Arianna Creasman of Bethel High School wins Sister Cities of Hampton art contest
Arianna Creasman, an 11th grade student at Bethel High School, has been selected as the local winner of the Young Artists art contest through Sister Cities of Hampton. Her piece is titled Sunflower Skies. Arianna’s artist statement below explains her interpretation of the Young Artists and Authors Showcase theme, “United in Hope.”
“Inspired by communication during the pandemic, I took a spin on video calls. Many different people were affected, but despite hardships, joy from loved ones inspired us to keep going. Handing sunflowers to each other despite a barrier symbolizes hope exchanged.”
The winning entry has been submitted to Sister Cities International for the national competition.
“Arianna is not only a hardworking student, she is also highly talented and creative,” said Bethel art teacher Ai Choo Ashe. “She approaches each project with enthusiasm, asks for feedback and uses constructive feedback to refine her work. When asked to participate in the Sister Cities' Young Artists Showcase, Arianna rose to the challenge and delivered an incredible work of art that successfully illustrated this year's theme of ‘United in Hope’.”
Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for Sister City programs in nearly 500 communities, with relationships in over 2,000 communities in more than 140 countries. They provide members with a number of programs to support them in promoting citizen diplomacy, peace and understanding through exchanges that focus on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development.
The Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) is an annual contest that encourages youth worldwide to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, photography, and music for both original and reinterpreted pieces. Entries are judged on originality, composition, and theme interpretation.
Hampton City Schools has previously had two national first place winners and three national honorable mention winners. Good luck to Arianna in this year’s national competition!