Friday, February 22, 2013

Coming Events

Chinese Feature Film Series


Come early and visit Solos, Selby Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Part 2, Open 10-4.

Features works by scores of artists who had one-person shows in the gallery since 1986, including Helen Frankenthaler, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Lesley Dill, Joseph Rodriguez, Faith Ringgold, Greogory Amenoff, Heinz Lechner, Graciela Iturbide, Pat Stier, Tom Feelings and Milton Glaser.  The Gallery is located on MLK opposite the gate to the main campus.

The Basch Gallery’ exhibit Creative Spontaneity in Glass continues through March 23.  The Gallery is open from 10-4 Mon - Sat and is located in the same building as the film showing. 

Saturday (Feb 23) will be the last day of the Trustee Scholars show in The Willis A. Smith Galleries (also in the same building as the film showing).  Gallery open 10-4 Mon – Sat.

Thursday, Feb 21, 6-8 pm:
East-West College of Natural Medicine is having an Open House with complimentary acu-treatments, lectures, consultations, demos, and refreshments.  3808 N. Tamiami Trail (just north of Myrtle, east side of 41).  The College offers a 5-year Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and maintains both a student clinic and a professional clinic.  This is a good opportunity to become acquainted with EWC’s services if you are interested in Chinese medicine. 


Spring 2013
SATURDAY CHINESE FEATURE FILM SERIES

Ringling College of Art and Design / Academic Center Room 207
Admission is free.  All films have Mandarin sound-tracks and English subtitles.


February 23:  1:30 pm
The Message风声  
Directors Chen Kuofu 陈国and Gao Qunshu高群书,
2009.  118 min
Stars Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing 

In 1942 Japanese occupiers set up a puppet government in Nanjing, with the collaboration of the Nationalist Republic’s traitorous Vice President Wang Jingwei.  Many well-organized resistance movements sprang up for the purpose of assassinating both Chinese collaborators and leaders of the Japanese occupation.  Several successful high-level assassinations lead the Japanese to suspect a mole within their Anti-Insurgency Center.  The Japanese Intelligence Office abducts five Chinese suspects (three men and two women) and subjects them one-by-one to relentless interrogation and physical tortures in an attempt to elicit confessions that will reveal the identity of the mole and the resistance leader known as The Phantom.   A dark, suspenseful, and brutal spy thriller.
March 23:  1:30 pm

Little Red Flowers 看上去很美
Director Zhang Yuan 张元 , 2006.  92 min 

At a 1950s Beijing kindergarten boarding school for children of Party cadres, good behavior and conformity wins “little red flowers”.  A four-year old boy’s recalcitrance disrupts the equanimity of the staff and promotes various episodes of chaos.  Performances by the very young actors strain belief in this charming, poetic, and painful struggle between authoritarian control and resistance to it in the early days of socialist education in New China.  Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Wang Shuo, one of China’s irreverent contemporary writers. 

April 20:  1:30

The Mission
Director Johnny To杜琪 (Mandarin: Du Qifeng)
Hong Kong, 1999.  84 min. 

Five bodyguards hired to protect a triad boss from assassination by an unknown assailant accompany him wherever he goes.  They must act as a unit, and so they build a mutual loyalty resembling the sworn brotherhood (结义兄弟jieyi xiongdi) of traditional martial arts (wuxia 武侠).  Whenever the Boss comes under fire they successfully protect him.  But eventually they confront a situation in which loyalty to the Boss conflicts with loyalty to ‘the brotherhood’.  The cinematography soars to a level of visual elegance that transcends its mundane subject matter.  Color is low key – and in long shots the five often appear as black silhouettes, each focused on a different point – like living Giacometti sculptures.  Extreme close-ups that encourage empathy are absent.  The soundtrack is effective and elegant.  Considered by many critics to be this director’s best film.


Series is designed and hosted by Dr. Carolyn Bloomer to supplement her Cross-Cultural Perspectives course Modern China,
Co-sponsored by the Gulfcoast Chinese American Association. and the Sarasota Chapter of the U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association.
For more information contact: cbloomer@c.ringling.edu.

