Young Artists and Authors Showcase

2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Red ThreadEach 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.

The Peaceful Connection

Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. This year’s theme, “Peace through People,” will commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Sister Cities International by celebrating 60 years of global citizen action and impact while looking ahead toward a better future where the world’s citizens can come together and find common ground, prosperity, and peace. 

When President Eisenhower founded Sister Cities International in 1956, he stated that, “If we are going to take advantage of the assumption that all people want peace, then the problem is for people to get together and to leap governments – if necessary to evade governments – to work out not one method but thousands of methods by which people can gradually learn a little bit more of each other.” Photographers are encouraged to draw inspiration from Eisenhower’s words and present their vision of how people-to-people exchanges and citizen diplomacy build peace in their communities.

Cinequest

The Sister Cities Film Challenge in partnership with Cinequest allows students to submit short films as their submission piece. New in 2016, the Sister Cities Photography Challenge invites students to share their photography on Instagram as their submission piece.  

CLICK HERE to download the 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase flyer. CLICK HERE to download guidelines and entry forms for the Young Artists Showcase. CLICK HERE to download guidelines and entry forms for the Young Authors Showcase. CLICK HERE to download guidelines for the Sister Cities Photography Challenge. CLICK HERE to review Sister Cities International's plagiarism policy. 

*Submission deadlines have passed, stay tuned for our 2016 winners*

Made possible by the generous support of the Carvey Family.

2015 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Theme: Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity

2015 Young Artists Showcase

CLICK HERE to view the 27th Young Artists Showcase submissions!

2015 Grand Prize Winners:

Title of Piece Name of Artist Artist's City
Red Thread Kianna Vallarde Hampton, VA
The Peaceful Connection Kanako Onishi Yao, Japan

2015 Finalists (U.S.):

Title of Piece Name of Artist Artist's City
Whole Danielle Bertulfo Norfolk, VA
Piggyback Around the World Tamalika De Culver City, CA
Garden of Communities Andy Liu Houston, TX
Peace of Me Maia Micou Suffolk, VA

2015 Finalists (International):

Title of Piece Name of Artist Artist's City
Bond Ayaka Nakamura Narashino City, Japan
Peace Asako Okeya Fukui City, Japan
Inclusiveness Symbiosis Sun Peiyuan Tianjin, China
In a United Impulse! Julia Sokolova Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

2015 Young Authors Showcase

Click here to read the Grand Prize winning and Finalist entries!

2015 Grand Prize Winners:

  Title of Piece Name of Author Author's City
Essay Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity Beibhinn Cullen Tullamore, Ireland (Chandler, AZ)
Poetry A World Like No One Has Known Nathen Spitz Osage, IA

2015 Finalists:

  Title of Piece Name of Author Author's City
Essay Embracing Communities for Overall Prosperity John Ramlogan Suffolk, VA
Essay Connecting Communities Max Ragno Boynton Beach, FL
Poetry I Can Delaney Taylor Suffolk, VA
Poetry Pursuit of Peace Andrew Yancy Phoenix, AZ

2015 Sister Cities Film Challenge

New for 2015, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase welcomed entries for the 2015 Sister Cities Film Challenge in partnership with Cinequest.  

2015 Grand Prize Winner:

Title of Piece Name of Filmmaker Filmmaker's City
Denver Sister Cities: Leading a Global Movement Bridget Galaty Denver, CO

2015 Honorable Mention:

Title of Piece Name of Filmmaker Filmmaker's City
The Impact of Give Daniella Cohen Highland Park, IL

To view the Young Artist and Authors Showcase finalist artwork, essays, and poetry, please visit the links below:

  • Click here to view the Tumblr featuring 2015 Young Artists Showcase submissions. Click here to view the 2015 Young Authors Showcase winning and finalist entries.
  • Click here to view the Tumblr featuring 2014 Young Artists Showcase submissions. Click here to view the 2014 Young Authors Showcase winning and finalist entries.
  • Click here to view the 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase winning and finalist entries.
  • Click here to view the 2012 Young Artists and Authors Showcase winning and finalist entries.

Young Artists and Authors Showcase pieces are currently touring throughout the U.S.! Want more info? Email Ted Carroll, Membership Manager, at youth@sistercities.org

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