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OLA Partners with Latino Art Beat on 2010 Hispanic Heritage Art Competition

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Latino Art Beat Launches 2010 Hispanic Heritage Art Competition

Once again this year, Latino Art Beat will team up with the Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) and DC Public Schools (DCPS) to launch this year’s competition in Washington, DC. "This is a great competition that allows youth to celebrate Latino culture and to show their extraordinary talent," commented OLA Director, Mercedes Lemp.

The competition is open to all currently enrolled District of Columbia area High School students in grades 11 through 12. Only high school juniors and seniors may qualify to be judged for scholarship awards.

Artwork must be ready for display, matted and reinforced on the back with cardboard or mounted on black or white board. All canvas entries must be stretched and mounted to a wood stretcher. Maximum size: 30"x36".

New: A short essay describing each competition entry must be included.


  • Drawing and Painting—Theme: "What Hispanic Heritage and Culture Means to Me!"
  • Film and Animation—Theme A: "My Life" or Them B: Narratives.

All scholarships, monetary prizes, and award certificates will be presented to the winners at the District of Columbia / Latino Art Beat Awards Ceremony to be held during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15, 2010). This year's event will be announced by OLA. June 2010 graduating seniors will be advised of their scholarship awards in advance of the awards presentation and in advance of the fall semester. Any such scholarships granted are conditional upon the student being accepted by the student's college or university of choice as meeting their entry requirements. Contestants should apply to the college or university of their choice as early as possible.

Drawing and Painting: Advanced Level

Awards: 1st Place—$1,000; 2nd Place—$500 and 3rd Place—$250

Film and Animation: National Winner / Award: $500 (minimum)

Additional awards may be granted winning students, after high school graduation, who chose to attend and meet the entry requirements of one of Latino Art Beats academic partners.

Competition entries should be delivered to any of the following locations on or before June 14, 2010:

Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs
2000 14th Street, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Attn: Mercedes Lemp, Telephone: (202) 671-2825

District of Columbia Public Schools
Office of Bilingual Education
Garrison Elementary School
1200 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Attn: Mr. Arnoldo Ramos, Telephone: (202) 671-0750

Latin American Youth Center Art and Media House
3035 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Attn: Marie Moll, Telephone: (202) 319-7312