NWSA presents the 2008 winning tie and scarf at Miami-Dade Days in Tallahassee

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NWSA BFA visual arts student
travels to Tallahassee during the spring legislative session
and adds a touch of fashion and color to
Miami-Dade Days with his tie and scarf design
Miami --- As it has been the tradition for the past 19 years, New World School of the Arts added a touch of fashion and color  Monty Trainer, NWSA visual artist David Uribe, Abbey Chase, Mercedes Quiroga. to Dade Days, the premier event in Tallahassee during the spring Florida Legislative session, with the new ties and scarves worn by the Dade Days constituents. The unique design boasting a kaleidoscope of bold colors and greetings messages in ten languages was created by Colombian-born, David Uribe, a visual arts 2008 BFA graduate from NWSA. The young artist became the topic of conversation in Tallahassee as he networked with key political figures and members of the delegation wearing his design.
Conceived in 1987 by President of Chase Marketing and NWSA Foundation Board Co-Chair, Abbey Chase, the idea to have New World School of the Arts' visual arts college students design the fashionable staples has become a ritual during the popular annual event. For the more than 3000 guests that attend the Tallahassee occasion, this has become an opportunity to add to their growing collection of unique New World School of the Arts ties and scarves available only to a few Floridians.  Those in attendance included the Florida Governor, Cabinet and Legislators. 
“The unique opportunity to design these coveted ties and scarves is something all visual arts BFA’s look forward to every year” stated Maggy Cuesta, Dean of visual arts at NWSA. “The project, lead by NWSA graphic design instructor Rosario Martinez-Cañas, offers students the unique experience of seeing the winning creation produced in a mass-market scale – although only one design is chosen,  it’s a remarkable and inspiring accomplishment for the whole class” concluded Cuesta. 
From among other very interesting designs, this year's tie and scarf, sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida, was selected by a panel of ten judges last November, made up of Monty Trainer, Chairman of Miami-Dade County Days; Abbey Chase, President of Chase Marketing Group; Mercedes Quiroga, Provost New World School of the Arts; Ana Maria Rodriguez, Government Affairs Specialist for Baptist Heath of South Florida; Dianne Raulson, Development and Government Relations at NWSA and others.
The winning design was announced last month during an al fresco lunch at Monty's Raw Bar and Restaurant in Coconut Grove. The honors of having his design selected was accompanied by a check, courtesy of Baptist Health South Florida, and the opportunity for Uribe to attend Miami-Dade Days in Tallahassee to see his design come to life. Both tie and scarf were added to the permanent and exclusive collection of 18 designs displayed at New World School of the Arts.
For more information about NWSA's exclusive collection of Dade Days ties and scarves or to start your own collection, call the Visual Arts Division at 305-237-3597.
Photo: (left to right) Monty Trainer, NWSA visual artist David Uribe, Abbey Chase, Mercedes Quiroga.
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