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Hands on Miami Honors MDC Art Professor as Artist of the Year 2008

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Hands on Miami, recently honored MDC Art Professor Nelson Santiago (fourth, center) during its annual volunteer appreciation reception held recently at the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach.

Miami, May 6, 2008 - One of this community’s most user-friendly service organizations, Hands on Miami, recently honored Miami Dade College Art Professor Nelson Santiago for his accomplishments in the arts and his commitment to several of the volunteer organization’s projects over the years. An arts instructor at MDC’s InterAmerican Campus since 1999, Santiago was given the Artist of the Year award during Hands on Miami’s annual volunteer appreciation reception held recently at the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach.

“It was a beautiful gesture and a pleasure for me to accept this award,” said Professor Santiago. 

Santiago is an accomplished artist whose work is currently on display in a variety of public places throughout the region. Some of his work was also featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art several years ago.

“Professor Santiago is a stellar teacher, artist, humanitarian, and is most deserving of this award and many others,” said Dr. Timothy McWhirter, chair of the communications, arts, and philosophy department at the InterAmerican Campus.

Hands On Miami was created in 1993 by people in search of a user-friendly approach to community service. The organization’s flexibly-scheduled volunteer projects make it easier for individuals with hectic or unpredictable schedules to contribute their time to a variety of local social service agencies.

For more information about MDC’s arts program, contact: Dr. Timothy McWhirter, 305-237--6049 or

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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