2011 Stylos Awards Winners

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Since they began in 2005, the Stylos Awards have recognized community members who reflect the accomplishments of the Latino community in Arizona. 

The event's a blend of music and fashion -- as local designers have a chance to show off new lines while bands and dance groups perform.

Awards presented by Isac Amaya Foundation were given to individuals and groups in the categories of: best local club, DJ, publication, local band, restaurant, radio personality, activista, organization, entrepreneur, personality, new media project, new idea, artist of the year, athlete of the year, and the Orgullo award. 

Gennaro Garcia and Joseph "Sentrock" Perez of the Rise Project took home Artist of the Year and Best New Idea, respectively. Garcia's known for his public art projects as well as his involvement with the local community, the Calle 16 mural project, and his artwork, which he recently showed at Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale. 

Perez heads up the Rise Project, which provides urban art and culture classes to Downtown youth. He opened a pop-up shop over the summer, and plans to continue his own artwork and collaborative projects with other local creatives.

Stylos' best club was downtown, DJ Musa won Best DJ, and Ritmo Latino, New Times, and Gallo Blanco took home awards in the band, publication, and restaurant categories. 

Local funny guys John Jay and Rich were awarded best radio personality, Citizens for a better AZ won best Organization, and local wrestler Anthony Robles, Gabriel Giffords' intern Daniel Hernandez, and activist Dulce Matuz were Stylos' Athlete of the Year, Personality, and Activista.  

DRM Capitol Media Group founder and DREAM ACT activist Celso Mireles won the Stylos Entrepreneur award and music blog Club Fonograma won the Best New Media Project. 

The Orgullo award was given to Phoenix Union High School District's 17th Superintendent, Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner. 

For more coverage on New Times' Stylos award, check back with Valley Fever.

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