Young Artists & Authors Showcase
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2018 Competition Theme: The Art of Diplomacy
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities across the United States. A Sister City partnership is a long-term, cooperative relationship between two cities in different countries through which cultural, educational, business and technical exchanges take place. Long Beach has four sister cities—Yokkaichi, Japan; Qingdao, China; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Mombasa, Kenya—and two less formal friendship city relationships with Venice, Italy, and Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

Sister Cities International holds an annual global competition, the Young Artists & Authors Showcase (YAAS), to encourage young artists to express the values of international friendship and cultural exchange through artwork, literature, film, and photography. The theme for the 2018 YAAS competition is “The Art of Diplomacy,” emphasizing the importance of people-to-people diplomacy and the various ways that individuals can help achieve international peace. Artists are encouraged to think beyond the traditional images of diplomacy and peacemaking to draw inspiration from their experiences with international cities, travel, exchange, and culture. For more information, visit

All local submissions are due by April 1, 2018.
This year, Mayor Robert Garcia’s office, Sister Cities of Long Beach, and the Arts Council for Long Beach are partnering on a local competition to identify the best Long Beach artwork to submit to the Sister Cities International YAAS competition. We are looking for submissions in the categories of art, photography, and film. One winner from each category will be selected from the local competition for submission to the global YAAS competition. All students are required to upload the Sisters International YAAS contest forms.
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Visual Art Submission
Artist must be 13-18 years old. Art must be 2-dimensional, unframed, and no larger than 24 in. x 36 in. Submit electronic photos of the artwork. Once finalists are selected, they will be required to submit original artwork.
Photographers must be 13-22 years old. Submit electronic images. Limited to two submissions per person.
Film and Video
Film makers must be 13-22 years old. Film must be 1-10 minutes in length.
Contact Information
Full Name *
School Name (if affiliated)
Birth Date *
Phone Number *
Title of Artwork *
Mailing Address *
I understand that all showcase entries become the artistic property of Sister Cities International. Although the artist retains his/her copyright for other uses, Sister Cities International will retain perpetual, non-exclusive rights to use submitted artwork in any future publication, promotional material, and/or online service with no compensation other than credit with the artist’s name and community. Sister Cities International takes no responsibility and will not compensate for any lost or damaged artwork. By submitting this entry, I agree to give Sister Cities International, its members and affiliates permission to publish and display the submitted entry at public exhibits,online, in publications and/or in promotional materials, at the discretion of Sister Cities International. I agree to abide by all the rules and terms of the showcase and agree to waive all claims of any kind against the showcase organizers. *
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