2023 YOUNG ARTISTS AND AUTHORS SHOWCASE (YAAS)
PEACE BY PIECE: FOOD SECURITY IN MY COMMUNITY
Consistent with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, Sister Cities International will continue to embrace climate change as the overarching theme for its 2023 Young Artists and Authors Showcase. For this competition, SCI is proud to invite youth from member communities to submit innovative, thoughtful, and impactful creations that emphasize various aspects of food security, including the impact of climate change on food production and food consumption, in their own communities.
SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: May 1, 2023
As food unites us, the unrelenting struggle of food security, or a lack thereof is an issue that all communities face. The ongoing environmental changes continue to impact locals and their access to nutrition. This makes the importance of raising awareness more essential every day and youth leadership is a necessary tool to help tackle these circumstances felt around the globe.
Please see our resource section for more information on food insecurity.
We encourage our youth to be creative and examine all aspects of this year’s theme, including:
How has climate change affected food security in your community?
How does your culture value food?
How can you, as a future leader, contribute to the solution?
What does food security mean to you?
Please read the following details carefully, as our rules and awards have changed slightly from previous years.
When describing their artwork in the application form, students are encouraged to discuss how their local communities and/or international cities are approaching this year’s theme. Students can talk about collaborative efforts between communities, give project examples, or explore areas of potential cooperation within the water sustainability field. Descriptive paragraphs should be written by the student.
Below are some resources related to this year’s theme:
- Students must be between 13 and 18 years of age at the time of the May 1, 2023 deadline.
- The student must be affiliated with a dues-paying member of Sister Cities International or an international community partnered with a dues-paying member. (If you have any questions regarding your affiliation with a dues-paying member of Sister Cities International, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- No more than five (5) submissions per category will be accepted from each member community. International community partners are also eligible to submit no more than five (5) submissions per category. [Note for Sister City Contact Persons: Please provide a list of your (up to) five (5) participating students and their submissions organized by category to email@example.com.] If you have any questions regarding submission limits, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Member communities are encouraged to form their own local competitions and submit the top five (5) in each category to Sister Cities International.
- No student may enter submissions into more than one category.
- All entries must meet the criteria listed below.
- All entries must conform to Sister Cities International's policy on plagiarism found here.
- All entries must be submitted and received with a completed application by May 1, 2023, 11:59 PM ET.
- For any other questions, please contact email@example.com.
- All award winning artists' works will be published to Sister Cities International's website alongside the artists' names and names of the pieces.
- One artist will be selected as a Grand Prize Winner, 2nd Place Winner, and 3rd Place Winner for each category.
- Each category's Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000 cash.
- Each category's 2nd Place Winner will receive $250 cash.
- Each category's 3rd Place Winner will receive $100 cash.
- The winners of each category will be announced during or at the Youth Leadership Summit.
*Grand Prize Winners across each category will be asked to complete W-9 forms in order to receive their prize payment.*