CLIMATESCAPE: Resilient Cities for Tomorrow’s Climate

Sister Cities of Long Beach holds an annual competition, YAAS, to encourage young artists to express the values of international friendship and cultural exchange through artwork, photography, music, literature, and poetry. Winner’s submissions will advance to the Sister Cities International global competition.

We are thrilled to announce that the 2024 Young Artists and Authors Showcase theme will be “ClimateScape: Resilient Cities for Tomorrow’s Climate.” This theme not only aligns with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda but also resonates deeply with Sister Cities of Long Beach’s commitment to fostering cooperation among cities.

We invite young artists and authors to delve into the pressing challenges of climate change and its profound impact on cities. The theme encourages students to unleash their creativity and showcases the transformative power of resilient cities that can adapt and flourish in the face of a changing climate.

Let your imagination soar as you shape the vision of a climate-resilient future, strengthened through collaboration and solidarity among urban communities worldwide!

Submission Deadline: May 27, 2024


  • Students must be between 13 and 18 years of age at the time of the 2024 deadline.
  • Student entries must be submitted through Sister Cities of Long Beach.
  • All entries must conform to Sister Cities of Long Beach policy on plagiarism found here.
  • All entries must be submitted and received with a completed application by May 27, 2024. Submit entries by uploading them along with the application below.
  • No student may enter submissions into more than one category.
  • Submission categories:
      1. Classic Art
      2. Digital Art
      3. Photography
      4. Music
      5. Literature
      6. Poetry


  • Photographs of all artists’ work (in the case of the Musicians Showcase, artists’ names and names of the pieces) will be published to Sister Cities of Long Beach website.
  • The local 1st place winner for each category wins $250.
  • The local 2nd place winner for each category wins $150.
  • The local 3rd place winner for each category wins $100.
  • Local winning entries will be submitted to the International Competition.
  • Each International category’s Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000.
  • Each International category’s 2nd Place Winner will receive $250.
  • Each International category’s 3rd Place Winner will receive $100.
  • International winners will be announced at the Youth Leadership Summit.