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American Latino Museum Supporters Select Francisco Romero 2015 Nationwide Contest Winner

Thousands of Votes Cast in Closest to Date, Steve Alfaro Awarded Honorable Mention

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), a 501(c)3 exclusively committed to advancing the creation of a national American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital, today announced that Francisco Romero is the winner of the organization's 2015 design contest. Following the closest vote in contest history, Steve Alfaro was awarded honorable mention.

The 2015 annual design contest is presented by Target and provides an opportunity for the FRIENDS' supporters to contribute their talents to this historic campaign. Once again, the design contest brought out thousands of supporters to vote for their favorite design among the six finalists at AmericanLatinoMuseum.org. In the end, Mexican American artist Francisco Romero’s design was favored by voters.

It was like an American Dream to be selected as a finalist and now as the winner of the contest. It makes me very proud and happy that many will be able to see my design. I am proud to have been able to develop myself as an artist in three different cities: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; El Paso, Tex.; and Las Cruces, N.M.. Thank you for your loyal support and the chance to contribute to the American Latino Museum," said Francisco Romero (design at left), winner of the 2015 design contest.

"As this year's submissions came in, we were blown away by the diversity and quality of the pieces. With six outstanding finalists, it is no surprise that voting was closer than ever. I am thrilled that we can recognize both Francisco and Steve. Their pieces perfectly capture the creativity and talent of Latino artists across the country, and they make us eager for the day when the full range of Latino history, culture and art will be on full display in our nation's capital, said Estuardo Rodriguez, executive director of the Friends of the American Latino Museum.

"One day we will get a museum for our community on the National Mall, it will be a place where we will talk about those Latinos who inspire us. In this piece I am organizing those future conversations in a visual way that represents where they will live one day which is on the National Mall in Washington D.C.," said Steve Alfaro of Washington, D.C. (design at right) of his piece. Alfaro’s design was awarded Honorable Mention of the 2015 design contest.

Francisco Romero's winning design will be featured as a centerpiece of the FRIENDS' 2015 advocacy campaign and he will also receive a $500 Target gift certificate.

Posters of Romero's design will make their debut on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Chicago, where the FRIENDS will host its third University Town Hall. The event will feature a who's who of local leaders and experts on Latino history, politics and the arts, and it will provide an opportunity for the FRIENDS to update and rally Chicago-area supporters on the campaign to build a Smithsonian American Latino Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.