2019 Young Artists and Authors Showcase - GLOBAL CITIZENS: RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

The Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) is an annual contest that encourages youth worldwide to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, and photography.

Submissions are centered around an annual theme and judged based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation.

Selected Grand Prize Winners in each category (art, literature, and photography) win a $1000 prize. After the finalists for art, literature, and photography have been announced, their works are displayed in Sister Cities around the U.S. in a year-long tour

The deadline to submit entries is April 1, 2019

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.


Students and member cities should send their art and/or literature, along with their corresponding completed entry form, to Sister Cities International by mail or by emailing youth@sistercities.org. Click on the photos below to download and complete your entry form.

Students must submit all materials by April 1, 2019.

For more information visit Sister Cities International.