Since its foundation in 2008, Neu America has been firmly committed to raising awareness about the importance of the arts in the cultural and economic growth of our community. Neu America has showcased, in different local venues, some of the most talented local artists of the Orlando and Central Florida area,as well as the extraordinary work of renowned Cuban-American artist Noel. Our artists have been also featured in our magazine which has become not only a promotional platform, but also, an important educational tool for the community. The magazine offers interesting articles and reviews in a simple, yet well crafted language that speaks to all audiences.
Thanks to the unconditional support of the CityArts Factory, Neu America opened up its doors in 2009, and offered the Orlando communnity a series of monthly themed exhibitions that featured three-dimensional work such as sculpture,jewelry, glass, and ceramic,as well as bidimensional works such as photography,and mixed media, oil and acrylic paintings. The urban and architectural space attracted residents and visitors who had the opportunity to meet the artists, and learn more about the most recent artistic trends. Neu America hosted its openings during the first Thursday of every month, a tradition that has characterized the art circles of the Orlando downtown area for a long time.
After a successful year of continued work and collaboration with the CityArts Factory, Neu America united efforts with the City of Casselberry to continue with the promotion of the local arts. The historic center of Casselberry provides a well-known example of the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Orlando area, and has been regarded as an important epicenter for the promotion of the local talent. Under the sponsorship of Casselberry, Neu America hosted the First Annual Fine Art Festival in September 2011, a juried competition in which sixteen local artists presented the community and the judges and exceptional body of work. The festival featured fine art, music, hors d'oeuvres, wine and entertainment - provided by The Central Florida Ballet and Rio Jazz Band - to hundreds of residents and visitors that crowded the gallery that evening. The judges - Alice McLaughlin, Josh Garret, and Jeremey Huntington - awarded 3 prizes to the artworks that best represented the standards of fine art.The recipients of the first Neu America Art Festival 2011 were: First Prize: Venezuelan artist Wilson Romero, Second Prize: Peruvian artist Victor Quino and Third Prize to Puerto Rican artist Alexis Antuna.Honoray mention was awarded to American artist: Jacob Cordell.
Upon the conclusion of our first annual festival, Neu America has continued working towards the organization of different exhibitions to feature the leading trends of our local artists. This time we have partnered with Maitland Chamber of Commerce, under the sponsorship of Maria Alvarez-Simmons -Executive Director to offer our artists a new promotional venue, and a cultural experience to the local residents of the Orlando and Maitland areas. Starting January 2012, Neu America and the Maitland Chamber of Commerce will host our first exhibition: Nature that marks the beginning of a new tradition:an art walk the second Friday of every month that features a series of themed exhibitions that will continue through summer, and will end before our second fine art festival.We invite all members of our community, and especially our local artists, to support the local arts by attending and participating in our monthly exhibitions.