March 30, 2018 – Sister Cities of Houston – Youth Talent Showcase 2018

*New Deadline – Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 5:00 pm*
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Additional Information (in PDF):
Young Authors Entry Form and Guidelines

Young Artist Entry Form and Guidelines

Youth Contest Flier

February 7, 2018 – White House Press Release

As the Honorary Vice Chairwoman for Sister Cities International, Second Lady Karen Pence participated in a meeting and cultural presentation of the Youth Ambassador Exchange, a program through the Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City Relationship. Mrs. Pence met with the Mayor of Chiba-city, Toshihito Kumagai, five middle school students from last year’s Youth Ambassador Exchange program, and the teacher who served as the chaperone for the exchange program.

The annual Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program is considered to be one of the most important elements of the sister city relationship. In alternating years, middle school students, along with a chaperone, visit their counterpart’s city. The meeting opened with Mayor Kumagai offering greetings from Chiba-city, Japan and Mrs. Pence offering greetings from the United States.

The meeting included a presentation by the five Japanese students who participated in the Youth Ambassador Exchange program. Mrs. Pence learned about the students’ visit to Houston last year where they met with city officials, attended classes at a Houston middle school, and toured local sights. Through the stories shared, Mrs. Pence gained an understanding of what it is was like for the students to experience home and school life in a culture different from their own.

“The Houston, Texas-Chiba Sister City relationship is a 45-year relationship, bringing together cities and people to experience each other’s culture,” said Mrs. Karen Pence. “It was an honor and pleasure to visit with the Mayor, students, and their chaperone. This was a great opportunity to represent the United States and continue the cultural relationship between our country and Japan.”

After participation in the sister city presentation, Mrs. Pence visted the Hama-rikyu Gardens in Tokyo. She was joined by Mrs. Chikako Aso, wife of Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso. Together, they enjoyed the beautiful views of the gardens. Following the tour, the Second Lady met with Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

On Thursday, Mrs. Pence will visit the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Yokota Air Base where she will meet with military spouses.

To stay updated on Mrs. Pence’s events, follow her on Twitter at, @SecondLady.

About Houston-Chiba Sister City Relationship

The Houston, Texas—Chiba City, Japan sister city relationship was established in 1972. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) invited to Japan a Houston delegation. The delegation approached the Japan Municipal League for International Friendship to ask about partnering with a Japanese city. Houston and Chiba City identified a number of shared interests and characteristics, for example, both are important port cities with strong industrial bases. After consideration and their respective municipal approvals, on October 24, 1972, the cities executed a sister-city agreement.

The official press release can be found here:


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  • Houston-Huelva Sister City Association – Spain and Benjamin Franklin’s influence to support the American Revolution
    All day

    Spain and Benjamin Franklin’s influence to Support the American Revolution

    Join us for an event related to the important relationship between Spain and the USA! The high point of the day will be an examination of Benjamin Franklin’s Influence on Spain to support the American Revolution presented by Dr. Thomas E. Chavez.

    Dr. Chavez will discuss Benjamin Franklin from his early correspondence with the Prince of Spain through his election as an honorary member of the Spanish Royal Academy of History. Franklin, whom the Spanish always referred to as Dr. Franklin, corresponded and negotiated with Spanish officials and intellectuals. The success of Franklin’s encounters with Spain led directly to the establishment of the United States and effectively hid the record of his efforts from common knowledge. A whole new and refreshing side to the story is housed in the archives of Spain.


    Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 3:00 to 6:00 PM

    Rice University – Herring Hall, Room 100
    6100 Main St,
    Houston, TX , 77005

    Self-paid parking, Central Campus Garage, under McNair Hall (Jones School of Business)

  • Sister Cities of Houston – Youth Talent Showcases 2017
    All day

    Art – Poetry – Essays – Film – Photography

    You are invited to compete in one, some or all of these Youth Talent Showcases.

    Deadline: 5pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

    Houston Grand Prize: $300
    National Grand Prize: $1,000

    Deadline for the National competition is May 1, 2017.

    Find more information about the national competition at

    Sister Cities Houston pays national competition fees and delivery costs for Houston grand prize winners.

    Contacts for for questions and submissions for each competition category:

    Young Artists, Young Authors, Young Filmmakers, Photography.

  • Houston-Taipei Society – Taiwan “Night” Market in Houston
    All day

    Houston-Taipei Society members and family enjoyed the Taiwan “night” market style festivities in Houston.

    Where: 5885 West Point Drive, Houston, Texas 77036

    Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Time: HTS members aim to be there at 11:00 AM if you wish to join former HTS president, Jackson Chang for a brief intro of this popular Taiwanese experience (meet at building entry), but actual festivities are from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

    Additional information: Carpooling is recommended, no RSVP is needed, no admission fees. For more info visit (info also on the HTS website

  • Sister Cities of Houston – April Board Meeting
    All day

    East West Bank/Conference Room – On the last Tuesday of each month, the Board of Directors of Sister Cities of Houston meet to discuss ongoing business and initiatives. The Board is composed of five elected members of the Executive Committee, four at large board members and one ex officio representative from each Sister City organization.

  • Houston-Tampico Sister City Association – Boom in Tierra Mexicana! Photo Gallery
    All day

    The Houston-Tampico Sister City Association cordially invites you to the opening ceremony of: Boom in Tierra Mexicana!

    Selected historical photographs of the first oil boom in Mexico from 1900-1930 will be on view from April 27-May 25, 2017.

    Marco Bracamontes, curator.

    Opening reception:
    Date: Wednesday May 3, 2017
    Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
    Location: Williams Tower Gallery
    Address: 2800 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, Texas 77056
    Parking: Williams Tower structure adjacent to the building

    Generously supported by:
    Santa Fe Natural Gas – Alpha Deepwater Services
    Marcos y Asociados – Rodriguez Davalos Abogados
    City of Houston – BDO

    (281) 793-8577

  • Houston-Tampico Sister City Association presents “Destination CDMX”
    All day

    Houston-Tampico Sister City Association invites you to the opening ceremony of “Destination CDMX” (“Destino CDMX”).

    Selected images of the history of tourism from the U.S. to Mexico City from 1873-1957.

    Marco Bracamontres, curator

    Opening reception:
    Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017
    Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

    Houston City Hall
    901 Bagby St.
    Houston, Texas 77002

    Free street parking after 6:00 pm

    Generously supported by:
    University of Houston
    City of Houston

    In memory of Professor of Tourism Rodolfo Casparius (U of H)

    (281) 793-8577

  • Application deadline for Sister Cities International 2017 Annual Awards
    All day

    The deadline for the Sister Cities International 2017 Annual Awards is April 30, 2017. There is no fee to apply. This is a great opportunity to highlight your sister city program’s achievements and bring international recognition to your community’s contribution to citizen diplomacy.

    Award categories include:
    •Best Overall
    •Innovation in Arts & Culture
    •Economic Development
    •Humanitarian Assistance, and
    •Youth & Education Volunteer of the Year, and Youth Leadership.

    Award winners will be honored during our 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA July 13-16, 2017.
    All applications are due April 30, 2017.