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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > October 2010 > Mayor Brown Unveils Mural In Lasalle Park

Mayor Brown Unveils Mural In Lasalle Park

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Hispanic Heritage is Celebrated through El Orgullo De Nuestra Herencia Contest

Mayor Byron W. Brown unveiled the final result of the El Orgullo De Nuestra Herencia Mural Contest, brought to the City of Buffalo by Verizon Wireless. The contest coincided with the finale of 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month. Buffalo was one of five cities in the United States to be selected to receive a mural from Verizon Wireless.

“This mural is part of a citywide arts initiative,” said Mayor Brown. “I am proud of all the work done by the applicants to create artwork that represents Hispanic Heritage. Hispanics are an important component of Buffalo’s population, and I appreciate their contributions to our community, especially in the arts.”

Verizon Wireless hosted this contest nationwide, calling on artists to submit designs for murals to celebrate Hispanic Heritage as part of 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month. The contest ran from August 16, 2010–October 3, 2010.  Seven winners were awarded. The painting took place October 4, 2010–October 15, 2010.

The mural represents the vibrancy and richness of Latino culture and coincides with the theme “The Pride of Our Heritage.” The Buffalo community voted on their favorite design, and Verizon Wireless covered the costs for the entire project.

Winners of the contest receive the transformation of their design into a mural, a $500 gift certificate to an arts supply store, feature in a national arts magazine, a Samsung Smartphone and the opportunity to sign autographs at Verizon Wireless retail locations.