Working at the Intersection of Art and Social Justice in Baltimore:
This past year, the IRC has worked with MICA and their Office of Community Engagement to develop an online social networking and mapping application from the ground up. The Baltimore Art+Justice Project brings together individuals and organizations working at the intersection of art and social justice in Baltimore City. Like Facebook or LinkedIn, the website enables artists, designers, organizations, and others to securely register and login to the online community in order to engage in and continue dialogs through forums, document justice-related artistic endeavors, and create connections between collaborators.
Working with Wordpress and the acclaimed Buddypress networking tool, the IRC has vastly extended these platforms to merge their functionality seamlessly with application programming interfaces such as Google's Maps, Charts, and Fusion Tables. The end result is a cohesive interactive experience that gives users the unique functionality needed to continue to broaden discourse, raise awareness, and easily search for potential collaborators. Through the use of these online discussions and networking capabilities, the Baltimore Art + Justice Project aims to strengthen collaborations based on art and design to create a better and more just Baltimore.
Karen Stults and Kalima Young, Office of Community Engagement, MICA