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Lexington Sister Cities Commission

Lexington Sister Cities Commission

 200 East Main Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Tel: (859) 258-3137
Fax: (859) 425-2053

Kay Sargent
Executive Director 

Sarah Martin
Assistant Director


A Sister City relationship is created when an American community joins with a community in another nation to develop friendly and meaningful exchanges. The ideal affiliation involves a large number of citizens and organizations in both communities engaged in continuing projects of mutual interest. The Sister City program as a national concept was launched at the White House in 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower called for massive exchanges between Americans and the people of other lands. This was his way of helping to promote world peace. Hundreds of American cities responded and Lexington was one of the first when it twinned with Deauville, France in 1957. Sister Cities International is a tax-exempt, non-profit association headquartered in Washington, D.C. and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The national association provides a mechanism for U.S. cities to enter this program by assisting them in the process of linking with a city in another country.

The Lexington Sister Cities Commission: 

  • Oversees and assists the Deauville, France, County County Kildare, Ireland, Shinhidaka, Japan and Newmarket, England committees with projects and programs.
  • Assists the government in proper reception of the many foreign visitors and dignitaries who frequent the Lexington area annually.
  • Lexington Sister Cities Logo 2014Assists the government in International trade relations and promotion.
  • Assists the government and its agencies in tourism and travel promotion on the International and National levels.
  • Maintains direct contact with Sister Cities International and intiates contact with networking agencies in the Lexington area and the state.
  • Informs and educates the public concerning the operation of the Commission and the active programs.
  • Assists other cities in Kentucky participating in the sister Cities program.

The Sister Cities Program offers the opportunity to:

  • Learn about and participate in International relations.
  • Experience other cultures, language, art, music and ideas.
  • Understand the economics of world trade and tourism and increase our international business partnerships.
  • Participate in cooperative community programs based on diversity.

 Lexington's Sister Cities

France.gif Deauville, France


Ireland.gif County Kildare, Ireland


Japan.gif Shinhidaka, Japan


England.gif Newmarket, England


Useful Links/Information

Youth & Education Programs

         2016 Summer Student Exchange Participants Announced

Lexington Sister Cities has selected 41 Students from across Fayette County and surrounding areas to participate in the 2016 Lexington Sister Cities Student Summer Exchange Programs to Deauville, France; County Kildare, Ireland; Shinhidaka, Japan and Newmarket, England.  

List of Students Participating

Student Exchange Applications

Young Artists Competition -   Quinn Maynard, a Lafayette High School student, was selected as the 2016 winner of the 28th Annual Sister Cities International Young Artists Competition.  The contest, sponsored by the John Irvin Central Bank Galleries and the Lexington Sister Cities Commission, was open to all Lexington students aged 13-18.  Second place winner was Lafayette student Lucy Morris, and third place winner was Nyla Clay, from Bryan Station.  The theme of the competition was “Peace through People”.  All entries will be on exhibit at the Central Bank Gallery through February 28, 2016.  To see the artwork from the 2016 Sister Cities Young Artist Competition, visit the John G. Irvin Galleries at Central Bank, or view them online on our Facebook page at

Young Authors Competition - Students, ages 13 - 18, who are interested in writing can enter the Sister Cities International author's contest. Submit an essay or poem for a chance to compete in the local and international competition, as well as win $1,000. 

Sister Cities 1st Annual Photography Challenge - This year, Sister Cities International will hold its 1st Annual Photography Challenge.  This contest will be held entirely using Instagram.  Photographers ages 13-22 can submit their pictures that relate to the theme “Peace through People.” 

Student Scholarship Applications

 French Internship

French Teaching Assistantship


Halfway to St. Patrick's Day

Sister Cities 4th Annual Golf Scramble - Lexington Sister Cities will hold its 4th Annual Golf Scramble at Connemara Golf Course. The outing will be a scramble format golf tournament with 4 member teams. Longest drive and closest to the hole contests will also be held, as well as a raffle and many door prizes. See our brochure.

Kroger Community Rewards Fundraiser - Instructions

Membership Application [.PDF]

Travel Opportunities

Newsletter [.PDF] - For information and articles associated with the Lexington Sister Cities program, we encourage you to read the newsletter.

Commission Members

Sister Cities International Web Site

2016 Calendar of Events



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