An image of families creating their own museums in the "Make Your Own Museum" Kids Club Craft event at OCA Mocha.
Families create miniature galleries in shadow boxes along a table of art supplies at the “Make Your Own Museum” Kids Club craft event at OCA Mocha.

Through outreach programming, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) encourages public service in response to societal needs and issues in our surrounding community. We have collaborated with regional schools, museums, and non-profit organizations, through many initiatives, including:

Programs also include film series, lectures, seminars, symoposia, and artists’ residencies, as well as Senior Adult Learner Outreach in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and K-12 Outreach Programs and Projects in Baltimore City and five neighboring counties.

The CADVC provides a wide range of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to become involved in K-12 education outreach programs.

Art 498 / CADVC Internship is available every semester for students to take for coursecredit. This upper level course provides students with the opportunity to assist CADVC staff with the research and presentation aspects of a particular CADVC educational outreach program. Interns assist with the presentation of K-12 curriculum and co-curate educational outreach exhibitions featuring artwork from participating schools.

An image of an OCA Mocha Kids Club artist showing off their Button Museum from the "Make Your Own Museum" craft.
A young OCA Mocha Kids Club artist shows off her Button Museum created at the “Make Your Own Museum” craft event.

Visit us on Facebook or YouTube to see some of the photography, painting, collage and video projects by young artists from our K-12 program.

Program Goals

  • Collaborate and partner with schools, museums, and non-profit organizations to produce innovative and effective programs for children and adults in the city and suburbs of Baltimore.
  • Host students and adults on exhibition tours at CADVC and campus visits.
  • Exhibit K-12 student artwork on the campus of UMBC and at partner institutions.
  • Involve parents in programming and invite them to see student artwork.
  • Provide creative ways for a wider audience to apply visual literacy.
  • Foster interdepartmental learning and a healthy community at UMBC, in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and throughout the state of Maryland.
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration and innovative research.