Congratulations to this year’s Young Artists Showcase Winners for the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Public Schools!

2 Dimensional Art Category

1st Place –  #19, Alice Hood, 8th Grade AOIS, Stronger Together

 2nd Place –  #4, Jackson Stenger, 9th Grade Maury High School, Pharoah’s Eye

 3rd Place – #18, Lilah Edwards, 11th Grade Maury High School, United in Hope

Honorable Mention – #22, Isabella Mcdaniel, 8th Grade AOIS, A Warm Place

 Photography Category

1st Place – #31, Olivia Slater, 11th Grade Granby High School, Blind Faith

2nd Place – #33, Whitney Pierce, 11th Grade Granby High School, Peephole

 3rd Place – #27, Victoria Patterson, 10th Grade Granby High School, True Colors

Honorable Mention – #40, Prescillia Ervin, 11th Grade Granby High School, Love VA

 Literature Category

1st Place – #43, Addison Villanueva, 12th Grade Granby High School, My World

Despite COVID, Sister Cities International is able to continue the tradition of our beloved YAYA event by making everything virtual.  Norfolk Public Schools was able to collect submissions in the category of 2-D; photography and literature. You can view this year’s entries here:

In case you don’t know the details of the Sister Cities International Young Artist Showcase:

For decades, Sister Cities International has leveraged the power that art has to transform societies and transcend cultural boundaries through the Young Artists and Authors Showcase, or YAAS. The Showcase has given youth worldwide the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original art and literature.

This year’s theme will be “United in Hope”.

Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. The COVID-19 pandemic is a unique phenomenon in that it has affected every country around the globe. However, as is common in tragedy, hope shines through for those who persevere. Hope is a uniting force during this time as people struggle to cope with its ongoing effects and once again start to imagine a life without social distancing or wearing a mask. Indeed, the younger generation is capable of dreaming of a human existence that is even more dynamic, more advanced, and more resilient than ever before.

Students should explore the following questions through the lens of citizen diplomacy and include creative ways that we stand together looking toward the future.