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Posted on: September 12, 2018

Sister Cities: Issaquah Wins International Innovation Award

The City of Issaquah has won the Sister Cities International 2018 Innovation Award for Arts and Culture for a city with a population 25,000 – 100,000.


As part of an initiative led by Issaquah’s Arts Commission, the City of Issaquah’s utility wrap program, was expanded in 2017 to include original artwork from sister city artists in Chefchaouen, Morocco and Sunndal, Norway. Funding was provided by the Arts Commission. 


The awards competition, open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.


Issaquah was recognized for the dramatic transformation of the utility boxes from function to finesse, changing the cultural landscape of the community while reinforcing the cultural exchange with each of our sister cities.


These new utility boxes are enjoyed daily by pedestrians and vehicle traffic. In addition, Issaquah’s outdoor art collection has increased, and the community landscape has been beautified.


This project also provides a dialog about the sister cities, the art and culture depicted, and provides opportunities for other community activities such as wayfinding and scavenger type events to occur.


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