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Art from Raleigh Sister Cities opened to great acclaim!

Over 100 guests enjoyed the vibrant and diverse paintings, drawings and photographs provided by 17 artists from our Sister Cities to the Betty Ray McCain Gallery at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Mayor Nancy McFarlane lauded the efforts of Raleigh Sister Cities in bringing this international art exhibit to Raleigh.

The exhibit will be open to the public through July 2016. Most exciting, the art is for sale with prices ranging from $150 to $3,300. The gallery will be open for First Friday's, special showings (check our Facebook page) and by appointment. Contact Marjorie Salzman with questions.
Raleigh Marker Project Update

On April 19, RSC hosted a workshop for the general public to discuss the idea of developing a mile marker or signpost somewhere in Raleigh to celebrate our 30th anniversary and to help familiarize the community with our organization and mission. The workshop was lead by a panel of arts and community advocates and resulted in further definition of what we seek to do and how. 

The group agreed on the concept of a "Marker" because it builds on the concepts of linkage, identification and awareness; because markers reflect variety, time, and place; and because markers can be ephemeral or permanent. The workshop concluded with the following concept:

·        we should start with developing an image of A MARKER THAT WOULD BE REPRESENTATIVE OF OUR GOAL OF INTRODUCING PEOPLE TO OUR FIVE SISTER CITIES;
·        we should identify at least 5 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS AROUND THE CITY to install the Marker;
·        the markers should be thought of as TEMPORARY;
·        we should seek community participation in the DESIGN over the NEXT 4 MONTHS; and
·        we should seek funding, sponsorship and installation  of the initial Markers over the following 6 MONTHS.

It was further agreed that we should seek community input through the Urban Design Center of the City of Raleigh at a session on an upcoming First Friday and we should seek the support of the community in the design and furthering the project through participation in an event during SPARKCON in September, 2016.

We are currently working with the Raleigh Urban Design Center and SPARKCON to implement these recommendations.  If you would like to help, please contact us.  Remember, this will only happen with your support. 
A Trade & Cultural Delegation
 
The Xiangyang Committee is working hard on finalizing the details of a trade and cultural delegation from Raleigh to Xiangyang, China. Letters have been sent to last year's conference attendees to invite them to visit our China sister city for the week of July 4, 2016.

Once we receive confirmations of the businesses that wish to go to China, our China contacts plan to invite business and government officials of interest to the NC businesses to meet. We will also visit our Xiangyang, China Sister City school.

Attendees are members of the Xiangyang Committee including James Montague, committee chair, Wonza Montague, plus Shizhan Yuan, Robyn Coward and Judith Carroll-Gardner are hosting the businesses for this trip.
Raleigh Ringers
 
As part of the 30th anniversary year celebrations, the Compiegne Committee has helped to arrange a concert to be held in Compiegne on June 6. The world renowned Raleigh Ringers Handbell Choir will perform at L'Eglise Antoine following tours of Compiegne and the surrounding area, a reception at the City Hall hosted by the Vice Mayor and a dinner in a Compiegne home hosted by the head of the Raleigh committee there. The concert is part of a larger tour by the Raleigh Ringers that includes concerts and performances in the American Cathedral in Paris and performances in London.

In preparation for the trip, the Compiegne Committee hosted a reception at the home of Judith Carroll Gardner for members of the Raleigh Ringers who had the opportunity to meet those of you who have been to Compiegne and to brush up on their key French phrases!  On May 22, the Raleigh Ringers performed at Meymandi Hall where they held their annual Silent Auction among the works of Art From Our Sister Cities.
Upcoming Events - Follow us on Facebook to see the most up-to-date event details and RSVP.:

June 1 - Board Meeting
June 3 - First Friday Art From Sister Cities
June 4 - Cycle for Xiangyang
June 19 - Raleigh/Rostock Student Exchange

Don't have access to Facebook? Contact us!
It's Time to Cycle the Cities

The RSC Bicycle group will ride in honor of its Chinese Sister City on Saturday, June 4. Ride will begin at Mordecai Historic Park Visitors Center at 9:00 a.m. for the 25 mile ride, and 10:00 a.m. for the 12-15 mile ride. We ride mostly on the greenway and low trafficked streets.  

Cyclists finish with lunch at a downtown eatery featuring Chinese/Asian food. Questions? Contact us at info@raleighsistercities.org.
Rooted in Ruskin
 
The Hull Committee will be a part of Hull City of Culture project: Rooted in Ruskin. This program is an exploration of community gardens and growing spaces, using the teachings of philosopher and artist, John Ruskin, to interpret the trend of urban farming through arts project with local people. RSC will partner with the Capital City Camera Club and with the CAM-associated urban sketching group at selected community gardens and open spaces. Participants will produce photos and sketches with the help of the volunteer photo and sketch artists. The results will be included in a virtual exhibition with the art of others in Hull. Stay tuned for more details about where to view the virtual exhibition!
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