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Sister City student art exchange coming to Kingston

June 24, 2019 -

The City of Kingston is set to welcome a delegation from one of its sister cities, Scottsdale, AZ, this month. The visit comes as the cities recently kicked off their 25th anniversary of partnership with a special exhibit – the Sister City Teen Art Show – which saw artwork produced by Kingston students from the Limestone District School Board displayed at the Scottsdale Mustang Public Library.

This month's delegation will see a similar exhibit while they are in town. Artwork made by students from Scottsdale will be on display at a special exhibit of their own, this time at Kingston's Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, 370 King St. W. The exhibition, titled Global Citizens: Resilient Communities, opens on June 29 and runs until July 26. The exhibition is located at the end of the hallway on the second floor of the Tett Centre beside the Creativity Studios. The opening hours of the Tett Centre are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

"We're thrilled to welcome the delegation from Scottsdale and celebrate this exchange of student artwork," says Danika Lochhead, manager, arts and sector development with the City of Kingston. "This initiative is a great way to, not only mark 25 years of partnership with Scottsdale, but also to support up-and-coming artists in both of our cities, giving them an international platform to showcase their talent."

The Scottsdale delegation will be welcomed to City Hall by Mayor Paterson and community leaders on June 28. They will be given a guided tour of historic City Hall, visit the Tett Centre to view the exhibit and will participate in Kingston's Canada Day activities.

Local arts educator and founder of the Creative Arts Focus Program, Karen Peperkorn and former Kingston City Councillor and coordinator of the Kingston-Scottsdale Sister City Program, Sandy Berg, have led the recent engagement of this partnership.

About Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The organization serves 545 U.S. sister cities, counties, and states with partnerships in 145 countries, bringing together tens of thousands of citizen volunteer diplomats. Sister Cities International serves as a hub for best practices in the field of citizen diplomacy and strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.