Making Their Mark
Tennis Star Serves Up Opportunity
Venus Williams signs the design submitted by NWSA student Rebecca Flor.
In its 25-year history of excellence, Miami Dade College’s New World School of the Arts has garnered the support and admiration of many notable celebrities. The most recent infusion of star power to its cohort of supporters is tennis superstar and designer Venus Williams. Her EleVen by Venus Williams’ Empowering Artists Through the Arts Contest is not only benefiting the leading arts conservatory but also giving NWSA students a chance at the big time.
“This contest is my personal way of encouraging other artists to express themselves while providing support to those who nurture and develop the next generation of artists,” said Williams, who personally judged and selected all of the entries.
A designer of interiors and fashion in her own right, Williams singled out the designs of 11 South Florida college students as finalists for the chance to have their designs grace a T-shirt in her 2012 spring collection. Eight of the finalists were MDC students, of which six are enrolled at NWSA. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts is going to NWSA.
“We are delighted to add Venus Williams to our roster of supporters,” said Jeffrey Hodgson, interim provost at NWSA. “The EleVen by Venus Williams T-shirt contest highlights Venus’ passion for the arts – but most important, it demonstrates her commitment to our youth and to their development as artists.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with her on this initiative and to have been chosen as the recipients of her philanthropic efforts. The time she dedicated to each of our participating students was invaluable and her support priceless.”
In addition to getting the opportunity to meet Williams during a VIP reception at the Intercontinental Hotel, the finalists each won two tickets to see her play at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
For more information about the contest, visit http://elevenbyvenuscontest.com.