NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS VISUAL ARTIST WINS NATIONAL LATINO ART BEAT COMPETITION BRINGING THE HONORS TO MIAMI FLORIDA FOR THE THIRD TIME SINCE 2003
Miami – With three national winners in the Latin Art Beat Competition since 2003, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) has placed itself among the highest achieving institutions to enter the prestigious national contest. With her painting titled “Cuca la Curandera”, this year the accolade is presented to NWSA high school senior, visual artist Cathryn Garcia-Menocal as she wins the national competition and receives 2nd place in the local (Miami) competition. As the 2007 national winner Garcia-Menocal will receive a minimum of $20,000 scholarship from the Latino Art Beat organization to attend (MICA) Maryland Institute of College of Art in Baltimore. Selected as a 2007 scholar for the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, this is the second National Award Cathryn receives this year.
Jim Hunter, NWSA high school faculty who oversees the project in the visual arts division states “Cathryn is an exceptional artist and individual. With a 5.4 GPA, Garcia-Menocal is a superior and driven student who excels in everything she does. Cathryn is one of the finest examples of the quality of our visual art students.” Every year since the inception of Latin Art Beat, New World School of the Arts’ 11th and 12th grade students enthusiastically participate in the contest and create art pieces reflecting the diverse community that is Miami. “In a county that is predominantly Hispanic it is important to celebrate the heritage of our students. NWSA appreciates the opportunity to take part in such a prestigious contest. It is truly a celebration of the Hispanic culture” concludes Hunter.
Garcia-Menocal is a Miamian of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent currently attending New World School of the Arts. Her extracurricular activities include presiding over Amnesty International for two years, President of NAHS for two consecutive years, Zonta Club International president – corporate watchdog / women’s rights, Chairperson of the “Arts in Antarctica” project with artist Javier Cortada, Poster child for Miami-Dade County Public Schools “Creativity” campaign and political activist.
Don Rossi, founder and president of Latino Art Beat will officially announce the national winner of the competition on Friday, September 14, 2007 during the awards ceremony to be held in Washington D.C. The kick-off event, which coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, will be hosted by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenti at the Mexican Cultural Institute.
In collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public School and Mayor Manny Diaz from the City of Miami, the local (Miami) awards ceremony is scheduled for the last week in October 2007 and will be held at MAM (Miami Art Museum). Among the invitees will be NWSA students, alums and faculty, local artists, community leaders and dignitaries, arts supporters and the local media. More information about the local awards ceremony will become available in the weeks to come as the Latino Art Beat organization, collaborators and hosting institution define all details.
With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, New World School of the Arts (NWSA), is a magnet high school and four-year college for the visual and performing arts. Opening its doors in 1987, NWSA has graduated over 3,000 students of every ethnic and economic background has passed through its door, many of them becoming successful and passionate artists and performers. The visual arts division, designed to train and nurture aspiring artists, provides an environment for creative discovery and encourages students to explore new paths while exposing them to the work of classical and contemporary masters. This conservatory-style training provides them with a richly diverse and well-rounded perspective. Areas of concentration in visual arts include drawing, electronic media, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
A contest founded by Chicago’s Latino Art Beat organization, the program gives currently enrolled Hispanic high school students, grades 11 (juniors) – 12 (seniors) from the five major metropolitan areas in the US the opportunity to win monetary awards for studies based on their artistic talent. Latino Art Beat is a not-for profit arts organization based in Chicago that runs an annual art competition for high school students themed "What Hispanic Heritage & Culture Means to Me". The competition celebrates heritage and the artistic talents of the student artist while encouraging higher education through the award of scholarships.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.