more entrepreneurship training in art school. That information convinced MICA of a greater need for an entrepreneurship program to get students and recent graduates to think about their skill as a business.