HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2016 AWARDEES

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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2016 AWARDEES

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ARTS

 

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Pedro Bermudez Hartford – Puerto Rico

Pedro is co-founder of Revisionist, a film and music video production company. He founded Revisionist in Los Angeles with fellow American Film Institute alumni. The group got its start producing a piece in Nepal for BuildOn, a charitable organiza-tion that builds schools around the world for the impoverished. Before venturing out west, Bermudez spent several years working at ESPN, where he produced digital media content. He continued his education at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and was the recipient of the Petrie Award for Excellence and the Board of Trustees Scholarship. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Cinema at the University of Hartford.


 

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Andres Chaparro Hartford – Puerto Rico

Andres Chaparro is a mixed media artist born and raised in Hartford, CT.  His jazz inspired socially conscious artwork is being recognized nationally and internationally.  Most recently Andres has been invited to exhibit in a gallery in Germany, he also been recognized by CROOKS Publishing in Australia as one of the notable international artist and he will be featured in “The Cutting Edge” Volume 1 art book which will celebrate top contemporary collage artist from around the globe. His mix media paintings incorporate collage, oil sticks, marker, crayon, pencil, acrylic, spray paint and found objects.  Chaparro continues to refine his own visual vocabulary through his focus on the intersection between art, & music.  Andres has dedicated the greater part of the past 10 years to art advocacy in the Capitol City.  His efforts have contributed to many sustainable small businesses, inspired other artist, and provided guidance to young emerging artists.  He has curated over 50 exhibits, has exhibited over 10 times in the Greater Hartford area, has served on the Commission on Cultural Affairs, and continues to be a voice for Hartford based artist in all his endeavors.


 

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Carlos Hernandez Chavez México

Born 1943 in León, Guanajuato, the image maker, activist, educator, humanist attended the prestigious Academia de San Carlos, and the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) school of painting and sculpture, in Mexico City.  After receiving his highly disciplined arts training, Chávez’ quest for creative and personal exploration brought him to Connecticut and is believed to be the first Mexican to settle in Hartford. Soon after his arrival, he became active in the arts scene, exhibit-ing his work, performing, and has been a tireless advocate for artists’ and human rights. A muralist and a visual artist of international acclaim, his paintings and murals are on permanent display at cultural, educational and social institutions and in private collections in his native Mexico, the United States, Greece, Puerto Rico, Canada and the United Kingdom. In addition to being a respected visual artist, Chávez is also an accomplished musician and photographer. He has been a resident of Hartford, Connecticut since 1967.


 

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Cindy Martinez Hartford – Puerto Rico

A native of Hartford, she grew up in the North end and was raised by her parents who moved from Puerto Rico in the late 60s’.  Her love for the stage began when she trained in Theatre at Center for Creative Youth (Wesleyan University) in Middletown, CT. Soon after she attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Her first acting job was as co-host to a documentary film ‘Women In Charge’ alongside Adrianne Baughns-Wallace. This experience inspired her to pursue training in video production and in 2002, she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications at Southern CT State University. Cindy has been a member of the HartBeat Ensemble for all of its 15 years, acting in six of its nine original main stage plays, winning Best Ensemble Award at the NYC Fringe Festival for her performance in ‘Flipside in 2012.’ She also has appeared in commercials, trained with Shakespeare & Co. in Berkshire, MA, and won a 1st place dramatic monologue prize from the International Model & Talent Association in Los Angeles. In 2015, she signed a contract for a co-star role in an episode of Orange is the New Black, a popular series on Netflix.


