Jarritos Mexican Soda announced the five grand prize winners each to receive $10,000, and an additional top 25 finalists to each receive $1,000 for their participation in the JarriTODOS Artist Grant Contest.
The contest challenged competitors to showcase their art and creative work in visual art, dance, fashion, food, and music for the chance to win a grant to help them pursue their artistic goals.
“I’m absolutely blown away by all of the talent and effort placed into these innovative food concepts and the finalists’ passion for cooking,” said celebrity chef and Jarritos Food Judge Pati Jinich. “It’s inspiring to see the next generation of chefs, bakers, and food enthusiasts come from diverse backgrounds and experiences.”
A panel of arts and entertainment professionals selected a top-scoring winner and five semifinalists per category. Judges included Courtney Plummer, Contemporary Art Dealer, Karla Martinez de Salas, editor of Vogue Mexico/Latin America, JoJo Gomez, professional dancer/choreographer, Pati Jinich, celebrity chef and host of La Frontera, and Javier Farfan, music, entertainment, and cultural marketing consultant.
“The JarriTODOS Artist Grant Contest was created to help amplify the artists and creatives whose work impacts our communities on a daily basis,” said Eric Delamare, marketing director for Jarritos. “We are honored to be a small part of supporting diverse artists who don’t always have access, networks, or funding to pursue their dreams and ambitions.”
ART: Calvin Clausell from Los Angeles, California
DANCE: Lenai A Wilkerson from Cincinnati, Ohio
FASHION: Nicole Bisono from New York City, New York
FOOD: Mason Sanchez & Raffi Frensley from Bowling Green, Kentucky
MUSIC: Andres Mejia from Baltimore, Maryland
The top 25 JarriTODOS finalists to receive $1,000 artist grants are as follows:
- Keturah Benson from Atlanta, Georgia
- Eustace Mamba from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Ruben Esquivel II from Austin, Texas
- Christian Pardo Cardenas & Raul Cardenas from El Paso, Texas
- Larissa Akhmetova from Denver, Colorado
- Rob Rich from Panorama City, California
- Julian Ray Carmolinga from Berwyn Illinois
- Derek Sisouphone from Los Angeles, California
- Thom Kitt from Burbank, California
- Naomi Rivera from Bakersfield, California
- Anabella Bergero from Miami, Florida
- Fanny Mena from Los Angeles, California
- Derrick C Perkins II from Dallas, Texas
- Adan Avila from Houston, Texas
- Nico Perez from Austin, Texas
- Gina Lawrence Grandjean from Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Juan J. Sanjuan III from Huntington Park, California
- Pablo Rodriguez from Crafton Hills, California
- Johnny Chanthavong from Boston, Massachusetts
- Tessa Flack from Los Angeles, California
- David Elias Delgado from El Paso, Texas
- Beatrice Roberts and Jared Burkhalter from Deland, Florida
- Isai Morales from Dayton, Ohio
- Bran Movay from Dallas, Texas
- Jonathan Romo from El Paso, Texas
From July 11 – August 10, the JarriTODOS Artist Grant Contest opened for video submissions from artists and creatives across the U.S. who were interested in showcasing their artistic talents for the chance to move forward in the contest.
Eligible entries advanced to fan voting from August 12 – August 20. Due to irregularities and potential fraudulent activity in the fan voting process, all eligible submissions moved forward for an internal process review in which the top 25 submissions per each visual art, dance, fashion, food, and music category were moved forward in judge deliberation from August 23 – September 2.
Created in 1950, Jarritos are fruit-flavored sodas from Mexico. Sold in iconic glass bottles throughout the U.S., the brand offers 13 unique flavors, all made with natural flavors and real sugar. Jarritos is now distributed in 41 countries around the world.