Schaumburg Meets Schaumburg: A Sister Cities Gathering

Picture of four officials presenting official proclamation between Sister Cities
Sister Cities programs connect distant populations with one another through various exchanges, delegations, and partnership projects. Last week the Schaumburg-Schaumburg relationship between Illinois and Germany enjoyed ten days together after a German delegation of six visited their U.S. counterparts. The trip coincides with the 35th anniversary of Schaumburg’s oldest Sister City relationship. The Illinois village became Sister Cities with the German county in order to connect U.S. residents with their ancestral history. Schaumburg County is located in Lower Saxony ...

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Norfolk Sister City Association Sends a Mermaid to Kochi

Sketch of the Mermaid Sculpture that Norfolk Sister Cities Association sent to Kochi
A city is defined by its artists. We are first drawn to the city for the design of its unmistakable landmarks and the decorated shop windows. We then leave our cities to visit other far away ones with their own distinct architecture and novel marketplaces which allow us to break out of our daily routines and become reunited with the world at large. The Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA) has found a way to use art to define its local community and to connect with communities abroad. Recently, NSCA sent a custom-made mermaid sculpture to her Sister City of Kochi in ...

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A Sister City Delegation from Gunnison, Colorado Visits Majkhali, India

Students in India sharing posters
A delegation from Gunnison, Colorado recently returned from a Sister Citiers trip to Majkhali, India. Watch the video below to see how they connected with their counterparts across the globe. Sister Cities from Jake Burchmore on Vimeo. Do you have video or a story to share? Visit our submit your story page to share with Sister Cities International, or email communications@sistercities.org.

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Sister Cities Association of Sarasota Exchange Will Help Students Learn Playwriting

Sister Cities teachers, here in the U.S. on behalf of the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, pose with Sarasota Mayor Liz Albert
In July, teachers from three Sarasota Sister Cities traveled to the United States to take part in Florida Studio Theatre’s Write-A-Play Teacher Training, thanks to the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota. During their visit, they received a tour of Sarasota sites including the Ringling Museum, the University South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art & Design and Mote Marine Aquarium. They also received Honorary Sarasota Citizen Certificates from Mayor Liz Alpert at City Hall. The Write-A-Play contest is an annual event where high school and ...

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Sister Cities of Nashville Delegation Explores Community Transit with Edmonton

Sister Cities of Nashville delegates and Edmonton representatives at a hockey game
Contributed by Heather Cunningham Five delegates from Sister Cities of Nashville (including myself) have just returned from Sister City Edmonton, Canada where we discussed plans for our 30th anniversary in 2020, took in some cultural events, and discussed future plans for business, educational, and professional projects. Upon arrival, our Edmonton friends took us to the Heritage Festival: an incredible showcase of the foods, art, and culture of the many nationalities represented in Edmonton.  Festival organizers gave our group a golf cart tour of the festival ...

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Sister Cities International and Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Announce Partnership

Haiti, and island in the Caribbean region
Click here to download this article as a press release. Sister Cities International, the largest citizen diplomacy network in the United States, is partnering with the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to develop training opportunities, special resilience projects and technical exchanges to benefit U.S. and Caribbean smart accelerator programs. The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator is an initiative led by Caribbean government leaders and supported by private and public sector partners and multilateral institutions to establish a shared vision for transformative ...

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Sister Cities International Welcomes New Board of Directors and Elects New Executive Leadership

2018 Board of Directors
Following a membership-wide election, 11 individuals were elected to Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors. The elections took place during Sister Cities International’s Annual Business Meeting at its 2018 Annual Conference in Aurora, Colorado on August 3, 2018. Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio, Texas assumed his position as Board Chairman after serving two years as Vice Chair, and Carol Robertson Lopez of Santa Fe, New Mexico was elected as Vice Chair by the Board of Directors. Lawrence Uebner of Omaha, Nebraska was re-elected as Treasurer. Clare Petrich of ...

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“I am everyone’s mayor” Bergen’s Lord Mayor visits Seattle

Mayor Mjøs Persen and Marit Sagen Grung at Kerry Park with view of Space Needle Photo: Lori Ann Reinhall
Contributed by Lori Ann Reinhall, president, Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association Lord Mayor Marte Mjøs Persen is a woman with a very busy schedule. Besides sitting at the helm of Norway's second largest city, she is also the mother of four. Her now grown-up son was followed by triplets, still in their preschool years, as she juggles the demands of home and office. With her busy travel schedule in Norway and Europe, a trip across the Atlantic is not easy to fit in. But when the opportunity to represent Bergen at the opening of the new Seattle Nordic Museum came up last ...

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Highland Park, IL Celebrates Another Successful Art Exchange with Sister City Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This past July, Highland Park, Illinois hosted a delegation from its sister city Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Among those in the delegation were two artists, Abdallahy and Santiago Polvos. The pieces created by Abdallahy require 4D glasses to be worn when viewing in order to be fully appreciated and they are deeply rooted in ancient Mexican culture. Polvos is a well-known artist in Puerto Vallarta and his work is known for his unique use of light and images depicting Mexican subjects and themes. The artists exhibited at The Art Center (TAC) in Highland Park and at the Mexican ...

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Cities Leading the Way: 2018 Annual Conference

Roger-Mark De Souza with Attendees
from Roger-Mark De Souza Dear Fellow Citizen Diplomats, I have just returned to D.C. from Aurora for our 2018 Annual Conference, "Cities Leading the Way." We had more than 500 attendees, including the students who attended our Youth Leadership Summit. For those of you who came, I cannot thank you enough for sharing with me the experience of my first Annual Conference. I hope you all learned a lot and, most of all, had fun with your Sister City counterparts from around the world. I invite attendees to take our post-conference survey to share your feedback. We want to ...

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