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FSHISD Artist of Tomorrow Wins MLK Contest

FSHISD young artist Alexa with her MLK artwork

Fort Sam Houston ISD‘s Alexa Villanueva is a winner once again for her artwork, “My Today, Our Tomorrow.” She submitted this work to the MLK Jr. Student Art Contest at the Carver Community Cultural Center. This is the ninth year for the annual contest which encourages youths to create original artwork. The contest is put on by the City of San Antonio’s MLK Commission, Department of Arts & Culture, and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Department who continue to support young artists. This year’s theme was “Yesterday’s Dream, Today’s Vision, Tomorrow’s Reality.”

Speaker presenting artwork
Group picture at MLK art contest

Alexa became inspired after the contest was mentioned in one of her classes. She wanted to focus her art on her generation and their future. Part of her focus included an effort to represent people of all walks of life, which is what captivated the judges. They called her piece a great representation of the theme, as it allows the city and adults to empower young people. Additionally, Alexa’s piece will be used on official promotional items for the march. Alexa will also receive public recognition as the creator of the 2024 commemoration artwork.

My Today, Our Tomorrow

Notably, this is not Go Public’s first run in with the young artist. Villanueva was the first-place recipient of the Go Public Student Art Spotlight in 2023. We announced 15 winners out of the 290 entries submitted and her artwork entitled, “Cole Students,” took home first place! She also won a $250 scholarship that paired well with a public display of her art: on a moving, VIA city bus. Congratulations once again, Alexa!

Source: FSHISD Facebook

Blog by: Michelle Martinez, Intern, UT Austin

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