Young Artists & Authors Showcase

Each year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International  through original artwork and literature. All students must submit their work based on a designated theme that is announced each year. Artwork is sent from member cities to Washington, D.C. where a panel of  judges selects the winners based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation. 

The 2018 theme: "The Art of Diplomacy"

This year’s theme highlights the importance of citizen diplomacy and the innovative ways citizen diplomats achieve peace through people-to-people interaction. Students are encouraged to draw on inspiration from their experience with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships and the many ways people cultivate relationships across cultures. 

Eligibility

  • Art and Literature: Participants must be between 13 and 18 years of age at the time of the deadline, and be a resident of Chandler, AZ. 
  • Photography: Participants must be between 13 and 22 years of age at the time of the deadline, and be a resident of Chandler, AZ.
  • Each participant is allowed to submit only one (1) piece of artwork, essay, poetry, film, photography or poetry
  • Judging is based on theme, interpretation, composition, creativity and originality.
  • Each entry must be sent with a completed official entry form.

Specifications

Artists Specifications

  • Art must be 2D, unframed and no larger than 24 inches by 36 inches. 
  • Use of copyrighted or trademarked images is prohibited. 
  • Entries must not be plagiarized, stolen, or copied from any other source. Entries must not defame or invade the rights of any person, living or dead. 
  • All entries MUST be supported by matting. Do not frame the entry. 

Literature Specification

  • Essays are not to exceed 500 words. 
  • Poetry is not to exceed 200 words.
  • All entries must be in English. 
  • A digital copy of entry must be submitted with hard copy. 
  • All work must be original and inspired by the theme. Entries may not be plagiarized, stolen, or copied from other sources.

Photography Specifications

  • Chandler’s First Place entry will be submitted to Sister Cities International (SCI) through Instagram.
  • Entries must conform to SCI’s policy on plagiarism and Instagram’s community guidelines.

Awards & Reception

A Reception was held on Fri, Apr 20 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Third  Friday Art Walk in Historic Downtown Chandler where the artists, families and the public will  be invited to view the selected overall  winners and all submitted artworks.


The Chandler winning artwork  will be sent to Sister  Cities  International in Washington, D.C.  for judging with all entries submitted by other U.S. Sister Cities. Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities’ top 3 winning artworks will be displayed on our website, www.chandlerirish.org. Also, the winning artwork will be published in the SanTanSun News.

 

International judging will take place in late May, and winners and  finalists will be announced in early June. Winning pieces will be  published on the Sister Cities International website, and will be displayed at the 2016 Annual Conference. 


After the National Finalists for art and literature have been announced, they embark on a year-long tour hosted by local sister city  programs on a monthly basis. ​​


Underwriting for the 2018 Art and Author Showcase is made  possible through a grant received from   the Chandler Special Events  Committee and the Chandler Cultural   Foundation.