Chicago Based Organization Receives Praise from Miami Mayor

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Latino Art Beat selected its 2015 National art competition winner, Anais Perez from Doral Academy of the Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy, Doral [suburban Miami], Florida. Perez entered her wonderful painting titled “El Orgullo Mundial” to the Latino Art Beat competition, this year themed “What Sports Means to Me?” and won 1st Place in the Miami Latino Art Beat competition. She was further selected from all the other 1st Place winners from participating cities, as this year’s National Latino Art Beat winner. This milestone competition is supported locally in Miami by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Office of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Both Perez and Latino Art Beat President Don Rossi Nuccio were honored by Mayor Regalado during a session of the Miami City Commissioners meeting, which was broadcast live on Public TV, recognizing Pérez outstanding win and Latino Art Beats tireless dedication to advancing student visual artists on to higher education, through the award of college scholarships.

Perez was awarded a combined scholarship of $146,000 through the Latino Art Beat / Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (“MICA”) scholarship partnership. MICA has been a premiere academic partner of the national Latino Art Beat program for more than 10 consecutive years. Latino Art Beat is now entering its 19th year in offering recognition of the artistic talents of young visual artists all over the United States. During Nuccio’s visit to Miami, he also made presentations at two student rallies. The first at Doral Academy, in the presence of over 400 students who intently listened to Dons encouraging words on the importance of higher education and entering the 2016 Latino Art Beat competition as a real opportunity at possible scholarship support. Don also spoke about Latino Art Beat offering talented young aspiring artists a national platform in which to profile their artistic talents. During this presentation he screened Latino Art Beats ‘scary movie’ for younger teens titled “The Dance”, which is the second film in a trilogy of short movies produced by Latino Art Beat, written by young story teller Manny Reyes III and Directed by Nikola Stojkovic. “The Dance” was recently reviewed by world famous scary story teller and author of the “Goosebumps” series, R. L. Stine who gave it a thumbs-up. If you are interested in learning more about Latino Art Beat, visit

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