Location:  Campus of Ringling College of Art and Design in the new Academic Building on the west side of Old Bradenton Road south of Martin Luther King Boulevard.  The building is #34 on the campus map available on line at 

Gentle Reminder - One World Gala RSVP Deadline Near


The 2013 One World Gala will be at the prestigious Sarasota Bay Club at 6:30 pm on Sunday, March 3.  This event is the major fund raiser for our Sarasota Sister City program.  The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota is a 501 (3) c non-profit charity and our funding comes solely from membership dues, grants and donations.  It is the One World Gala that allows us to accomplish are role as the international of the City of Sarasota and meet the goals established by President Eisenhower who was responsible for the founding of Sister.  The 2013 One World Gala is our kickoff event to recognize our 50th anniversary as a citizen diplomacy organization.

Join us as we honor our individual One World Award individual winner Lou Ann Palmer and One World Award organization winner Sarasota Christian School.  Funding resulting from our gala is what allowed us to bring 27 young ladies known as the NOOA Dancers from Tel Mond, Israel to Sarasota for multiple performances in Sarasota schools and the public in December, provided the support for our Sister City winners of the Florida Studio Theater annual young playwrights competition in May, visits from city officials from Vladimir, Russia, Perpignan, France and Dunfermline, Scotland.  This year we around counting on funds raised from the 2013 for assist in our hosting a major 3-day  conference in Sarasota in November that result in college and high school students from our Sister Cities with experts from universities and organizations in those cities and those in our region. 

Please RSVP to attend our 2013 One World Gala as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, recognize community leaders who best emulate the vision of President Eisenhower and provide us with the funding necessary for our remaining 2013 program.  If you are unable to attend, please consider making a One World donation to support our outreach initiatives. 

Details on how to RSVP or donate follow:

2013 One World International Award Dinner
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 6:30 PM
Please reply by February 20, 2013

Name________________________________________________________

Address______________________________________________________

City____________________________State________Zip_____________

Phone_______________________ Email__________________________

YES, I/We will attend _____         (A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible)
________ Guest Ticket (s)                        $125/person                       Total $___________

________ Patron Ticket (s)           $250/person                       Total $___________

________ Table Host- Table for 8 @$1,000/per table   Total $_________

Sorry, we are unable to attend, but wish to make a donation for this fund drive    Total $__________

Make check payable to SSCA or Sarasota Sister Cities Association
& mail to:

Sarasota Sister Cities Association
City Hall
1565 First St
Sarasota, FL 34275

Charge Card Options:

_____ MC _____ Visa _____  Amex _____Discover

Card No.__________________________________________ CVC_____ Exp.__________

Signature__________________________________________ Zip Code___________


Meal selection and seating preferences.
complete Guest Names and corresponding Meal Choice for this reservation:

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___





Things to do in Sarasota

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sustainability Conference


Sustainability through Renewable Energy and Aquaculture
November 13-15, 2013
University of South Florida-Sarasota/Manatee

PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Raymond Young, Ph.D., Chair, Harry Dunn, Gloria Grenier, Dave Harralson, Ph.D., John Buechler, Ph.D., Erin Martin, Ph.D., Andrew Ezzell 

BACKGROUND
One of the major missions of Sarasota Sister Cities Assn. Inc. (SSCA) is to foster international relationships between Sarasota and its sister cities through exchanges in areas of culture and education.  SSCA’s objective is to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy. In furtherance of this objective, SSCA is planning a three day conference on “Sustainability Through Renewable Energy and Aquaculture” for November 13-15, 2013 at the University of South Florida – Sarasota/Manatee.  The goal of the conference is to bring together both professionals and students from Sarasota area institutions and institutions located in our Sister Cities in a forum based on Sustainability.  

OBJECTIVES
The program is near final form and the three major objectives of the conference will explore the following:



  • Sustainability, exploring issues such as sustainability concepts, sustainability management, sustainable agriculture, and energy transfer and distribution
  • Renewable Energy Alternatives, exploring such issues as new developments in solar energy, photovoltaics, fuels from biomass and ocean wave technology.
  • Sustainability of Ocean Resources, exploring such issues as closed-circuit, non-polluting aquaculture, aquaculture of giant prawns, sturgeon, and caviar.

