Mayor A. George Pradel and members of the Sister Cities Commission will present the Neuqua Valley High School (NVHS) student with an award for her work in the 2012 Sister Cities International Young Artists Showcase competition at 10:50AM on Wed., Sept. 19 at NVHS, 2360 95th St.
Demski will receive a certificate from Sister Cities International and a monetary award from the Naperville Sister Cities Commission for placing as a top ten finalist in the competition, which featured thousands of entries from around the world.
This year is the first time that an entry from a Naperville student was named as a finalist in the international competition. Demski’s artwork, titled “What Could Have Been,” was the first place winner in the Naperville Young Artists Showcase held earlier this year.
The 2012 Young Artists Showcase contest theme was “Youth as the Catalyst for Change.” Entrants were asked to use artwork to express how communication, technology and individual initiative can lead to dramatic social change. Submissions could highlight an experience with social media, how a youth is creating change in his or her community or how global communication and exchange has had an impact on one’s life. Approximately 50 pieces of artwork from students in Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204 were entered into the local contest.
The Sister Cities Commission will host the traveling exhibit of the Young Artists Showcase finalists’ work at sites throughout Naperville until mid-October. The exhibit is current on display at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., through September 14, before being moved to the Sister Cities tent for display during the Riverwalk Art Fair on September 15 and 16.
For more information on the Sister Cities Commission, visit www.naperville.il.us/sistercities.aspx.