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SunChips® Showcases Artwork from Underrepresented Artists in “Art Seen” Honors



The brand will display art on SunChips bags in stores this month and champion artists through a $100,000 donation and partnership with nonprofit arts organization YoungArts

PLANO, Texas /PRNewswire/ — SunChips celebrates individuality and believes different perspectives fuel a one-of-a-kind world. As part of that mission, its “Art Seen” program has put a spotlight on originality among artists to help more art be seen. Today, the brand has unveiled the “Art Seen” 2023 winning artists and their original artwork which will take over millions of SunChips bags at retailers across the country.

The SunChips “Art Seen” 2023 winning artists include Darnell “Solo” Kirkwood, Maruja Panti and Megan Lewis. Their artwork will be featured on millions of SunChips bags across the country as well as local mural installations in the artists’ hometowns and on SunChips social media channels.

“Since 2021, the SunChips ‘Art Seen’ program has shined a light on artists whose diverse viewpoints make the world a brighter place,” said Rhasheda Boyd, vice president of marketing at Frito-Lay. “With less than 15% of art in permanent collections in the U.S. created by women and people of color, SunChips was inspired to drive a greater impact in the art community. Featuring these artists’ work on our packaging in retailers nationwide allows us to do our part to offer more exposure for these talented individuals in unexpected ways.”

The work of three selected artists will be featured on millions of SunChips bags across the country as well as local mural installations in the artists’ hometowns and on SunChips social media channels.

These artists include:

  • Maruja Panti, Catanduanes, Philippines: Maruja is a self-made artist. She believes, “No one colors the world and reflects the light exactly the way you can,” and that her art goes beyond its form. Her work explores topics of feminism, beauty and contemporary struggles of peoples, especially women, today. Her commissioned artwork for the SunChips Original flavor tells a story of embracing individuality by following your passions.
  • Darnell “Solo” Kirkwood, Los Angeles, California: Darnell believes art has empowered his appreciation to creatively shift narratives, allowing him to be more present and one with the universe. The energy of each piece, including his commissioned artwork for the SunChips Garden Salsa flavor, derives from and is dedicated to the journeys traveled through the perseverance of both dreamers and visionaries – against all odds.
  • Megan Lewis, Baltimore, Maryland: Megan’s work allows her to communicate meaningfully and think outside the intellectual and artistic “holding” patterns. Her paintings depict Black men and women usually existing in a resting position, focusing on their facial features and accented by swings of color and thick paint strokes. Her commissioned artwork for the SunChips Harvest Cheddar flavor celebrates a season of harvest with vibrant plants and colors.

To further champion the next generation of emerging artists, SunChips is donating $100,000 to YoungArts, an organization that identifies exceptional young artists, amplifies their potential and invests in their lifelong creative freedom. The donation will fund artistic needs such as studio space and art supplies, as well as professional development, impacting more than 30 artists.

“At YoungArts, we value the creative expression that comes from a multitude of lived experiences,” said Angela Goding, senior director, strategic partnerships at YoungArts. “We’re grateful to join SunChips in celebrating how artists connect us through their uniquely personal work.”

Fans can also get involved in the support of underrepresented artists through an interactive branded lens experience on SnapChat that will feature the work of artist Glenn Espinosa from YoungArts. To access the interactive lens and amplify the work, fans can scan the code on the back of specially-marked “Art Seen” SunChips packaging, snap and share with their friends. Fans can also access the interactive lens on www.SunChipsArtSeen.com or by exploring the SnapChat app.

SunChips will donate an additional $1 to YoungArts for each Snap shared between 10/9/23 and 11/5/23, up to $40,000. To learn more about the program, head to www.SunChipsArtSeen.com.

About Frito-Lay North America
Frito-Lay North America is the $23 billion convenient foods division of PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Frito-Lay snacks include Lay’s and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips and branded dips, Cheetos snacks, Stacy’s pita chips, PopCorners popped-corn snacks, SunChips multigrain snacks and Fritos corn chips. The company operates 30+ manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and Canada, more than 200 distribution centers and services 315,000 retail customers per week through its direct-store-delivery model. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate website, www.fritolay.com, on Twitter (@fritolay), on Instagram (@fritolay) and on Facebook (Frito-Lay).

About PepsiCo 
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $86 billion in net revenue in 2022, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that includes Lay’s®, Doritos®, Cheetos®, Gatorade®, Pepsi-Cola®, Mountain Dew®, Quaker®, and SodaStream®. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales. 

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Beverages and Convenient Foods by Winning with pep+ (PepsiCo Positive). pep+ is our strategic end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability and human capital at the center of how we will create value and growth by operating within planetary boundaries and inspiring positive change for planet and people. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com, and follow on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn @PepsiCo.   

About YoungArts
Established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison, YoungArts identifies exceptional young artists, amplifies their potential, and invests in their lifelong creative freedom. YoungArts provides space, funding, mentorship, professional development and community throughout artists’ careers. Entrance into this prestigious organization starts with a highly competitive application for talented artists ages 15–18, or grades 10– 12, in the United States that is judged by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. For more information, visit youngarts.orgInstagramYouTubeFacebook or Twitter.