PRESENTERS & PARTICIPANTS


The topics for the conference will emphasize expertise in the Sarasota area as well as in our Sister Cities.  Additional subject area expertise will be provided by outside speakers.  A special student session is planned where local and sister city college and high school students will have the opportunity to interact through both poster and summary oral presentations.  Area high schools will include Pineview (solar energy), Riverview (aquaculture), Booker, Suncoast Polytechnical and Sarasota High School.

Regional presentations are planned from the University of South Florida, State College of Florida, Ringling College of Arts & Design, and University of Florida-Extension in the areas of Sustainability; from Florida Solar Energy Center, Florida Inst. of Technology and the USDA in the area of Renewable Energy and from Mote Marine Laboratories and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in Aquaculture.  This will be complimented by Sister City presentations in these topic areas from University of Perpignan, Perpignan, France, 
Carnegie College, Dunfermline, Scotland, Autonomous University of the Yucatan, Merida, Mexico, The Interdisciplinary Center, Tel Mond, Israel, University of Padua, Treviso, Italy and Jimei University, Xiamen, China.  It is planned that a professional speaker from each of the sister city institutions will be accompanied by several college and/or high school students for participation in the conference.  Additional tours will be provided for the sister city delegates.


Additional attendees to the conference would include students and professors from area colleges and high schools, employees of government and public institutions, Mote Marine, energy firms, green architects and interested Sarasota general public.






Sunset on Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida





Siesta on a better day






photo (Paulina Mażewska)



Friday, February 8, 2013

Sister Cities International

 
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Sister Cities International

E-Newsletter
02.06.2013

IN THIS ISSUE

Annual Awards Nominations Open!

2013 Sino-African Initiative Conference

Accepting Applications for Open Positions on the Board of Directors

2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

USMSCA 50th Anniversary Convention

Feb 09, 2013
Palo Alto Neighbors Abroad "Around the World in Six Cities"
Feb 12, 2013
Denver Sister Cities International Setsubum Festival
Feb 21, 2013
Sister Cities Association of Cary Board Meeting

http://www.cafepress.com/sistercitiesinternational







Opportunity for Your Program to Shine!



Sister Cities International Annual Awards
Nominations for the Sister Cities International Annual Awards are now open! The Sister Cities International Annual Awards highlight your sister city program's achievements and brings international recognition to your community's contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. Established in 1962, the Annual Awards recognize exceptional sister city programs.
Applications for the Annual Awards recognizing achievements in the year 2012 are now open in the categories: Best Overall Program, Innovation, Volunteer of the Year, and Youth Leadership. Current dues-paying members of Sister Cities International with at least one formally recognized sister city partnership are eligible to apply for the Awards.

A panel of judges will review the entries and the winners will be honored at the 57th Sister Cities International Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 12-13, 2013.

Click here to get started on nominating your program today! Deadline for application is Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Please note that all submissions MUST be submitted electronically this year. Please review the details on eligibility, rules and regulations, submission requirements, and evaluation before submitting the electronic entry form.


2013 Sino-African Initiative Conference



2013 Sino-African Initiative Conference

Sister Cities International hosted the 2013 Sino-African Initiative Conference in Nairobi, Kenya from January 31-February 1. The Conference, on the theme of “Urban Service Delivery in Public Health and Waste Management,” was part of Sister Cities International’s two-year, $1.5 million Sino-African Initiative (SAI) Program.

Sister Cities International President and CEO Mary D. Kane, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries Vice-President Xie Yuan, and Inter Region Economic Network and Eastern Africa Sister Cities Director James Shikwati were present at the Conference along with local officials and academics as well as representatives from the three selected SAI trilateral partnerships:
  • Osogbo, Nigeria - Asheville/Raleigh, United States - Xiangyang, China.
  • Zomba, Malawi - Urbana, United States - Haizhu district, China.
  • Nairobi, Kenya - Denver, United States - Kunming, China.
Participants attended technical workshops, expertise and training sessions on a comprehensive range of topics including financial management, procurement, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting aimed at providing a solid foundation as the partnerships begin implement their SAI projects. The Conference ended with the signing of trilateral partnership project MoUs.