 

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Balam Soto Guatemala

public artworks and video.  Balam works independently on the artistic and technical sides of his pieces.  An award winning, internationally acclaimed new media artist, Balam has exhibited in fine art venues worldwide. Venues include the AluCine Latin Media Festival in Toronto, Canada;  World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science Museum in Queens, NY; El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan, NY; Gallery of Oi Futuro in Brazil; Queens Museum of Art in Queens, NY; Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art in Scranton, PA; the Centre Cultural in Brussels, Belgium; the National Library of Cameroon in West Africa; and the Art and Technology Corridor at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA  among numerous others.  Balam has received four Editor’s Choice awards from the World Maker Faire held at the New York Hall of Science Museum in 2010, 2012 and 2014.  In November 2009, he was awarded the Latino de Oro [Golden Latino] Award for Arts & Culture in Connecticut; In April 2008, Balam was honored with a Diploma of Recognition as a “Maestro” a Master of Visual Arts, by the National Congress of Guatemala for “being a valuable and outstanding artist with international success.”


 

BUSINESS

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Maria Lino Bolivia “The Latino Way”

The Latino Way is a Hispanic Marketing Agency based in Hartford, with a wide array of marketing services. The work of its founders, Maria Lino and Carlos Masias, have been a pillar stone in the Hispanic Communications Fields and Journalism for Connecticut. The Latino Way brings clients to explore and understand the unstoppable growth of the Latino Market, always creating campaign messages that resonate with La Cultura and the Latino experience of life in USA. The Latino Way works with clients like Commission on Equity and Opportunity, CT Department of Public Health, CT Department of Children and Families, Connecticut Innovations, CREC Schools, Dressler Law and CT Lottery, among others.


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Victor Luna HartfordPuerto Rico “Latino Fest”

Hartford Latino Fest’s mission is to provide the community with an opportunity to experience traditional and contemporary Latin American culture through the presentation of the performing artist’s, dance, music, culture, art, authentic cuisine, local businesses, networking and service providers. We look forward to expanding our outreach efforts outside of Hartford to attract audiences from all over the state of Ct and the surrounding states.


COMMUNITY

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Jose Camacho HartfordPuerto Rico

Jose has been involved in the community for 15 years throwing various events such as the Annual International Trinity Hip Hop Festival, Community events and Bboy (Breakdance) battles. Jose and his organization, Underground Coalition, have also been doing Community murals around Hartford, like the one behind Good Year tires on Market St. and the Black Madonna on Barbour St. He is a founding member of Heaven Skate park in downtown Hartford and teaches youth Hip Hop literacy around different schools. Currently, he’s working to opening an Innovation Center Called LXY (League of Xtraordi-nary Youth) Innovation Center alongside some great community leaders.


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Miguel Maldonado Puerto Rico

Officer Maldonado is a thirteen-year veteran of the Hartford Police Department. He has served in the Frog Hollow section of the city twelve out of the thirteen years of service, first as a patrol officer on the beat and the past seven years as Community Service Officer. He has worked closely with organizations such as, Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA), South Institute Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), Charter Oak Cultural Center, Frog Hollow Neighborhood Revitalization Zone NRZ), Maria Sanchez Elementary School and Burns Latino Studies, as well as Faith Based Organizations to improve the quality life within the city’s south end neighborhoods.


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Hiram Otero Puerto Rico

Officer Otero is a thirteen-year veteran of the Hartford Police Department. He has served in the City of Hartford as Communi-ty Service Officer for the last 2 years. 5 out of the thirteen years of service, first as a patrol officer and 3 years as a School Resource Officer assigned to The Learning Corridor. He has worked closely with organizations such as, MARG, Behind the Rocks NRZ, Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA), South Institute Neighborhood Alliance (SINA), Charter Oak Cultural Center, as well as Faith Based Organizations to improve the quality life within the city’s south end neighborhoods.


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Gamaliel Perez Hartford – México – Puerto Rico

Born and raised in the city of Hartford, Officer Perez has been assigned to the South End PSA for the last 15 years out of his 16 years of service. Perez was in a proactive unit for 5 years which includes gun taskforces, gang taskforces, narcotic taskforces, and most recently he has been a Community Service Office for 9 years in the South Green and Frog Hollow neighborhoods. Officer Perez has been involved with several community organizations working hand and hand with them to make an impact in the community and being a role model to Hartford’s youth.


