By Isabella Bustanoby
Since 2005, AVPA Artists are honored each year as winners representing the Culver City Sister Cities Committee for their annual participation in the Sister Cities Young Artist Showcase, an international art competition. Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. AVPA artists created artwork based on their interpretation of the theme, “Art of Diplomacy”, what it means to them and how it affects their lives and celebrates the Sister Cities International mission. AVPA art students were able to reflect on their experiences and thoughts on what it means to live in a global world. As U.S. citizens live in an ever changing world, this has become an increasingly important issue.
This year, AVPA Art students and CCHS seniors, Isabella Bustanoby and Isabella Haro-Uchimura, were selected to speak on behalf of The Academy of Visual and Performing Art’s Visual Art Department to explain AVPA Art’s involvement with the Sister Cities Committee and to see the exhibited artworks at the Southern California Regional Sister Cities International meeting. The artwork adorned the walls, and the Presidents of the Southern California Sister Cities chapters enjoyed viewing all the artwork created by AVPA Art held at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
The AVPA Art students emphasized the positive impact of the art competition, explained their artwork, and the process of making art with diplomacy in mind. They discussed what inspired their works, what diplomacy means to them and how the opportunity to present artwork to the public in this manner is a privilege. Isabella Bustanoby summarizes, “Without this opportunity, we wouldn’t have been able to take the power of our artistic voices to the community at large. We wouldn’t have been able to meditate and focus on the importance of diplomacy in an era where we as high school students are determining so much of our nation’s future.” The AVPA Art Department is very thankful for being invited into a local, national, and international discussion, and are incredibly grateful for the Culver City Sister Cities Committee and their commitment to the youth of Culver City.” A very special thank you to Nancy Perdomo, President CCSCC.
- L-R: President, Culver City Sister Cities Committee Nancy Perdomo, Isabella Bustanoby, Isabella Haro-Uchimura
2) Isabella Bustanoby/Isabella Haro-Uchimura speaking to the SoCal Presidents Sister Cities Chapters
3) Isabella Bustanoby and her Sister Cities Young Artist Showcase Artwork Entry.
4) Isabella Haro-Uchimura and her Sister Cities Young Artist Showcase Artwork Entry