Naperville Sister Cities Commission to Honor Young Artists

‘Global Citizens: Resilient Communities’ Was Theme of This Year’s Contest

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Naperville’s Sister Cities Commission (SCC) invites the community to a reception honoring participants in the 2019 Young Artist Showcase. The reception, which demonstrates the amazing artistic talent of local middle and high school students, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at the Naperville Art League, 508 N. Center St. Naperville Councilwoman Patty Gustin will attend.

This year’s theme, “Global Citizens: Resilient Communities,” encouraged young artists between the ages of 13 and 18 to explore how individuals or communities anticipate, adapt and respond to adversity or challenges. Artists explored questions such as “How can internationally engaged future leaders help communities respond to the various global challenges of the 21st century?” and “How does international experience affect an individual or community’s ability to adapt?”

Submitted artwork will be on display at the March 15 reception and a finalist will be chosen to receive a $250 prize. Additionally, the finalist’s artwork will be submitted to Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C., for national, and potentially international, recognition. Five national and five international finalists will be selected to have their work displayed at Sister Cities International’s 2019 conference in Houston and in select cities around the United States.

The mission of Sister Cities International is “to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation — one individual, one community at a time.” For more information on the Sister Cities Commission, visit

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