Latino Art Beat's annual art competition for high school and early college age students is held in participating cities in May of each year. The theme is generally "What Hispanic Heritage & Culture Means to Me?". Latino Art Beat offers alternate or additional competition themes from time to time and in 2016 is offering “FRIENDSHIP: Between the Youth of the USA and Cuba”. The national competition categories are: Drawing & Painting and Film & Animation (i.e. video or DVD shorts.) Since its inception in 1998, Latino Art Beat has awarded its competition winners over $4,000,000 in college scholarships, monetary prizes, college credit courses and Spanish language courses.
In 2015 students attending public high schools in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C. participated in Latino Art Beat's national Hispanic Heritage art competition ("Drawing & Painting" competition category for high school juniors and seniors). The 2015 national winner was Anaïs Perez from Doral Performing Arts and Entertainment Academy, Doral (Miami), FL. Award ceremonies took place during Hispanic Heritage Month in all participating cities. In 2014, the ‘Film & Animation’ competition category was offered as the “Youth Short Film Competition” in collaboration with the HollyShorts Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA and the awards presentation was held in August, 2014 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The Latino Art Beat national Hispanic Heritage art competition is run in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office and the respective Departments of Education in each of the participating cities.
Latino Art Beat has had many illustrious partnerships over the years including with The Latin Recording Academy® when we introduced a competition category calling for the design of the official Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards poster, representing the first time that visual arts students were able to receive such a high level of mainstream international recognition.
Latino Art Beat is a partner organization to The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and collaborates with the US Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC.
General Motors ("GM"), Showtime Networks, Nordstrom and many others have all proudly sponsored Latino Art Beat's national Hispanic Heritage art competition over the years. Academic partners include Loyola University Chicago, the Maryland Institute College of Art (“MICA”), Baltimore, MD, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA and Instituto Cervantes.
Academic institutions interested in becoming a member of the national Latino Art Beat program should reach out to Latino Art Beat for details.