Ms. Kane later said, "Through conferences such as this one, we are proud to continue to facilitate innovative ways for cities and citizen diplomats to partner and exchange ideas and best practices." Sister Cities International thanks all attendees for their enthusiasm and participation in making the Conference a success!

Click here to learn more about SAI.



Accepting Applications for Open Positions on the Board of Directors



Sister Cities International welcomes all qualified applicants to run for open positions on the Board of Directors. Elections to the Board of Directors are held each year during the Annual Conference. If you plan to run for a position at the 2013 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX July 12-13, 2013, please carefully review all information on the elections process to ensure your eligibility.

Eleven (11) Board positions will be open during the Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas on July 12, 2013. This includes:
  • 9 Board of Director positions (three-year terms, 2013-2016)
  • 1 Young Professional Representative to the Board of Directors (two-year term, 2013-2015, must be between 19-35 years of age)
  • 1 Youth Representative to the Board of Directors (two-year term, 2013-2015, must be 18 years of age or under)
It is the policy of Sister Cities International Board of Directors that each candidate applying for the above positions, including current directors who are running for the board and wish to have their names placed on the ballot, complete the following form and electronically submit the form and all supplemental information to the Sister Cities International office by 5:00 p.m. EST on May 15, 2013 to mkane@sister-cities.org. Materials received after this date will not be considered.

Please take note of all word count requests throughout the application. If an applicant exceeds the desired word count, Sister Cities International will edit your application to meet the requirements.

Please email completed applications to Mary Kane, President & CEO, at
mkane@sister-cities.org.

Application Packet must include:
  • 2013 Board Application (click to download)
  • Electronic Photograph or Headshot (300 dpi or higher)
  • Official letter from a representative of a dues paying Sister Cities International member organization or an elected official, endorsing candidacy
For more information on the 2013 Elections process, please CLICK HERE.



2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase


Sister Cities International Young Artists and Authors Showcase
Open to all Sister Cities International youth members!

The 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase theme is "The Power of Exchange." Sister city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties, and states. Whether in person, online, or through the mail, exchanges of people and ideas facilitate community development and educational opportunities. Entries should illustrate the long-term impact that exchanges have had on an individual or community.

The deadline for sending in entries is May 1, 2013. For details, visit:
http://www.sister-cities.org/young-artists-and-authors-showcase

Click on the links below to download the entry forms:
Young Artists Form
Young Authors Form



USMSCA 50th Anniversary Convention


www.usmsca.org

The United States Mexico Sister Cities Association (USMSCA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! USMSCA will be celebrating this milestone with a 50th Anniversary Convention to be held in Laredo, Texas, February 21-23, 2013.

The convention is set to offer many exciting and memorable events for delegates as well as their families. To view the agenda and to register, please visit www.usmsca.org.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Embracing Our Differences



Embracing Our Differences 10th Anniversary Outdoor Exhibits Announced

The winners of the 10th annual Embracing Our Differences outdoor juried art exhibit have been selected and will be on display March 31-June 2 at Sarasota’s Bayfront Park, on March 31-April 29 at Rossi Waterfront Park in Bradenton, and  on May 1-June 2 at North Port High School. More than 2,400 entries were submitted by individuals from 44 countries and 32 states.

Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has partnered with Embracing Our Differences through our Alliance member of the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation since the initiative began. We annually invite artists from our Sister Cities to compete.  Over the years we have had many artists submissions from our twinned communities displayed.  Winners for 2013 are expected to be announced soon.

The centerpiece of the Embracing Our Differences are 39 billboard size images (12.5 feet by 16 feet) created by local, national and international artists, writers and students. The display reflects the artists' interpretations of the theme "enriching lives through diversity."

For more details visit embracingourdifferences.org.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Winners 2013 One World Award


Winners of the 2013 One World award have been announced by the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota. The winners to be honored at the third annual One World Gala on March 3 are former Sarasota Mayor Lou Ann Palmer and the Sarasota Christian School.  Each honoree will be recognized as the most remarkable Sarasota individual and organization who have “enhanced world understanding and respect” through extraordinary work, volunteer service or philanthropy envisioned by President Eisenhower when he created the citizen diplomacy initiative following World War II.

