Maryland Institute College of Art President Fred Lazarus IV is transforming a section of Baltimore through his understanding of the connections among art, education and community development. MICA under his leadership has grown and increased in prominence, but his most permanent contribution to the state may be in the flowering of the Station North Arts District. Just this year, MICA helped transform this once-derelict area through a $20 million renovation of the college's Graduate Studio Center building on North Avenue, the groundbreaking for a new $16.5 million dormitory and an investment in the purchase and renovation of the once-grand Centre Theater. His efforts have also helped inspire a new partnership between the Johns Hopkins University and the neighborhoods around its campus.
Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun