LATINO ART BEAT AND LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION OFFER HISPANIC STUDENTS OPPORTUNITY...

LATINO ART BEAT AND LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION OFFER HISPANIC STUDENTS OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY ARTISTIC TALENTS IN ART COMPETITION

2003 Hispanic Heritage Month Contest “What Hispanic Heritage and Culture Means to Me” to Offer Thousands of Dollars in Monetary Awards for Studies


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Chicago, IL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 8, 2003–Hispanic high school students from five major metropolitan areas now have the opportunity to win monetary awards for studies, based on their artistic talent, as part of the annual Latino Art Beat art competition, “What Hispanic Heritage and Culture Means to Me”.

The contest, which was founded by Chicago’s Latino Art Beat organization, has expanded this year to Los Angeles, Houston, Miami and New York. The program will be carried out locally with the support of each city’s Board of Education, which will work with the schools’ art programs to enlist talented Latino students.

The “What Hispanic Heritage and Culture Means to Me” competition will include submissions of drawings and paintings from 11th and 12th grade Latino artists. Winners in each city will receive awards in the following amounts: $3,000 for First Place, $1,500 for Second Place, and $500 for Third Place. First Place winners from each city will be considered for the “National Winner” category. The national winner with be awarded an additional $10,000, and the winning artwork will be featured in national print media outlets as part of GM’s celebration of 2003 Hispanic Heritage month.

General Motors has pledged its support in the form of the monetary awards to the contest’s winners and transportation for Latino Art Beat’s Chicago members. In celebration of the April 7 contest kickoff in Chicago, Jack Phelon Chevrolet and General Motors donated a 2003 Chevrolet Express van fully equipped with On-Star and built-in DVD to the Latino Art Beat organization.

“We’re very appreciativee of General Motors for its support of young Latino artists, and for helping Latino Art Beat bring this program to other cities,” said Latino Art Beat Founder and President Don Rossi Nuccio. “The Chevy Van will help us greatly in promoting our organization and transporting students who have no alternate mode of transportation. Additionally, the monetary prizes will grant talented Latino youth from across the country the opportunity to further their artistic aspirations.”

“General Motors is a proud supporter of Latino youth culture and of its contributions to American society,” said Sonia Maria Green, General Motor’s Director of Hispanic Marketing. “We’re very excited to donate this Chevrolet Express Van to Latino Art Beat and help its growth, given its support of young Latino artists and their unique observations on Hispanic culture and its communities here in the United States.”

The Detroit-based automotive maker, which has been recognized for its continued support in advancing the issues of the nation’s Hispanic community, was also recently honored with the National Association of Hispanic Publications’ “2003 Automotive Company of the Year” and the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “2002 Company of the Year” awards.

The deadline for artwork entries is Thursday, May 29, 2003. For more information or to obtain a contest entry form, please contact Latino Art Beat toll-free at #866.3322.LAB or P.O. Box 87458, Chicago, IL 60680.

ABOUT LATINO ART BEAT

Latino Art Beat is a Chicago-based, non-profit organization that encourages the artistic talents of Latino high school students through annual citywide art competitions. The organization was formed in 1998 by Don Rossi Nuccio and Daniel Oscar Cisneros to promote young artists’ work in celebration of their Latino heritage. Since its formation, Latino Art Beat has run three successful art competitions in Chicago, annual open-air exhibitions, and has successfully organized fundraising through sponsorship, grants and concerts.

ABOUT GENERAL MOTORS

General Motors (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide. In 2001, GM earned $1.5 billion on sales of $177.3 billion, excluding special items. It employs about 359,000 people globally. For further information on General Motors, please visit http://www.gm.com.

General Motors and the Hispanic Community: General Motors is a dedicated supporter of the Hispanic community and its contribution to American culture and society. General Motors is committed to implementing programs that foster a long-term, culturally relevant and respectful relationship with the Hispanic community. Hispanics are an integral part of General Motors’ employee, supplier, dealer, community, and consumer families. GM’s participation in the Hispanic community includes ongoing support and encouragement of education, economic empowerment and business opportunities.

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CONTACT:

GM Communications

Melisa Tezanos

T: 313.665.9902

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Ruido Group

Rebecca Rosenberg

T: 212.633.0440, ext. 18

LATINO ART BEAT AND LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION OFFER HISPANIC STUDENTS OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY ARTISTIC TALENTS IN ART COMPETITION