EDUCATION

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Shakira Aida Ramos

Shakira graduated from Miss Porter’s School in 1998, Trinity College with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering in 2002 and University of Hartford with a Masters in Business Administration in 2013. Ramos joined Pratt & Whitney in 2002 as an Aero/thermal engineer. In 2014 she joined the Fleet Management Team as a Fleet Manager overseeing aftermarket contracts Pratt and Whitney have with airlines in the Asia Pacific region. Recently she was promoted to Deputy Regional Fleet Manager. She has received numerous awards including Promesa Youth Award in 2002, UTC Volunteer of the Year in 2006 and Professional Role Model Award 2007 for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Shakira served as the President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineer-Con-necticut Professional chapter for 3 years and currently serves as the treasurer. Shakira also served as the President for Pratt and Whitney’s Hispanic Leadership Forum for 2 years; on the Board of Directors for the CT academy of Education in Mathematics, Science & Technology, Inc. and ASPIRA of Connecticut. She also served on the Board of Trustees at Trinity College until May 2010. She is active on the Alumnae Board for Miss Porter’s School and volunteers with CPEP.


HEALTH

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Raul Pino Cuba

In December 2015, Dr. Raul Pino was appointed Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. He brings considerable public health, administrative, and community health expertise acquired over nearly two decades of experience in state, municipal and community public health agencies. Prior to his appointment as DPH Deputy Commissioner in June 2015, Dr. Pino served the City of Hartford as Director and Assistant Director of the city’s Department of Health & Human Services. In these positions, he managed the department’s budget and oversaw labor relations, public health preparedness, code enforcement and the department’s management team. Previously he was an epidemiologist for DPH’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Control Program, and worked at the Institute for Community Research, Hispanic Health Council and Hartford Hospital. He is a member of the American Public Health Association and National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. Dr. Pino graduated from the University of Havana with a Doctorate in Medicine and the UCONN School of Medicine with Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.


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Leslie Sofia Prado Perú

Leslie is dedicated to advocating for high quality care for all patients, and wants to engage the community that raised her in joining this work. She understands the correlation between social determinants of health and health outcomes and believes that multilateral collaborations in and outside local communities are needed to address the complexity of health inequities. Ms. Prado is a recent 2016 graduate with a dual Master in Physician Assistant and Public Health from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science. She earned her bachelors in government and international relations from Wesleyan University and a CT Health Leader-ship Fellow in 2012 while working full time as an Emergency Medical Technician with Aetna Ambulance. She was also a Public Policy Fellow for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, DC and worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she contributed to the latest strategic plans in health equity. Ms. Prado migrated from Peru with her family at the age of 7 and was raised in Hartford.  She will be working with Children’s National Medical Center in the Department of Otolaryngology (ENT), where she will provide preventative and specialized health services, assist in surgery, and contribute to research.


SPORTS

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Minnie Gonzalez Little League

The Minnie González Little League, Inc., of Hartford, CT is a not-for-profit organization (501c3 IRS certified) consisting of baseball players from 5 to 18 years of age. The Board of Directors and coaches of the MGLL are volunteers. MGLL provides Hartford’s youth the opportunity to play organized baseball with the objective of providing all participants with a positive environment during the summer. During this period the managers and coaches teach all participants the principles of sportsmanship and good citizenship. MGLL serves over 250+ youth in the league. The MGLL is a summer baseball youth program. The regular season starts after the Hartford school year ends and the MGLL regular season ends in August before the Hartford Schools begin the school year.  In addition, MGLL has two fall league traveling team that participate in baseball tournaments in different cities and towns in the State of Connecticut.


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Los Amigos Softball League

Los Amigos Softball League was founded in 2009 with six teams in a one day tournament. Due to the success of that particular day, immediately was created a tournament with 12 teams and now has 20 teams competing from April to October, the majority of players are Puerto Rican and Dominican. The League organizes different activities like Colt Park cleanup day and Roberto Clemente day, when all players wear number 21 and Clemente’s last name. The League plays every Sunday at Colt Park.

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