Annual Young Artists & Authors Showcase

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.

“One World: Out of Many, We Are One” 

Scottsdale Sister Cities Association — Young Artists Showcase 2020

ArtReach Space Gallery, Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

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.


Art Competition:

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

Writing Competition:

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

*1st Place entry for art and writing will be advanced to the Sister Cities International competition in April 2019. 

Results are in!

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

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

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

Click here to see full results

Access the 100% online exhibition:


For complete information and other requirements, please refer to website 

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


Scottsdale Artists’ School is reaching out into the community and beyond with Art Shows, Exchanges, and Art Activity Booths! 

Art Exchanges

Art shows


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

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 EPETITION, RADIATION & SYMMETRY & to create these flower-like forms. This exhibition is organized by Scottsdale Mustang Public Library, Scottsdale Artists’ School. 


Art activity booths

PEACE & COMMUNITY DAY, JAN 19, 12-4 – In partnership with the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, Teaching Artist Holly Schineller will share her talent at an art activity table “Peace in 3D” at the Scottsdale Arts Civic Center Park. 

SUNDAY A’FAIR FAMILY DAY, FEB 16, 12-4 – In partnership with the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, Teaching Artist Holly Schineller will share her talent at an art activity table “Desert Creatures, Reimagined” at the Scottsdale Arts Civic Center Park. 


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