Carlos D. Malamud, a native of Mexico City and former resident of San Diego, California, moved to Miami in the summer of 2014.
In the spring of 2015, he went to a lecture given by Mr. Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Superintendent of Schools.
Carlos was very inspired by Mr. Carvalho, so he asked him how could he help.
In the School District, he met Ms. Mabel Morales, District Supervisor for Visual Arts/Dance of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Ms. Morales introduced him to Ms. Marilyn Traeger and Mrs. Marlene Kohn, both of whom are retired Visual Arts teachers. Ms. Traeger was instrumental in helping Carlos develop the Miami Prize®, and Mrs. Kohn provided support.
The Miami Prize® consists of two phases:
A Senior student applies and submits what he considers to be his or her best visual art work. All submissions will be judged in the first quarter of every year commencing with 2016, by three independent judges, who are authorities in the field of art.
The winner receives $3,000.00USD, as a reward for his or her project, but this prize more importantly is for the student to learn how to manage money at an early age.
This phase will be another competition. Currently, this is in the planning stage.