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Wesleyan Awards Hamilton Prize for Creativity to Incoming First-Year Student

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An all-star committee of Wesleyan University alumni, chaired by Hamilton writer/creator and former star Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02, Hon. ‘15 and director Thomas Kail ’99, has selected the recipient of the inaugural Wesleyan University Hamilton Prize for Creativity: Audrey Pratt of Needham, Mass. Pratt’s submission, a short piece of fiction titled, “Thorns, Black and White,” was selected from among more than 600 entries.

Pratt will receive a four-year full-tuition scholarship to Wesleyan, worth as much as $200,000.

“The selection committee was blown away by the range and quality of the submissions we reviewed,” Miranda said. “Audrey’s story stood out as exceptional, but all of the finalists’ work displayed great originality ...

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102 Latin American Artworks, And A New Institute, Will Go To MoMA

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Waldemar Cordeiro’s “Visible Idea” (1956), one of the pieces from the collection of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Credit via Museum of Modern Art


Before Lygia Clark was getting major museum retrospectives; before Adriana Varejão was represented by leading galleries; before Beatriz Milhazes was achieving high prices at auction, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros was collecting Latin American art, filling the walls of her home with Modernist abstraction and contemporary works by artists from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Uruguay.

Over the last 16 years, Ms. Cisneros and her husband, Gustavo A. Cisneros, have donated 40 of these pieces to the Museum of Modern Art, where she has served on the board since ...

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Mexican Artist Is Challenging Sexuality And Gender Norms With Bold Illustrations

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Jovan Israel, a 25-year-old Mexican artist, is making it his mission to create artwork that represents the experiences of the LGBTQ community in Mexico.

The Mexican government is trying to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, and lawmakers have recently passed a series of anti-discrimination laws to protect gay rights. But members of the LGBTQ community still face several challenges within the devoutly Catholic, macho culture. Rates of transphobic violence in the country are among the world’s highest — a report this year estimated that a total of 120 transphobic murders took place in the country between 2008 and 2013.

Besides physical violence, Israel picked


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