Columbia Heights art student featured in national magazine

Columbia Heights art student featured in national magazine
Posted on 10/27/2017

A Harlandale ISD student is gracing the pages of a distinguished national magazine.

Columbia Heights art student Abigail Granado appears in an article written about San Antonio’s Centro Cultural Aztlan recently published in the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) magazine.

The article, which highlights how the art gallery connects with the community by supporting local artists and students, features a photo of Abigail holding her certificate of completion of the 24th annual “Superhero Art Contest,” sponsored by Centro Cultural Aztlan.

“We are all proud of Abigail not just for participating in this meaningful art contest, but the fact that she was at the right place at the right time,” Columbia Heights Art Teacher Noe Garza said. “Being published in the NEA magazine is a once in a lifetime experience.”

The fifth grader was also honored by her school on Oct. 20 during an attendance assembly.

“This is what happens when we constantly showcase our students beyond our district,” Garza said. “It takes immense energy and commitment to do so, but we embrace it.”

Columbia Heights Elementary participated in the “Superhero Art Contest” in late April 2017.

“Abigail was one of the 75 entries from our school alone. We had the most entries of any school, any division,” Garza added.

The annual “Superhero” exhibition is designed for students from kindergarten to 12th grade to create artwork that is based on real-life heroes, comic book art, anime, mythological figures or a positive role model they know and admire.

“This project is important for our students as it allows them to create art based on positive role models in their lives such as their mom, dad or someone like Cesar Chavez or Selena,” Garza explained.

Abigail’s artwork, which was a portrait of herself as a superhero with powers to save people, was displayed in the art gallery for a month.
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