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Culturingua Partners with Northside ISD and City of San Antonio for a 2020 Census Art Contest to Raise Awareness of the Census

Published on Friday, September 25, 2020

Culturingua Partners with Northside ISD and City of San Antonio for a 2020 Census Art Contest to Raise Awareness of the Census

CONTACT: Nadia McVaris, 972-832-2986
Tracy Talavera, 210-207-4457


SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 25, 2020) – The Culturingua’s 2020 Census Art Contest received 44 submissions from students in Pre-K to Grade 8.  Local nonprofit organization Culturingua partnered with Northside Independent School District and the City of San Antonio Immigration Liaison to raise awareness about the importance of completing the 2020 census particularly among immigrants from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, many of whom live in the Medical Center area and whose children attend Northside ISD schools.

Culturingua will host an exhibit where the submissions will be judged. The submissions are to be displayed at Ali Baba International Market on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. The judges of the contest are: Teri Yasger, Supervisor of Visual Art in Northside ISD Fine Arts Department; Tino Gallegos, City of San Antonio Immigration Liaison; Andy Benavides, professional contemporary artist; and Turajii Shakoor-Bey, owner of the local cultural and ethnic shop The Sunnah the Better Islamic Gift Shop.

During the exhibit, participants will be encouraged to complete their census. Participants will also have the opportunity to receive gift cards and coloring pages based on the design of contemporary artist Andy Benavides’ winning artwork “Come Together,” which won San Francisco-based Art+Action’s professional 2020 Census billboard art competition.

“Culturingua’s 2020 Census Art Contest not only allows students to express the importance of the census to themselves personally but also allows them to express their own cultures and show how the interweaving of those cultures contributes to America’s rich diversity,” stated Nadia Mavrakis, Culturingua Chief Executive Officer.

Following the exhibit, the artwork will be displayed in the children’s section of the the Igo Branch Library at 13330 Kyle Seale Parkway from Oct. 23 through Nov. 25. The artwork can be viewed through the windows facing the outdoor corridor leading to the library’s entrance, allowing participants to view the exhibit while practicing safe physical distance from others.

The census can be completed online at or by calling 1.844.330.2020.

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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

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