Wearing a coral cowboy hat and pearls, Rep. Frederica Wilson walked into the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Education Room and was astounded by the works of art hanging on the wall.
The artwork –– 139 pieces in total, the medium ranging from oils to photography–– delved into both the abstract and realism, with each piece giving a glimpse into the teenage minds that produced them.
“No one would believe that this is the work of teenage children,” said Wilson, who was the former principal at Skyway Elementary School in Miami Gardens before her career in government. “They would think that this is the work of a renowned artist in Paris, France!”
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide visual art competition to recognize teenagers from each congressional district. Wilson, a Democrat from Miami Gardens,