Young Artists and Authors Showcase
Each year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork and literature. All students must submit their work based on a designated theme that is announced each year. Artwork is sent from member cities to Washington, D.C. where a panel of judges selects the winners based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation.
This program is a great opportunity to reach out into the community and engage local English and art teachers, and reach a student audience that may not already be included in sister city programming. After the finalists for art and literature have been announced, they embark on a year-long tour hosted by local sister city programs on a monthly basis. This opportunity is available to any city and can help expand local youth programming.
2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase
The Young Artists Showcase is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013 and it will be the fifth year for the Young Authors Showcase as well. The theme this year is "The Power of Exchange."
Youth were encouraged to submit entries inspired by what "The Power of Exchange" means to them! Sister city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties, and states. Whether in person, online, or through the mail, exchanges of people and ideas facilitate community development and educational opportunities. Through 2D media artists and authors illustrated the long-term impact that exchanges have had on yourself or your community. How have one or both changed for the better?
Deadline for receiving submissions for this year has passed. Winners to be announced soon!
- 10 Finalists will be selected from the total entries.
- These 10 pieces of art will be displayed at the Sister Cities International 2013 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.
- From the 10 winning works, one U.S. artist and one international artist will be selected as overall winners.
2012 Grand Prize Winners:
Made possible by the generous support of the Carvey Family.
|Title of Piece||Name of Artist||Artist's City|
|Cotton Club Crescendo||Joshua Williams||Hampton, VA|
|Looking to the Future Through Our Past||Natalia Galkina||
Kalingrad, Russia, Sister Cities of Norfolk, VA
To see the list of 2012 Young Artists Showcase finalists
|Title of Piece||Name of Author||Author's City|
|Essay||Connections, Hope, Promise for the Future||Danielle Hejhal||Osage, IA|
|Essay||The Role of Young Generations in the Future of Society||Akos Kovacs||Debrecen, Hungary, Sister Cities of New Brunswick, NJ|
|Poetry||As Youth We Can||Cambrea Braudaway||Phoenix, AZ|
|Poetry||I am the Voice of the Youth||Saidhbhe Cullen||Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland, sister city of Chandler, AZ|
To see the list of 2012 Young Authors Showcase finalists CLICK HERE.
Want to view the Young Artist and Authors Showcase finalist entries? Click on the links below!
Young Artists and Authors Showcase on tour!
Sister Cities International is proud to announce that award-winning and finalist artwork, essays, and poems from the 2012 Young Artists and Authors Showcase will be on display across the United States! Check out the tour schedule listed below. More information on the exact location of the display can be found on the individual sister city websites.
|Date of Art Arrival||Tour Location|
|Sept 4-Oct 21, 2012||Naperville, IL|
|Oct 26-Nov 21, 2012||Milwaukee, WI|
|Nov 26-Dec 11, 2012||Tempe, AZ|
|Dec 15, 2012-Jan 17, 2013||Southlake, TX|
|Jan 21-Feb 20, 2013||Norfolk, VA|
|Feb 22-March 11, 2013||Hampton, VA|
|March 15-May 1, 2013||Tuscaloosa, AL|
|June 15, 2013||Sister Cities International office, Washington DC|