Press Releases

Sister Cities International is honored to celebrate the inauguration of our new Honorary Chairman, President-elect Joe Biden.

January 08, 2021, Washington, DC

Dimash Kudaibergen Becomes 1st Kazakh Artist to Participate in SCI Presidential Inauguration Celebrations in the U.S.

Sister Cities International (SCI) is proud to announce that Dimash Kudaibergen will be performing at the SCI Presidential Inaugural Celebration on January 17th, 2021.

“We are beyond thrilled and excited that Dimash will be joining our SCI family to formally recognize President-Elect Joe Biden band the incoming administration,” said Leroy Allala, President and CEO of Sister Cities International. “His participation in our event further strengthens the ties between Kazakhstan and the United States.” This will be the first time in SCI’s 67-year history and since U.S./KZ relations began (almost 30 years ago) that an artist from Kazakhstan has collaborated with a U.S. organization for such an occasion.

January 08, 2021, Washington, DC

SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL AWARDS DIONNE WARWICK EISENHOWER PEACE PRIZE


Sister Cities International (SCI) is honored to present the 2020 Eisenhower Peace Prize to Ms. Dionne Warwick. Ms. Warwick will receive the prize at Sister Cities International’s Presidential Inaugural Celebration on January 17, 2021. Every year, SCI awards the Eisenhower Peace Prize to a nationally recognized leader whose lifetime of public service exemplifies, epitomizes, and promotes the value of citizen diplomacy.

January 08, 2021, Washington, DC

Sister Cities International (SCI) is honored to announce that Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award at the SCI 2021 Presidential Inaugural Celebration.


Each year, SCI presents the Distinguished Leadership Award to extraordinary companies and individuals who, through their efforts and accomplishments, have made significant contributions to society through the communities they serve.


“The Distinguished Leadership Award is given only to those who make profound impacts on their communities and work diligently to continue to do so,” said Leroy Allala, President and CEO of Sister Cities International. “Governor Anoatubby’s dedication to his community and the Citizen Diplomacy movement has shown that he is unquestionably a distinguished and outstanding global leader.”

SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES 2020 YOUNG ARTISTS AND AUTHORS SHOWCASE WINNERS

August 13, 2020, Washington, DC

MEDIA CONTACT: Jina Shim, jshim@sistercities.org

Sister Cities International is proud to announce the winners and finalists of the 2020 Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS). For over three decades, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase has given youth from around the globe the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original artwork and literature.

The 2020 Showcase encouraged youth to submit entries inspired by the theme “One World: Out of Many, We Are One.”

Inspired by the theme, young artists, and authors shared their vision of unity and expressed how recognizing the world’s oneness allows them and their communities to flourish. “Since its inception, youth have been submitting their inspiring artwork to the Young Artists and Author Showcase for 32 years. Every year, we are increasingly in awe of the youth’s work as they never cease to show perspective and insight. This year’ entries are especially creative and expressive, exemplifying the theme in ways we never would have thought. We’re excited to share the next generation’s work with the world on our website” said Leroy Allala, Sister Cities International President and CEO. 

The 2020 Young Artists Showcase (U.S.) Grand Prize winner is Rose Linn from Lexington, KY for her artwork titled “We Are All One.”

Finalists include Amber Lee of Santa Clarita, CA; Ava Hardin of Wilmette, IL; Penelope Choi of Columbia, MD; Natalie Eden of Norfolk, VA; and Eike Mussig Contreras of Scottsdale, AZ. The 2020 Young Artists Showcase (International) Grand Prize winner is Haruto Tsuda from Osaka, Japan for his artwork titled “Morning of Fertility”. Finalists include Nadejda Rata of Ungheni City, Moldova; Amane Iwahori of Fukui, Japan; Hannah Jeong of British Columbia, Canada; Luis Angel Equihua Gembe of Michoacán, México; and Ryota Suzuku of Narashino, Japan.

The 2020 Young Authors Showcase (Essay) Grand Prize winner is Julie Park from Lexington, KY for her work titled “Birds of a Feather.”

Finalists include James Boylan of Delray Beach, FL and Valeria Junguito from Bogotá, Colombia. The 2020 Young Authors Showcase (Poetry) Grand Prize Winner is Elise Welch from Grandview, MO for her work titled “If You Cannot Stand.” Finalists include Sydney Hooper of Santa Clarita, CA and Marat Bennet of Santa Barbara, CA.

The 2020 Young Artists Showcase (Photography) Grand Prize winner is Carolyn Ervin from Norfolk, VA for her work titled “Bridge to the Future”.

Finalists include Cassidy Biener; Erika Natalie; Lian Ziyu; Rubani Chugh; Riley Masterson; and PuTian Gu.

The Grand Prize winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.

In past years, Sister Cities International has sent the artwork on tour to several cities across the U.S. However, due to the pandemic, this year it will not be possible to do so. This year’s winners and finalists will have their work showcased on the Sister Cities International website, making it accessible for many to appreciate the artwork. 

 

For more information about the Showcase, email Jina Shim at jshim@sistercities.org.