Latino Art Beat Awards $20,000 Scholarship to National ‘Hispanic Heritage’ Art Competition...

Latino Art Beat Awards $20,000 Scholarship to National ‘Hispanic Heritage’ Art Competition Winner

National winners recognized on October 25, 2007 at Tower Theater in Miami’s ‘Calle Ocho’ district


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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 22, 2007–Latino Art Beat proudly announces the 2007 National Latino Art Beat art competition winner, CATHRYN GARCIA-MENOCAL of Miami, FL. This year’s competition themed “What Hispanic Heritage and Culture Means to Me” called for high school artists nationally to visually express their interpretation of the competitions theme. Over 1,200 art entries into this prestigious competition were received. The drawing, titled ‘Cuca la Curandera’ according to Garcia-Menocal “is my homage to women who live an intense life of purpose and to the culture that has seeped itself into the very fibers of her being. She is a walking irony, a medicine woman smoking tobacco.”

Garcia-Menocal attends the New World School of the Arts (NWSA), Miami, FL graduating in June, 2008. NWSA has produced three national winners in the Latino Art Beat competition. All three, Chat Travieso (2003); Kandy Lopez (2006) and Garcia-Menocal (2007) have chosen to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD (MICA), which is one of Latino Art Beats premier academic partners.

“With a 5.4 GPA, Garcia-Menocal is a superior student who excels in everything she does. New World School of the Arts’ students enthusiastically participate in this contest and create art pieces reflecting the diverse community that is Miami. NWSA appreciates the opportunity to take part in such a prestigious contest. It is a celebration of the Hispanic culture” says Jim Hunter, visual arts teacher at NWSA.

As the 2007 national winner Cathryn Garcia-Menocal is eligible to receive a minimum of $20,000 up to possibly $60,000 allocated over four years to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD through the Latino Art Beat / MICA scholarship partnership. Garcia-Menocal, a Miamian of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, was also selected as a 2007 scholar for the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation.

Don Rossi Nuccio, President of Latino Art Beat says, “I’m pleased at the progress that our art competition has made over the years. To date we have awarded over $1million in scholarships, thus assisting to counter the high Latino high school drop-out rate by encouraging and providing for a college education. Miami, with two world class visual arts high schools, NWSA and D.A.S.H., coupled with the on-going support of Mayor Manny Diaz’ and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has become the trendsetter for our national initiative.

Without question, the on-going support, participation and competitiveness from all our partner cities has made this national competition a milestone within the Hispanic community.”

In collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public School, Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and The Mayor’s Office of Film & Cultural Affairs, the national Latino Art Beat awards ceremony will celebrate the local Miami competition winners along with the national winners on October 25, 2007. The winners will be first honored during a morning session of city council, then the national Latino Art Beat Awards presentation and reception will take place at 1:30PM at The Tower Theater, in Miami’s ‘Calle Ocho’ district. Students honored will include 2007 Latino Art Beat 1st Place winners; Luis Galvan (Chicago), Christian Rios (Houston), Gabriel Yeganyan (Los Angeles), Erin Young (Miami), Rykeyn Bailey (District of Columbia) and national competition winner Cathryn Garcia-Menocal (Miami).

ABOUT LATINO ART BEAT

Latino Art Beat is a Chicago based not-for profit national arts organization that has run 10 annual art competitions for high school students themed “What Hispanic Heritage & Culture Means to Me”, which celebrates heritage and the student’s artistic talents while encouraging higher education through the award of scholarships. LAB’s program gives students from Chicago, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, DC opportunities for studies based on their artistic talent.

ABOUT MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART

MICA’s undergraduate and graduate programs have consistently been ranked among the nation’s top programs in visual arts and design. Founded in 1826, MICA is the oldest fully accredited, degree-granting college of art in the country. Website: http://www.mica.edu/

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Latino Art Beat Awards $20,000 Scholarship to National ‘Hispanic Heritage’ Art Competition Winner