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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2010 Archives > January 2010 > Buffalo Arts Commission Seeks Participants

Buffalo Arts Commission Seeks Participants Sister Cities Internationals 2010 Young Artists Showcase

Contact: Louise Simon Schoene
              NYS Coordinator, SCI          
              (716) 851-5951

Sister Cities International announced today that it is seeking submissions for the 2010 Young Artist Showcase. For over two decades, the Young Artist Showcase has given youth from around the world the opportunity to artistically express their visions for a more unified, peaceful world.

“We are excited to once again launch the Young Artists Showcase,” said Patrick Madden, President and CEO of Sister Cities International. “Each year I am continually impressed by the youth of our local sister city programs and look forward to seeing the submissions.”

The 2010 theme “Your World” is an opportunity for young artists ages 13-18 to answer the question, “What makes you, you?” International travel and cultural exchanges can impact lives in many different ways. Young artists are asked to show how cultures and experiences have impacted their ideas and perspectives of the world. 

Eligible participants must be between 13 and 18 years of age.  One finalist will be selected to represent the Buffalo Niagara Sister Cities Coalition based on their artwork's originality, composition and theme interpretation.  All entries will be displayed at a reception at Buffalo City Hall to be held on March 16, 2010, 4PM in the lobby. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third, with five artworks commended.  All participants will receive a certificate.

The first place entry will be sent to Washington, DC to compete against other artwork from across the nation. Sister Cities International will select 10 finalists from the total entries from cities across the United States and the world. From these 10 winning works, one United States artist and one international artist will be selected as overall winners.  Each will be awarded a complimentary registration for the 2010 Youth Leadership Conference in Alburquerque, New Mexico along with $1000 toward airfare to the conference or as a cash prize.

“Art unlocks the door to cultures of the world” said David Granville, Mayor’s Liaison to Sister Cities.

Winning artwork can also be viewed on click on "programs."  The competition has been held since 1988.  Entries can be submitted at Buffalo City Hall, Sister Cities Office, located on the 3rd floor room 324.

Sister Cities International promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation by focusing exchanges and public programs on sustainable and economic development, youth and education, arts and culture, and humanitarian assistance. More information about Sister Cities International can be found at