“I’m not only an NAACP ACT-SO medalist, but also an ACT-SO alumni! Thank you to all my friends and family who helped [me] get to this point. I couldn’t have done this [by] myself. This experience has been nothing short of excellent. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!” – Nicolas Mote
Nicolas Mote was a bronze medalist at the 2016 national ACT-SO competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 2016 and is now a rising sophomore at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) with a major in Animation. However, he plans to transfer to Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Nicolas enjoys watching films, cooking, and painting in his free time. He was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program because it presented him with the opportunity to gain artistic exposure outside of his home town and meet different students from all around the country.
In the 2016 local Jacksonville ACT-SO branch competition, Nicolas competed in the Drawing category and received a gold medal. He then advanced to the 2016 national ACT-SO competition where he placed as a bronze medalist in the Drawing category for his award-winning piece titled, Stereotypes/ Society.
Favorite Part About ACT-SO
Nicolas’ favorite part about the ACT-SO program was that he was able to meet new people and converse with other students nationwide about their distinct art forms. He was grateful for the opportunity to network with the many significant individuals present at the competition who could help him grow and advance artistically. He also loved being able to travel to Cincinnati with his best friend before they attended different colleges.
Participating in the national ACT-SO competition revealed to Nicolas that there are so many students, his age and younger, who are just as talented, if not more talented, than himself. He embraced this realization and used it as an opportunity to learn something valuable from each and every competitor. ACT-SO also awarded him with a scholarship for his placement as a bronze medalist at the national competition, which was put towards his art education to continue his blooming artistic career. Witnessing all of the talent at the national competition made Nicolas want to work even harder to dedicate himself to improving and perfecting his craft.
Words of Wisdom
“Be honest when talking about your art, enter a piece that shows your passion and be humble, because whether or not you win a medal, you should walk away having learned something, which in my opinion is an award in [and of] itself.” – Nicolas Mote