Venus Williams shares passion for the arts with New World School of the Arts

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Venus Williams shares passion for the arts w
ith New World School of the Arts'
up-and-coming artists and community leaders

Tennis legend Venus Williams recently held a reception at the Miami InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami to announce the winning painting for her new Eleven by Maggy Cuesta, Rafael Domenech, Rebecca Flor, Venus Williams, Jeffrey Hodgson, Rosario Martinez-Cañas, Carlos GallostraVenus Williams: Empowering Artists Through the Arts contest. Williams, who personally judged all the artworks for the poster competition, chose Billy Myrtil's design to create tee-shirts for her EleVen clothing line. The winning entry, which has already been turned into trendy tee-shirts for men and women, is on sale at the InterContinental Hotel for a limited time, and 100% proceeds will benefit New World School of the Arts [NWSA]. "We are delighted to add Venus Williams to our roster of supporters," said Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Interim Provost of NWSA. "We are also very grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Venus in this initiative and to have been chosen as the recipients of her philanthropic efforts. The EleVen by Venus Williams tee-shirt initiative highlights  Venus Williams and Ian MelgarejoVenus' passion for the arts - but most importantly, it demonstrates her commitment to our youth and to their development as artists." Participating student artists, New World School of the Arts, and Miami Dade College faculty and administration, Miami-Dade County Public School representatives, and community leaders joined friends and supporters of NWSA to share Venus' enthusiasm as she graciously spent time with each of the artists during the reception, to learn more about their design. Of the eleven finalists selected by Williams, six students attend New World School of the Arts and two are students of Miami Dade College. Billy Myrtil attends South Tech Academy in Boynton Beach.

Photos by Liliam Dominguez
ELEVEN-301: Maggy Cuesta, Rafael Domenech, Rebecca Flor, Venus Williams, Jeffrey Hodgson, Rosario Martinez-Cañas, Carlos Gallostra
ELEVEN 244: Venus Williams, Ian Melgarejo