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Franck de Las Mercedes to be Honored at 5th Annual Hearing Our Voices Awards in NYC

Voices UnBroken Recognizes those who Make the World a Better Place

WHAT: On November 17, 2011, Voices UnBroken will host their 5th annual Hearing Our Voices Awards Reception in NYC. Established in 2007, the award recognizes people who use their voices to make the world a better place and work to make the community's voices heard. Among this year's honorees is internationally recognized artist Franck de Las Mercedes who will be honored for his work with The Priority Boxes Art Project.

The "Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that seeks to initiate dialogue on peace, challenge people to reconsider their ability to influence change and question the fragility, value and priority given to those concepts. Each box, sent by mail to anyone who requests one, is both a canvas for a unique abstract painting and a platform for communication through art. A mixture of art and activism, the boxes are sent free to convey that something of such priority as peace should not have a price and that art can be both inclusive and accessible to all. For more info on this artist:

This event will also feature live art by Marthalicia Matarrita, and performances by Def Jam poet (and Voices UnBroken Board Member), Caridad “La Bruja” De La Luz, and Hearing Our Voices Award Honoree, Maya Azucena.

WHO: Other honorees include, Grammy Award Winning Singer, Maya Azucena and Founder of the Bowery Poetry Club, Bob Holman.
WHEN: November 17, 2011 at 6pm - 10pm

WHERE: 28 on 27 Studio
28 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

For further information or to attend the Hearing our Voices Awards Reception, please contact Victoria Sammartino @ 646.391.3296 or

Voices UnBroken is a Bronx-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing under-heard members of the community, primarily youth ages 14-21, with the tools and opportunity for creative self-expression. Through writing-based creative arts workshops in group homes, residential treatment centers, jails, juvenile detention centers and various other transitional and alternative settings, Voices UnBroken nurtures the inherent need in all people to tell their stories and be heard. It is our belief that through this telling of stories and sharing of dreams individual and community growth becomes possible.