Global Vision

Global vision: Hendersonville Sister Cities hosts a multimedia arts contest that gives students age 13-22 a chance for international exposure. ("The Red Thread," by Kianna Vallarde)

Hendersonville Sister Cities hosts a multimedia arts contest that gives students age 13-22 a chance for international exposure. (“The Red Thread,” by Kianna Vallarde)

In other young-artist news, Hendersonville Sister Cities recently announced it is sponsoring our area’s participation in the 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase, open to members of the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County and to all students in Henderson County. It’s an international competition that encourages submissions of visual art, essays, poems (ages 13-18) and short films or photography (ages 13-22) shaped around a humanitarian theme.

“Peace Through People” is this year’s theme, and contest rules urge students to express the idea in a personal manner. If the vision seems broad, the stakes are equally high: the grand-prize winner in each category receives $1,000, and the work of winners and finalists are incorporated as part of the Young Artists and Authors Showcase’s traveling tour. They’ll also be displayed at the 60th Annual Conference of Sister Cities International, held July 13-16 in Washington, D.C. (Hendersonville’s own sister cities are Almuñécar, Spain, and Verbania, Italy.)

“We’d love to see entries in all categories,” says Mike Swartzlander, president of Hendersonville Sister Cities.

$25 entry fee for films; all other categories are free. Deadline is April 15. Hendersonville Sister Cities will pay transportation costs to D.C. for any winner or finalist. The YAAS entry forms and submission guidelines can be found at www.sistercities.org/YAAS. Call Mike Swartzlander with questions: 828-393-7947.

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