urlDear, Metalsmiths

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore has recently announced their intention to close the Jewelry Center, a well-respected program with an international reputation. Classes are running through the end of the Spring semester in 2014 and the faculty and students at the Jewelry Center are fighting the decision. We, as a metals community, can’t afford to lose another college program. Please join us and show your support by signing the petition at the link provided and by writing personal letters to the President of the College, expressing why you believe metals and jewelry education is beneficial to an arts education and to our society. Letters can be addressed to
Fred Lazarus
Office of the President
Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 Mt. Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217

Or President Lazarus can be emailed at

The petition can be found at

Please contact April Wood (Faculty/Jewelry Center) at with any questions regarding the situation or if you would like to offer or discuss ideas for bringing visibility and attention to the situation.

Thanks to ECU and the metals community for their amazing support. We hope to be able to share our love of metals and “making marks” with Baltimore and many students to come.

Best, April Wood


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