Naperville Sister Cities Commission Accepting Entries for 2016 Young Artists Showcase

Entries due April 11; Gallery Show and Awards Ceremony is April 15

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Naperville’s Sister Cities Commission is encouraging young artists to submit their artwork into the 2016 Young Artists Showcase competition. Entries are due by Monday, April 11, with a gallery show and award ceremony planned for Friday, April 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Naperville Art League, 508 N. Center St.

This year’s theme, “Peace through People,” commemorates the 60th anniversary of Sister Cities International by celebrating its mission to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. Entrants are asked to use their artwork to express how people-to-people exchanges and citizen diplomacy build peace in their communities.

The Young Artists Showcase is open to Naperville residents and students between 13 and 18 years of age enrolled in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Indian Prairie School District 204, Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School, All Saints Catholic Academy or St. Raphael Catholic School. All completed artwork and entry paperwork should be brought to the Mayor’s Office at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 11.

All submitted artwork will be displayed at the April 15 awards ceremony where one finalist and one semi-finalist will receive awards. The finalist will have his or her artwork submitted to Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C. for national, and potentially international, recognition.

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