Young Artists and Authors Showcase

The Young Artists and Authors Showcase

2017 YAAS Grand Prize Winner - Rodolfo LedezmaEach year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography.

Showcasing their imagination, creativity, and passion for world peace, students interpret a designated annual theme into works of art and literature. The work is sent from sister city member communities to Washington, DC, where a panel of judges selects Grand Prize Winners and Finalists based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation. Each Grand Prize Winner is awarded $1,000.

This program is a great opportunity to reach out to the community and engage local English and art teachers, and reach a student audience that may not already be included in sister city programming. After the finalists for art, literature, film, and photography have been announced, their works embark on a yearlong tour hosted by local sister city programs on a monthly basis. This opportunity is available to any sister city program and can help expand local youth programming.


In partnership with Cinequest, students are encouraged to create a short film as their submission piece. Voted “Best Film Festival” by USA Today Readers, Cinequest fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower youth and emerging artists.

In addition, students are now invited to share original photography on Instagram (using the hashtag #YAAS2018) as their submission piece. All students who submit a photo to the #YAAS2018 contest must fill out a contest entry form here.

2018 Theme: The Art of Diplomacy

Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. This year’s theme, “The Art of Diplomacy” highlights the importance of citizen diplomacy and the innovative ways citizen diplomats achieve peace through people-to-people interaction.
Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experiences with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships, and the many ways that people cultivate relationships across cultures.

The deadline to submit entries to Sister Cities International is May 1, 2018.

Additional Info

Download the 2018 YAAS Flyer

Download Author Guidelines & Entry Form

Submit a film entry (access code: sistercities)

Download Artist Guidelines & Entry Form

Download Photographer Guidelines

Download the Plagiarism Policy

2017 YAAS Winners

2017 YAAS Tour Schedule

 Specifications and Eligibility

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As the world becomes smaller, and connections online become more frequent than face-to-face interactions, multicultural understanding at the community level is more important than ever. Sister Cities International enables citizen diplomats in communities across the world to develop relationships with communities in other countries that are based on cultural understanding and mutual cooperation.Donate