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
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.
PROARTS and Sustainable Jersey City , Non Profit
for a “green” environmentally friendly art project involving poetry and projections cast onto the urban landscape.
City of Jersey City, Mayor Steve Fulop
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 & Media Relations Director for Cara Squared. 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 is the editor for “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