Young Artists and Authors Showcase

2017 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Each year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography.

Showcasing their imagination, creativity, and passion for world peace, students interpret a designated annual theme into works of art and literature. The work is sent from sister city member communities to Washington, DC, where a panel of judges selects Grand Prize Winners and Finalists based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation. Each Grand Prize Winner is awarded $1,000.

This program is a great opportunity to reach out to 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, literature, film, and photography have been announced, their works embark on a yearlong tour hosted by local sister city programs on a monthly basis. This opportunity is available to any sister city program and can help expand local youth programming.

Cinequest

In partnership with Cinequest, students are encouraged to create a short film as their submission piece. Voted “Best Film Festival” by USA Today Readers, Cinequest fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower youth and emerging artists.

In addition, students are now invited to share original photography on Instagram as their submission piece.
 

The 2017 Theme: We're Going Places

Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. This year’s theme, “We’re Going Places,” showcases the importance of travel and exchange in achieving peace. Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experience with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships, and their goals to present their vision of where the future will lead.

At a Glance: Specifications

Artwork One (1) piece of artwork will be accepted from each U.S. member community and one (1) from each of their sister cities. Artists should contact their local sister city contact for more information. Find out if your city is a member here. Members with multiple entries are encouraged to form their own local competitions and submit the winner to Sister Cities International’s national competition. All media is encouraged. Artists should be between 13-18 years old as of the application deadline. See the Artist Guidelines below for more information.

Essay/Poetry Entries are limited to one (1) per student and five (5) per classroom. Essays should not exceed 500 works and poetry should not exceed 25 words. Authors should be between 13-18 years old as of the application deadline. See Authors Guidelines below for more information.

Photography Original photography should be submitted via Instagram. Multiple entries are allowed per student. Artists should be between 13-22 years old as of the application deadline. See photographer guidelines below for more information.

Short Film Videos should be 1-10 minutes in length. Artists should be between 13-22 years old as of the application deadline. See short film entry link below for more information.

Download Guidelines and Entry Forms

YAAS artwork, writing, and photography pieces are currently touring throughout the U.S.! Click here to see if YAAS is coming to a community near you.

Questions? Email youth@sistercities.org.

2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Theme: Peace through People

2016 Young Artists Showcase

CLICK HERE to view the 28th Annual Young Artists Showcase submissions!

2016 Young Artists Grand Prize Winners

Title of Piece Name of Artist Artist's City Artwork
Unity Nathan Smoka Columbia Heights, MN Unity by Nathan Smoka
Together as One Samuel Antwi Kumasi, Ghana Together as One by Anini Samuel

2016 Young Artists Finalists (U.S.)

Title of Piece Name of Artist Artist's City Artwork
One Hope Jocelyn Abaray Lakeland, FL One Hope by Jocelyn Abaray
Countries in Unity Alex Avila Belvidere, IL Countries in Unity by Alex Avila
Grow Peace through People Julia Barquin Palm Beach, FL Grow Peace through People by Julia Barquin
Tear Drop Astha Chourasia Chandler, AZ Tear Drop by Astha Chourasia

2016 Young Artists Finalists (International)

Title of Piece Name of Artist Artist's City Artwork
The Young Olive Trees and Peace In-Hae Na Incheon, South Korea The Young Olive Trees and Peace by In-Hae Na
PEACE Tatsuya Sumitomo Nara, Japan PEACE by Tatsuya Sumitomo
Wallpaper World Peace Kamil Mikaloj Urban Toruń, Poland Wallpaper World Peace by Kamil Mikaloj Urban
Peace is in our Hands Elena Comarnitchi Ungheni City, Moldova Peace is in our Hands by Elena Comarnitchi

2016 Photography Challenge

2016 Photography Challenge Grand Prize Winner

Photographer's Name Photographer's Instagram Handle Photographer's City Photograph
Isabella Cantu @4bella12 San Bernardino, CA Isabella Cantu

2016 Photography Challenge Finalists

Photographer's Name Photographer's Instagram Handle Photographer's City Photograph
Noah Hughes @nrh.photography Charlotte, NC Noah Hughes
Jessica Beall @chifladamami San Antonio, TX Jessica Beall

2016 Young Authors Showcase

CLICK HERE to read the Young Authors Showcase Grand Prize winners and finalists writing!

2016 Young Authors Grand Prize Winners

  Title of Piece Name of Author Author's City
Essay World Disagreement Samantha Kamath Chandler, AZ
Poetry My Vision of Peace Hannah Huebsch Osage, IA

2016 Young Authors Finalists

  Title of Piece Name of Author Author's City
Essay There's Not Much 'I' Can Do For You Dain Ham Incheon, South Korea
Essay Fighting Indifference Katherine Kann Phoenix, AZ
Poetry Peace through People Cristal Ramirez Santa Clarita, CA
Poetry Peace through People Mattlin Stanek Stillwater, OK

2016 Sister Cities Film Challenge

2016 Sister Cities Film Challenge Grand Prize Winner

Title of Piece Name of Filmmaker Filmmaker's City
Pianino for Peace Max Rykov Montgomery County, MD

2016 Sister Cities Film Challenge Finalist

Title of Piece Name of Filmmaker Filmmaker's City
Flash Before Your Eyes Ethan Holleman Highland Park, IL

2016 YAAS U.S. Tour Schedule

Dates Tour Location
September 2016 Naperville, IL
October 2016 Fort Wayne, IN
November 2016 Milwaukee, WI
December 2016 Durham, NC
January 2017 Lakeland, FL

February 2017

Santa Fe, NM
March 2017 Santa Clarita, CA
April 2017 Chandler, AZ
May 2017 Delray Beach, FL

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.

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