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.
- Assists 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
County Kildare, Ireland
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 www.facebook.com/lexingtonsistercities.
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 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]
Newsletter [.PDF] - For information and articles associated with the Lexington Sister Cities program, we encourage you to read the newsletter.
Sister Cities International Web Site
2016 Calendar of Events