Katherine Ordonez's 'Todo para ti. Maria Sofia' wins national competition

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National acclaim as the national winner of
2009 Latino Art Beat Competition.

(Miami, Florida)—City of Miami Mayor, Manny Diaz, the Mayor’s Office of Film & Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Latino Art  “Todo para ti. Maria Sofia” by Katherine Ordonez, New World School of the ArtsBeat, a Chicago based not-for profit arts organization, will recognize Katherine Ordonez of Miami, FL winner of the 2009 Latino Art Beat National “Hispanic Heritage” art competition.

The award presentation, which will be officiated by City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and Latino Art Beat’s President Don Rossi, will be on Thursday, October 22; 9:00 a.m., at Miami City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Coconut Grove. The presentation will be immediately followed by a reception at the Tower Theatre, 1508 SW 8th St, Miami, to honor the six winning students from across the nation.

Ordoñez graduated this spring from the high school program of New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami.  Her artwork entry called “Todo para ti. Maria Sofia” was selected from over 1,000 art entries from high school artists nationally.  As the 2009 national winner, Katherine received a $1,000 cash scholarship award from fashion retailer, Nordstrom, one of Latino Art Beat’s 2009 national partners. Nordstrom presented window displays at 19 of their stores nationally featuring Katherine’s artwork along with the  artwork of all the regional Latino Art Beat 1st Place winners’ in celebration of 2009 Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15). Katherine also received a $20,000 scholarship award allocated over four years to for the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, MD through the Latino Art Beat / MICA scholarship program.

NWSA has produced five national winners in the Latino Art Beat competition in the last seven years, who have all indicated the Maryland Institute College of Art as their “college of choice”. The Maryland Institute College of Art is one of Latino Art Beats premier academic partners. In addition, Katherine’s “Todo para ti. Maria Sofia”, will be featured on Latino Art Beat national print media including the 2010 Commemorative “Hispanic Heritage” art poster/calendar traditionally unveiled at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in the District of Columbia.

Latino Art Beat is a Chicago based not-for profit national arts organization runs a national art competition themed "What Hispanic Heritage & Culture Means to Me". Latino Art Beat celebrates heritage and the student’s artistic talents while encouraging higher education through the award of scholarships, nearly $2 million awarded since its inception in 1998. LAB’s program gives students from Chicago, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, DC opportunities for studies based on their artistic talent.

For more information, please contact the New World School of the Arts visual arts division at 305-237-3649 or visit us at nwsa.mdc.edu. Questions about Latino Art Beat or the competition should be directed to Latino Art Beat at 773-291-6901 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo caption: “Todo para ti. Maria Sofia” by Katherine Ordonez, New World School of the Arts, Miami [2009]. National winner of the 2009 Latino Art Beat Competition.
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