Mayor Palmer is being feted as the “poster child” for city mayors (2,500 of them worldwide who shepherd Sister City relationships) connecting in a significant way with their twinned international Communities.  Mayor Palmer was deeply involved in the creation of four new sister cities for Sarasota and frequently traveled at her own expense to foster viable and sustainable exchanges that have benefited friendship and understanding.

The Sarasota Christian School, led by Principal Dawn Graber, is being spotlighted for the student relationships it purposely carries out, in each grade K-12, with students in 13 different countries, including Iraq, Palestine, Cambodia and other troubled areas of the world.


The One World Gala, this year being held at the prestigious Sarasota Bay Club on Sunday, March 3,  is open to all who wish to honor the 2013 award winners and attend this kickoff event commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota.

For full details call Bill Wallace at             941-378-0085      









Monday, February 4, 2013

One World Gala March 3, 2013


One World Gala Kicks Off Sarasota
Sister Cities 50th Anniversary Year

Sarasota Bay Club (just north of the Van Wezel) at 6:30pm on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Sister Cities Association of Sarasota (SCAS), founded in 1963 by area community leaders, headed by Dallas Dort, strongly supported by Sarasota Mayors Marshall Marable and John Binns, will commemorate its 50th Anniversary during 2013. The Sister Cities in initiative was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as result of a 1956 White House conference on citizen diplomacy. 

The commemoration will kick off on March 3 with the third annual One World Gala which honors a remarkable Sarasota organization or individual who has enhanced world understanding and respect through extraordinary work or volunteer service.  This event will be held at the Sarasota Bay Club and honor former Sarasota Mayor Lou Ann Palmer and the Sarasota Christian Schools.
The event is open to all who which to honor the 2013 Award winners and to attend this kick off event.  Use the following RSVP document to reserve seating.


2013 One World International Award Dinner
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 6:30 PM
Please reply by February 20, 2013

Name________________________________________________________

Address______________________________________________________

City____________________________State________Zip_____________

Phone_______________________ Email__________________________

YES, I/We will attend _____         (A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible)
________ Guest Ticket (s)                $125/person                 Total $___________

________ Patron Ticket (s)     $250/person                Total $___________

________ Table Host- Table for 8 @$1,000/per table   Total $_________

Make check payable to SSCA or Sarasota Sister Cities Association
& mail to:

Sarasota Sister Cities Association
City Hall
1565 First St
Sarasota, FL 34275

Charge Card Options:

_____ MC _____ Visa _____  Amex _____Discover

Card No.__________________________________________ CVC_____ Exp.__________

Signature__________________________________________ Zip Code___________


Meal selection and seating preferences.
complete Guest Names and corresponding Meal Choice for this reservation:

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___

Name ___________________________________Beef___ Fish___ Vegetarian___

If possible, please seat me with:

______________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

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This is a gentle reminder for those who received the mailed invitation to attend the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota One World Gala that will take place at the prestigious Sarasota Bay Club (just north of the Van Wezel) at 6:30pm on Sunday, March 3rd.  It may also be an initial notification of this event for those who did not receive the mailed invitation,

This is our major annual fund raising event with two purposes: 

No. 1 is to honor the individual and organization selected by a panel of community leaders chaired by Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell. The awards reflect the vision of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s person-to-person diplomacy initiative which forged the beginning of the international Sister Cities program as a means for individual citizens to strengthen shared interests around the globe and lessen the possibility of world conflicts.

No. 2 is to raise funds for our international outreach initiatives, as the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota is solely funded but membership dues, grants and donations.   This year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of  Sister Cities Association of Sarasota with this initial salute to our more than 200  “citizen diplomats” who create personal face-to-face exchanges with citizens of across the world in the arts, business, education, civic activities, sports and government. The Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has eight international relationships: Dunfermline, Scotland; Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Perpignan, France; Tel Mond, Israel; Treviso Province, Italy; Vladimir, Russia; Xiamen, China, and Mérida, Yucatán México.