HOT SPRINGS -- Garland County high school students between the ages of 13 and 19 are invited to participate in Sister Cities International’s Annual Young Artist and Author Showcase. Students from Hanamaki, Japan, Hot Springs’ sister city, will also participate in the art competition, co-sponsored by the Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation and the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs. The entry deadline is March 17.
Using the theme “Connect globally, thrive locally,” young artists and authors can submit original artwork and writing to the Fine Arts Center, 626 Central Avenue, by 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Art entries must be matted with the individual application taped on the back of each entry. The Fine Arts Center is open from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
There is no entry fee for the local contest. All entries will be displayed at the Fine Arts Center throughout the month of April. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. First place winning entries from Hanamaki and Hot Springs will be sent to Sister Cities International for national competition, with entry fees paid by the Sister City Foundation. If selected as a national finalist, the artwork will be displayed at SCI’s Annual Conference in San Jose, CA and then go on tour selected sister city locations for one year. Grand prize at the SCI competition is $1000 cash. Entry forms and information can be found on the Sister City Program page of the City of Hot Springs’ website at www.cityhs.net . For information, contact Sister City Program Coordinator Mary Neilson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 545-6960.