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“Food Security In My Community”

Award Ceremony and Reception, Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2 PM

Scottsdale Public Library Civic Center Branch

Exhibit from April 1 – April 30, 2023


Scottsdale Sister Cities Association is proud to present the 35th Annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase. This is an international contest that encourages youth worldwide to express our mission through original artwork and literature. Award winners from the Scottsdale Showcase will advance to the international competition.

Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time. This year’s theme is “Food Security In My Community.” Climate change has become an undeniably harsh reality in our lives, making the importance of raising awareness and taking action more essential every day.  As temperatures rise, water patterns are disrupted, ecosystems are disturbed, cultures are affected, and energy resources are proven to be unsustainable for long-term use. These ongoing changes impact our local and global communities in every aspect, and the younger generations are the key to tackling this global reality.

Through this year’s theme, young artists and writers were invited to create written and visual art which highlighted the impact of climate change on food production and food consumption.


This exhibition is a collaboration between Scottsdale Sister Cities Association,

Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale Artists’ School, and Scottsdale Unified School District.

Cairns - Scottsdale Art Exchange 2022

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“In and Around Our City” …A Sister Cities Exchange


CAIRNS EXHIBITION: September 14 – October 29, 2022

Opening Festivities Watch Party: September 16, 2022, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Scottsdale Artists' School



Urban Sketchers is a global network working to connect the world, one sketch at a time. Cairns Urban Sketchers is one of 335 chapters in over 360 countries.

This exhibition celebrates the 35th anniversary of our sister cities relationship with Scottsdale, Arizona, and will feature sketches of the two cities and surrounding areas by artists working in the environment. The subject matter and media used is as diverse as are our climates and environments.

The sketchers of the sister cities have never met, but they are linked by their mutual desire to sketch and paint outdoors in all weather and show Cairns, Scottsdale and the world how we interpret the beautiful place where we live!

On closing in Cairns, the exhibition will fly to Scottsdale to be shown at the Scottsdale Artists’ School.


Scottsdale artists may enter by filling out the entry form and dropping off art to Scottsdale Artists' School, 3720 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

SCOTTSDALE EXHIBITION: January-February, 2023

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featuring the award - winning art

by teen artists from 


Kingston Art Exchange 2021

Kingston to Scottsdale Teen Art Exchange 2021

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This special exhibition featured artwork created by students from our sister city Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In turn, the work of student artists from Scottsdale were placed on display at Kingston’s Tett Centre in August, 2021. 

“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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YAAS 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



























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"

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