On Wednesday, April 29, the Santa Clarita Valley International Program announced the winners of the annual Young Artists and Young Authors Showcase at City Hall.
Sponsored by Sisters Cities International, local youth were encouraged to enter pieces that reflected how exchanges of people and ideas facilitate community development and educational opportunities. Submissions illustrated the long-term impact that exchanges have had on the participant or his or her community.
City Manager Ken Striplin greets the crowd at Monday’s awards ceremony and talk about the importance of the program.
On display were works of art and essays from the local youth as well as contest winners from the Philippine city of Sariaya, one of Santa Clarita’s two sister cities.
Cassidy Oliver’s mom (left) accepts the award for her daughter’s artwork, titled “Colors,” Claudio Acosta-Junqueira, president of the SCV International Program and from Assistant City Manager Frank Oviedo.
Sisters Cities International is a non-profit organization that fosters partnerships among communities around the globe to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. Currently, the City of Santa Clarita has two international Sister Cities in Tena, Ecuador and Sariaya, Philippines.
Go to the City’s Flickr page to check out the full gallery of the event.