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 2019 theme - Global Citizens: Resilient Communities


Resilience refers to how well an individual or community can prepare for adversity or challenges.

  • How can future global leaders prepare their communities to respond to the global challenges of the 21st century?
  • How does international experience affect an individual or community’s ability to adapt?
  • What are examples of resilience in a global context?

This year’s theme asks students to explore these questions by  highlighting citizen diplomacy and the creative ways that we create  peace through people-to-people interaction.


  • 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.


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 where the artists, families and the public will  be invited to view the selected overall  winners and all submitted artworks. Date TBD,

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, 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 2019 Art and Author Showcase is made  possible through a grant received from   the Chandler Special Events  Committee and the Chandler Cultural   Foundation.

2019 winners

SCI Essay Finalist

Rebecca Holdren "PERSPECTIVE"

First Place Essay, Chandler Sister Cities

2019 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Grade 10, Hamilton High School

SCI Art Finalist

First Place Art, Chandler Sister Cities
2019 Young Artists and Authors Showcase
Hamilton High School