Latino Art Beat, a national not-for profit arts organization which has awarded over $4 million in scholarships to young visual artists is offering its 2015 competition to current high school and early college age students (under 21 years old) ANYWHERE in the USA. Winners will qualify for scholarship consideration, with a guaranteed $1,000 minimum award plus have their artwork and essay published. This competition is in collaboration with SPORTAMY, a social media platform for anyone with an interest in any sport, to be able to express their sports interests. The art competition theme is “What Sports Mean to Me”. Students are invited to submit colorful drawings or paintings accompanied by an essay of 350 words or less. Artwork could i.e., portray children playing sports at their neighborhood sports field; images of famous sports personalities or Latino students might submit artwork reflecting their culture in sports like a soccer or baseball team in action. All artwork must be original. Students attending high schools in Latino Art Beat cities must submit their competition entries to their high school art department, with an “Art Competition Entry Form” available thru their schools. Participating cities include Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans and Washington, D.C. For high school students living in other cities plus college students (anywhere), must submit their entries directly to Latino Art Beat (electronically) along with the “Art Competition Entry Form” available on the Latino Art Beat website. Latino Art Beat is also offering its “Youth Short Film Competition” for young filmmakers, under 21 years of age. Films must be 15 minutes or less with original score, made after January 1, 2014. Competition categories are: Narratives, PSA’s, Documentaries, Animation and for Latino students, “My Life”. All films must be submitted directly to Latino Art Beat. Format: DVD’s, filmmakers may also provide links to their entries via YouTube, Drop Box, Vimeo, etc. A “Film Competition Entry Form” must accompany all submissions. The deadline is May 25, 2015 for both the art and film competitions. Awards ceremonies recognizing the winners will be held during 2015 National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th). Watch your local media for announcements. Visit both the LATINO ART BEAT and SPORTAMY websites for updates.  

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