The city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Sister Cities Program, in partnership with Sister Cities International, are honored to host the winners and finalists of the 2019 Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS). The art exhibit is on display through Feb. 27 in the Old Town Newhall Library.

The exhibit will feature the essay “Similarities and Differences” by Saugus High student Katherine Denzin, which is a thoughtful piece on embracing diversity, finding common ground and using technology to bring individuals together globally.

Organizers suggest the best way to support local art and literature is by stopping by for free food, music and inspiration from young creative minds around the world.

The theme “Global Citizens: Resilient Communities,” with each creative piece highlighting the importance of diplomacy and innovative ways an individual and community achieve peace through people-to-people interactions.

The Young Artists and Authors Showcase is Sister Cities International’s (SCI) annual contest to encourage youth around the world to express SCI’s mission through art, literature and photography. SCI’s mission is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation through programs, exchanges, community and worldwide engagement—one individual, one community at a time.

For more information about current and upcoming exhibits in Santa Clarita, visit santaclaritaarts.com. To learn more about the Santa Clarita Sister Cities Program, visit santa-clarita.com/SisterCities, and on Sister Cities International, visit SisterCities.org.