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Awards & Accolades 


"Empowered Women" Award 

Dress for Success, Hudson County 


"Meet Your Neighbor" - Featured Artist Series, Hudson County Cultural Affairs, Division of Culture and Tourism 


Photography Contest Winner Hudson County Cultural Affairs, Division of Culture and Tourism, The Best Photographs of Hudson County



Art Curator Award Assemblywoman Angela Mc Knight

In recognition for Gallery Exhibition Jersey City Studio Tour 2017



The Governor’s Excellence in Housing and Development Award 

State of NJ – Governor



Kathy Potter Award for Literature New Jersey City University – English Department , For a multimedia works involving memoir, poetry, sculpture and intaglio prints.



Artist Award 

PROARTS and Sustainable Jersey City , Non Profit

for a “green” environmentally friendly art project involving poetry and projections cast onto the urban landscape.



Inaugural Poet 

City of Jersey City,  Mayor Steve Fulop


Melida Rodas

Multi-media Artist I Curator I Writer I Educator 

I work and play here:   Asbury Park I New York I Jersey City I Central America 


Born in Guatemala, Melida works as Marketing Consultant and Strategist. She is a fierce advocate for equality & social justice, especially with regard to immigration, education and the arts. Melida has been recognized by The State of New Jersey, The County of Hudson, The City of Jersey City for her work involving the community, art, and literature. Her work has appeared in anthologies from publishers such as Oxford University Press, Pearson Press, and

The Feminist Press. In 2013, Rodas was chosen by The Honorable, Steven M. Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City to serve as the first inaugural poet for the municipality. On July 1, 2013, she delivered her poem, “ There in a City, OUR, Jersey City ” before an audience of 2,000 people. As guest speaker she has presented her works at numerous universities and conferences. Her visual art has been showcased in various galleries & museums. Most recently her essay “Art as a Spiritual Experience” was featured in the Pedagogical Journal, Transformations, published by NJCU. Melida Rodas was also the creator and editor of  “The Shield,” Marist High School’s online Magazine. 

Fine Arts and Education

New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ

Photography, Sculpture, Multimedia Projects, Teachers Certification Grades K-12


Master Poets Program

Under the Direction of Marie Ponsot 

Poet House, New York, NY

Poetry, Literature



Feminist Press