The national artists’ advocacy organization United States Artists (USA) will announce the recipients of fifty, $50,000 USA Fellowship grants for artistic excellence tonight, including seven pioneering Latino artists. They are:
- Natalia Almada, documentary filmmaker (San Antonio, TX, USA Ford Fellow)
- Almudena Carracedo, documentary filmmaker (Brooklyn, NY, USA Prudential Fellow)
- Teddy Cruz, architect and founder of estudio teddy cruz (San Diego, CA, USA Ford Fellow)
- Martin Espada, poet (Amherst, MA, USA Simon Fellow)
- Miguel Gutierrez, dancer and choreographer (Brooklyn, NY, USA Prudential Fellow)
- Quiara Alegria Hudes, playwright (New York, NY, USA Fontanals Fellow)
- Awilda Sterling-Duprey, dancer and choreographer (San Juan, PR, USA Rolon Fellow)
This news, detailed below, is embargoed until 6PM EST (3PM PST). These artists will be honored in a celebration and performance tonight in New York alongside other winners in the visual, performing, and literary arts. The event will stream LIVE at www.unitedstatesartists.org at 8 pm EST.
In tandem with the Fellows announcement, USA today unveiled USA Projects, a new social network and microphilanthropy site where people can connect with and support great artists and their next creative breakthroughs. A media briefing will stream live on the site at 6 pm EST.