‘Creative Visions’ gives District 11 student art county-wide audience

Miami-Dade County Commission chair Joe A. Martinez stands with students Tiffany Portacio (left) and Stephanie Dosramos from G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, who took part in the creation of the sculpture The Milkweed Monarch Conundrum.

Miami-Dade County Commission chair Joe A. Martinez kicked off the Ninth Annual “Creative Visions” student art exhibition at FIU’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum on May 9, along with students from schools all across his district.

The exhibition, featuring artwork collected from the elementary, middle and high schools in Commission District 11, was designed to encourage fledgling young artists and support the visual arts in public schools. Representing the performing arts at this year’s grand opening ceremony was the John A. Ferguson Senior High School chorus and jazz band.

Creative Visions has grown astronomically in its nine years, now displaying hundreds of students’ artworks and receiving accolades for its innovation. Five years ago, Creative Visions began accepting video media submissions, known as “11-Tube.” The “11-Tube” program, in which three district high schools participate in a creative video competition, won the 2008 Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties (NACo). This year’s “11-Tube” winners were students from Felix Varela Senior High School.

New this year was the addition of the “People’s Choice Award.” Gallery submissions were uploaded on Facebook and the District 11 Creative Visions website. The public was able to vote for its favorite piece of art for one week. The winner was 12th grader Carolina DoCarmo of G. Holmes Braddock Senior High, who won a Miami-Dade certificate, a trophy, and an iPad (courtesy of PL Prologis).

“Every year I look forward to coming in and seeing what new talents and returning artist have come up with,” Martinez said. “My thanks go to all of our partners for giving these students a place to express themselves and to all teachers and parents for nurturing and developing these students’ talents.”

“Creative Visions 2012” is the result of a unique partnership among Martinez’s office, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. A panel of judges selected the winners in various categories and awarded them with scholarships, art supplies, and other prizes at the event.

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