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Friends of the American Latino Museum Announce 2016 Design Contest Winner

WASHINGTON, DC - The Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), a 501(c)3 exclusively committed to advancing the creation of a national Smithsonian American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital, today announced that Adorable Monique of Naples, Fla., is the winner of FRIENDS' Fifth Annual Design Contest, as voted by the organization's supporters. The announcement took place on the date of the fifth anniversary of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission's report, To Illuminate the American Story for All. The report recommended creating a museum of Latino history and culture on the National Mall and its title was the theme of this year's design contest.

"Each year, we have been humbled by and grateful for the outstanding array of submissions our design contest receives. The contest is an annual reminder of the great need for a museum on our National Mall to showcase the contributions and heritage of Latinos in this country. Adorable Monique's design beautifully captures our theme of illuminating the story of all Americans and we are eager to begin displaying it as we continue to urge Congress to authorize the American Latino Museum," said Estuardo Rodriguez, executive director of FRIENDS.

Adorable Monique is an award-winning artist living in Naples, Fla. She was born in the United States and grew up in Honduras, and she credits her range of cultural experiences and heritage for her artistic vision.

The annual competition, presented through the generous support of Target, invites the organization's thousands of supporters to submit artwork that will be featured in its advocacy campaign. This year's winning design will be the centerpiece of the organization's digital campaign and posters of the design will be distributed nationwide. In addition, the winner will receive a $500 Target gift card.

"My inspiration for my design comes from the gaining of knowledge and perception of all situations in our changing world, raising the awareness of all circumstances that arise and that is inside each and every one of us. We are the authors of our present and future so we must write the story of development, inclusion, and liberty from all taboos and other issues that have restricted us from achieving all that we can achieve," said Adorable Monique about her winning design.

Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, Inc., a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Washington, D.C., strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life. (www.americanlatinomuseum.org)


Jonathan Kent