NWSA partners with Honey Shine to celebrate the sixth anniversary of ArtopiA with "I Am Me"

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New World School of the Arts partners with Honey Shine to celebrate the sixth anniversary 
of ArtopiA with “I Am Me” 

MIAMI--- Joining in the celebration of ArtopiA’s sixth anniversary, New World School of the Arts, in collaboration with the non-profit  NWSA Visual Arts student poster I am Meenterprise Honey Shine, will present “I AM ME,” a poster exhibition. This is the culmination of an art event that highlights the importance of recognizing and honoring the self. The show comprised of artwork created by seventeen participating young artists, who will be in attendance accompanied by their NWSA mentors during the opening, illustrates the remarkable work that can be achieved through mentoring and nurturing of the arts.

Lead by New World School of the Arts Dean of Visual Arts Maggy Cuesta, graphic design faculty Rosario Martínez-Cañas and renowned graphic designer Rowena Luna, “I AM ME” exhibition takes place, Thursday, October 20, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, 2985 South Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove.

Martinez-Cañas, who has been instrumental in propelling this project for the past six years at New World School of the Arts affirmed, “I have always felt that it is very important for both our school and our students to be involved in community projects and especially those related with arts education, so the ArtopiA Mentoring Program was a perfect fit for us at New World School of the Arts. ArtopiA provided our students with the opportunity to mentor young ladies in order to facilitate the creation of artwork based on a theme. The mentors worked on a one-on-one basis, covering fundamental art and design concepts, computer layout programs and various other media including painting, photography, collage, etc. Taking part in this project is hopefully the first step for our students to develop a sense of community awareness and to introduce the visual arts to those less fortunate.”

This year’s mentoring event took place in March. During a day-long creative session at New World School of the Arts, the student mentors worked hand-in-hand with their mentees to explore and uncover how the young ladies could illustrate the meaning of “I AM ME,” through their artwork. 

Founded by Rowena Luna of LeftRight Design, Inc. in partnership with Mirta Fuentes, Program Director of the 
Leadership Learning Center at St. John Bosco Church, ArtopiA reaches out to the community in order to explore artistic ways to help underprivileged youth in the Miami-Dade County area. By matching local students, identified and selected by Honey Shine, with mentors comprised of NWSA college students, ArtopiA gives each participating student an opportunity to showcase their talent.

Honey Shine, founded in 2002, works to empower young girls to shine as women through bi-weekly workshops and a summer camp that help encourage the balance of mind, body, and soul in girls and women by providing nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts and is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

Further information available by calling the NWSA Visual Arts division at (305) 237-3597. www.mdc.edu/nwsa.

Photos: Poster created by Jasmine Thompson; Poster created by Cai Thomas

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