Historic Moment: Space Shuttle Endeavour Takes Its Place at the California Science Center

Witness history as Space Shuttle Endeavour is lifted into its California Science Center home. Streaming live on Space.com at 12:30 a.m. EST.



On the early morning of January 30, a monumental event is set to unfold as the space shuttle Endeavour is lifted into its new museum-exhibit home at the California Science Center. This complex operation, involving a towering 450-foot-tall crane, marks a historic achievement in exhibit installation, breaking new ground outside the realms of NASA or Air Force facilities.

Scheduled to commence at 12:30 a.m. EST (0530 GMT), viewers can witness the live action on Space.com, courtesy of the California Science Center, or directly via the Los Angeles museum. The duration of the lift remains uncertain, adding an element of suspense to this unprecedented event.

However, eager spectators should note that the Endeavour display won’t be immediately accessible. The future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, a significant expansion of the California Science Center, is slated to become Endeavour’s permanent residence. With an anticipated 18-month construction period and subsequent artifact and exhibit installation, an official opening date is yet to be announced.

Endeavour, NASA’s youngest shuttle, holds a remarkable legacy, having completed 25 missions before the retirement of the space shuttle program in 2011. As it takes its place in this new chapter at the California Science Center, the Endeavour will continue to inspire and educate generations to come, embodying the spirit of human exploration and technological achievement.

Source: Space.com


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Life is Artistic, It’s Fantastic



MIAMI (Newswire.com) – Welcome to the vibrant and chic world of Miami’s art scene, where creativity knows no bounds and the city itself becomes a canvas of expression. At the heart of this sizzling cultural hub is No Vacancy, Miami Beach. The program’s fourth edition presents twelve artists whose site-specific projects are displayed at twelve iconic hotels in Miami Beach.

Samantha Modder in her series – Source of All Hair, Wearer of All Socks – at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club

No Vacancy coincides with Art Week Miami Beach and Art Basel Miami, the epitome of cultural sophistication and creativity, which will take place from December 4th through December 10th. The installations will be viewed from now through December 14th, 2023 to include three of South Beach Group Hotels boutique properties highlighting participants:

Samantha Modder in her series – Source of All Hair, Wearer of All Socks – at Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. It presents a subjective Black woman’s fairytale to process interlocking structures of oppression. Modder is a visual artist working figuratively in pen, collage, and digital media to portray larger-than-life Black, female characters taking up space in real and imagined worlds. 

Marco Inzerillo’s exhibit – SOBEautiful – is displayed at Hotel Croydon. He presents a series of photographs in both color and black and white, highlighting and celebrating the cultural variety of Miami Beach.

Riviera South Beach hosts Carola Bravo – Yield to Immigrants – challenging the concept of migration as a norm and not a crisis. The work addresses the tension between migration issues and the authority of public signs as civic markers. It also questions how manipulating traditional public signs alters their meaning, reminding us about the value of inclusion and our critical role in society.

Against the backdrop of sun-kissed beaches and eclectic neighborhoods, this annual extravaganza transforms Miami into a global art destination, bringing together the world’s leading galleries, artists, and enthusiasts.

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Hyundai Motor Group Art Cars Rally in Paris to Support Busan’s Final Bid to Host 2030 World Expo



SEOUL/PARIS – Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) is rolling out a fleet of art cars in Paris, France, from November 23–28, in a final drive to promote Busan, South Korea’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo. The voting for that honor will take place at the 173rd General Assembly of the BIE in Paris on November 28.

The Group is providing the Korean delegation with 10 Hyundai IONIQ 6 and Kia EV6, all-electric models, wrapped in a colorful graffiti design featuring symbols of Busan, such as seagulls and the Gwangan Bridge, as well as the slogan ‘BUSAN is Ready.’

The 173rd General Assembly of the BIE will see final presentations from each of the three candidate cities — Busan, South Korea; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Rome, Italy — elected via secret ballot by each BIE Member State.

For this final campaign, the Group selected IONIQ 6 and EV6 to emphasize Busan’s commitment to hosting a carbon-neutral World Expo under the theme ‘Transforming Our World, Navigating Toward a Better Future.’

The art car fleet will tour major attractions, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre, as well as areas near the BIE headquarters and the embassies of various countries, promoting Busan’s bid to key officials from BIE member countries and tourists from around the world.

On November 28, the day of the 173rd General Assembly of the BIE, the Group will operate an art car around Le Palais des Congrès d’Issy, the venue of the General Assembly. It will make every effort to win the support of BIE members until the vote is cast.

The Group is running outdoor video advertisements highlighting Busan’s charms on a large scale through 270 digital screens located in major areas of Paris during the month of November. The art cars were also used during the Busan Expo Symposium and K-POP concert held in Paris last month to further promote Busan’s bid.

In addition, the Group’s art cars traveled to major international events, such as the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in San Francisco, the UN General Assembly in New York, the G20 Summit in New Delhi, India, and the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Group has actively promoted the Busan World Expo at home and abroad in the digital realm, publishing more than 90 pieces of global content, such as short form videos and card news, to proclaim that Busan is the best city to host the 2030 World Expo.

The ‘Busan Initiative with the Whole World,’ a promotional video for the Busan World Expo that the Group released last month, exceeded 100 million views within 17 days of its release, contributing to the promotion of South Korea’s desire to host the event and Busan’s competitiveness.

Source: Hyundai

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