American Patriotism Reflected in the Works of Young Artists

Art students show their American patriotism through thought-provoking paintings.
Art students show their American patriotism through thought-provoking paintings.

The winners of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards Contest were honored with an awards luncheon today at the Miami Beach VFW Post 3559.
34 high school students from the New World School of the Arts located in downtown Miami, ages 13 to 18, created patriotic works of art on different two-dimensional mediums. Located in downtown Miami, The New World School of the Arts is a tuition-free magnet arts school which pulls talented students from the Miami Dade County public schools.
According to art teacher Jenny Gifford, the students all came up with their own ideas and received no credit at all for entering the contest, which was sponsored by the VFW and judged by five local artists. “They really wanted to do it,” she said.
City of Miami Beach Commissioner John Elizabeth Aleman spoke to the students and veterans about her thoughts on patriotism. “Love of country should and must mean something,” she said. “As Americans, we enjoy freedom in a democracy that is unrivaled by any other the world over.”
Diago Leon, 16, of Miami won 3rd place. “I took a more artistic approach,” said Diago whose artwork represents his coming to this country as a Cuban immigrant in 2004. “The country I was born in was really strict. This country represents freedom. These rights felt natural until this contest forced me to show my gratitude to the USA.”

This painting won first prize in the
This painting won first prize in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards Contest, which was sponsored by the Miami Beach VFW Post 3559.

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