Submission Deadline: May 1, 2021
For decades, Sister Cities International has leveraged the power that art has to transform societies and transcend cultural boundaries through the Young Artists and Authors Showcase, or YAAS. The Showcase has given youth worldwide the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original art and literature.
This year’s theme will be “United in Hope”.
Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. The COVID-19 pandemic is a unique phenomenon in that it has affected every country around the globe. However, as is common in tragedy, hope shines through for those who persevere. Hope is a uniting force during this time as people struggle to cope with its ongoing effects and once again start to imagine a life without social distancing or wearing a mask. Indeed, the younger generation is capable of dreaming of a human existence that is even more dynamic, more advanced, and more resilient than ever before.
Students should explore the following questions through the lens of citizen diplomacy and include creative ways that we stand together looking toward the future.
How can the next generation of citizen diplomats help communities respond during and after the pandemic?
In what ways does international experience affect an individual or community’s ability to stay hopeful?
What are some examples or illustrations of coming together and celebrating our hope in humanity and its future?
What are some unique ways that your city, country, or culture has proven to be hopeful during the past year?
Please read the following details carefully, as our rules and awards have changed slightly from previous years.
Students must be between 13 and 18 years of age at the time of the 2021 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 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
Member communities with more than five (5) entries are encouraged to form their own local competitions and submit the top five (5) 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 be submitted and received with a completed application by May 1, 2021. Submit entries by uploading them along with the application below.
Photographs of all artists’ work (in the case of the Musicians Showcase, artists’ names and names of the pieces) will be published to Sister Cities International’s website.
One artist will be selected as a Grand Prize Winner, 2nd Place Winner, and 3rd Place Winner for each category.
International wire transfers available for winners in countries outside the United States.
Each category’s Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000.
Each category’s 2nd Place Winner will receive $250.
Each category’s 3rd Place Winner will receive $100.
Note: Winners may be subject to completing a W-9 form for tax purposes per IRS rules.
The winners of each category will be announced at the virtual Youth Leadership Summit tentatively scheduled for August 12-13, 2021
Important note: To ensure our judges have the best quality view of your work, please confirm that photographs are no less than 180 dpi.