For Latinitas, Picutres Worth More than Words
In 5th Year, "Fotos de mi Alma" Has Grown to Attract International Photography Talent
Austin, TX – June 9, 2011 -- Five years ago, Latinitas was serving over 1,200 girls a year with no office, two part-time salaries and an army of Latina volunteers as well as members of the Austin community who were determined to see the next generation of Hispanic youth thrive.
Now serving over 5,000 a year in Central and West Texas, Latinitas’ signature fundraiser has matured as much as the nonprofit organization.
“That first ‘Fotos de mi Alma’ photography auction had over 100 photos donated by girls in our programs, college students – essentially anyone with a point and shoot.” said Latinitas founder Laura Donnelly Gonzalez. “This year, Unicef’s photographer of the year, Ed Kashi, will be featured alongside international documentarians, University photo chairs and other notables. These are a sampling of the talent donating their works to our annual fundraiser.”
The “Fotos de mi Alma” photography auction and exhibit takes place June 9th from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.). Photographs are coming to Austin from as nearby as San Antonio and as far as Mexico City and Tehran, Iran. Guest chairing the event is actor Benito Martinez of “24” and “The Shield” fame. Martinez, a father of two “Latinitas” has lectured on the college circuit about images of Latinos in film.
Established in 2002, Latinitas (www.latinitasmagazine.org) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to empower young Latinas through media and technology. Latinitas has been a vital part of young Latinas’ lives through after-school programs, teen internships, Saturday and summer camps, special events, and the very first online e-zine for young Latinas—www.latinitasmagazine.org.
Tickets cost $15/$20 at the door. Food and drinks are being sponsored by Takoba restaurant and Tito’s Vodka.
To date Latinitas has:
· 30,000 readers per month accessing www.latinitasmagazine.org
· Served 20,000 elementary, middle and high school Latinas with after school enrichment programs
· Provided over 19,000 hours of free digital media production and literacy lessons
· Published over 1500 empowering articles for and by Hispanic girls and teens
· Developed Spring & Summer camps
· Incorporated mentors, interns and community partners to enrich the program and provide positive role models for the girls.
· Expanded the program to ten cities; new office opened in El Paso
· Developed a Teen Reporter-in-Training program for high school students
For an interview with Latinitas Founder Laura Donnelly or to interview a photographer or celebrity chair Benito Martinez of “The Shield” and “24” fame, contact Latinitas at 512.447.4440 x137.