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Campaign for Latino Museum Launches 6th Annual Design Contest

In the contest sponsored by Target, artists from Wisconsin and Utah are invited to submit work celebrating the Latino community

(Washington, DC) Today, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS) launches its 6th annual design contest. Sponsored by the generous support of Target, the contest will showcase the work of Latino artists celebrating the diversity and richness of American Latino life. This year for the first time, the contest will be open only to artists in Wisconsin and Utah to highlight the often overlooked contributions of Latinos in those states.

FRIENDS is a 501(c)3 committed to advancing the creation of a national Smithsonian American Latino Museum in Washington, DC, on the national mall. American Latinos are the only group not represented among our country’s federal monuments; and with the community now comprising one-sixth of the U.S. population, it means the story told in our nation’s museums is woefully incomplete.

"When we first held the campaign design contest, we had no idea it would become such an exciting annual tradition for the Friends of the American Latino Museum,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, executive director of FRIENDS. “The quality of the entries we receive, which has grown year by year, is a testament to the extraordinary talent of our community and our supporters. And it is a reminder of the great need to showcase the heritage and contributions of Latinos to American society in a Smithsonian museum on our National Mall. We can’t wait to see the talent from Wisconsin and Utah this year."

Submissions are due by April 30, and can be entered here. Winners will receive $250 Target gift card, year-long national visibility, and a celebration in their honor.

2016 Design Contest winner: Adorable Monique of Naples, FL

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The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino 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. http://americanlatinomuseum.org/