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 Kingston to
Teen Art Exchange

This special exhibition features artwork created by students from our sister city Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In turn, the work of student artists from Scottsdale will be placed on display at Kingston’s Tett Centre in August.

“The works of Art & Design in this exhibit represent the creative energy of the students who were enrolled in the 30th Anniversary of the Creative Arts Focus Program of the Limestone District School Board in Kingston, Ontario. The original works were completed in December 2019 and then reproduced for participation in the July 2020 Scottsdale/Kingston Sister City Youth Arts Exchange. It is with great joy that now in 2021, the students and I can share this beautiful work with our Sister City, Scottsdale, and we look forward with equal joy, to sharing the works of Art and Design from the students of Scottsdale with the Kingston Community, later this summer. With Tremendous Thanks & Best Wishes Always, Karen Peperkorn, Creative Arts Focus Program.”


This exhibition is organized by the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, Scottsdale Public Library: Mustang Branch and Scottsdale Artists’ School.

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Scottsdale Young Artists & Authors Showcase 2021

2021 Theme “United in Hope” Student Art & Writing Competition

“United in Hope” Exhibit & Virtual Showcase -

April 16 - June 20, 2021

With this theme, we ask students to explore and share their insights for a more unified and peaceful world. Sister Cities aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. We invite students to share your creations with us and our friends around the world.

Virtual Award Ceremony: May 8th, 2:00-3:00 pm

Proudly presented by

Scottsdale Sister Cities Association

In partnership with
Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation 
Scottsdale Artists’ School


Categories: Visual Art, Essay, Poetry

Upcoming Teen Art & Writing Exchanges:
Kingston-Scottsdale, Marrakech-Scottsdale, Alamos-Scottsdale


The COVID-19 pandemic is a unique phenomenon in that it has affected every country around the globe. However, as is common in tragedy, hope shines through for those who persevere. Hope is a uniting force during this time as people struggle to cope with its ongoing effects and once again start to imagine a life without social distancing or wearing a mask. Indeed, the younger generation is capable of dreaming of a human existence that is even more dynamic, more advanced, and more resilient than ever before.

Students should explore the following questions through through the eyes of people who believe people to people international activities will make the world a better place and and include creative ways that we should stand together looking toward the future.

  • How can the next generation of youth ambassadors help communities respond during and after the pandemic?

  • In what ways does international experience affect an individual or community’s ability to stay hopeful?

  • What are some examples or illustrations of coming together and celebrating our hope in humanity and its future?

  • What are some unique ways that your culture has proven to be hopeful during the past year?





SSCA partners with Scottsdale Artists’ School by reaching out into the community and beyond with Art Shows, Exchanges, and Art Activity Booths! Our first Annual Kingston-Scottsdale Teen Art Exchange was launched in 2019-20 and we look forward to many more!

Art Exchanges


Art shows


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MUSTANG LIBRARY – “EXPLORING RADIATING FORMS When Trees Become Paper & Paper Becomes Flowers”

This special exhibition features artwork created by five groups of youth students from Scottsdale Artists School & it's Youth & Outreach Programs. Led by Artist Holly Lynn Schineller, students used discarded or reclaimed card stock and paper folding techniques to explore REPETITION, RADIATION & SYMMETRY & to create these flower-like forms. This exhibition is organized by Scottsdale Mustang Public Library, Scottsdale Artists’ School. 

Upcoming Shows...

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Upcoming Shows...

April - June 2021 "Unity of Hope" Scottsdale's 32nd Annual Young Artists & Authors Showcase; SSCA partners with Scottsdale Arts & Scottsdale Artists' School. Selections from Alamos & Marrakech students included! Exhibit at ArtReach Space Gallery at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts


June - July 2021 “Kingston-Scottsdale Teen Art Exchange” at Mustang Library

July - August 2021 "Images of Art" by artists of Uasin Gishu, Kenya at Mustang Library

Sept - October 2021 "Images of Art" by artists of Marrakech, Morocco at Mustang Library

Past Shows...


In partnership with Scottsdale Sister Cities Association and The Alliance Française, youth art from Canada and Scottsdale on display through February-March 2020.

Annual Young Artists & Authors Showcase 2020

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.

Scottsdale Sister Cities Association

Young Artists Showcase 2020

“One World: Out of Many, We Are One” 

ArtReach Space Gallery

Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts







Results are in!

1st Place: Eike Mussig Contreras, "We Are One"

2nd Place: Dana Corbo, "Teamwork Set in Stone"

3rd Place: Madeline Lafflam, "Not Everything is Black or White"

Click here to see full results


In these times of uncertainty, isolation, and disruption, our communities struggle to maintain positive connections and optimism. Our friends and colleagues in sister cities around the world seem further away than ever. The realization that they are experiencing the same COVID-19 crisis brings to mind how true it is, that in this world, we are many, and we are one. More than ever, we see the urgency for our nations to work together in harmony, lifting each other up, encouraging compassion, and defining resiliency. 


Building bridges of international understanding and goodwill, the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association (SSCA) serves as citizen ambassadors, creating networks and partnerships with eight sister cities around the world. Through student programs and educational, cultural, and business exchanges, SSCA aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time. 


The SSCA Young Artists and Authors Showcase encourages teens to express this mission through original artwork and literature. Scottsdale students are invited to interpret an annual theme and compete in the local showcase. Participating artists and award winners are celebrated with this exhibition, with the First Place winner advancing to the international competition in Washington, D.C. Winning entries at the international level are displayed at the Sister Cities International Conference and travel in a yearlong tour throughout the United States.


This year's theme, “One World: Out of Many, We Are One,” asks students to explore creative ways that we create peace through people-to-people interaction. In what ways can different nations come together during a time of physical separation? We turn to our creative youth and their forward-thinking ideals to hopefully bring us closer to a unified world.


This exhibition is organized by the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association, Scottsdale Artists’ School, and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.


1st Place*: $175 / 2nd Place: $125 / 3rd Place: $100 / Honorable Mention: Certificate / Accepted for Show: Certificate

*1st Place entries are advanced to the Sister Cities International competition in April 2020 

For complete information and other requirements, please refer to website 

Questions: email Sandra Zally at or call 480-584-6301.