Welcome To The Carlsbad Sister
City Ambassadors Website
Carlsbad enjoys Sister City relationships with Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic and the Japanese City of Futtsu. This web site provides an easy, accessible forum in which the citizens of Carlsbad, Karlovy Vary and Futtsu can exchange and share information about their communities that will help to enrich our mutual understanding and appreciation for one another as global partners.
Creating connections between Carlsbad and internationally dispersed communities to promote peace, cultural awareness and economic opportunities.
We welcome your participation!
• Student home stay exchanges
• Group travel for pleasure or business Arts and culture
• Food for thought - films and talks by visitors give a taste of Futtsu
and Karlovy Vary
• Looking ahead - envisions athletic competitions, business seminars
and related opportunities to cement and expand community and
business relations here and overseas.
Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors
A select group of 10 students will be traveling to Futtsu, Japan (sister city of Carlsbad), Yokohama, Tsukuba, and Kyoto. They will enjoy arranged home stays, school exchanges, and exposure to Japan's latest technology inventions at Tsukuba, the Science City. Upon completion of the program, each student will earn 2 pre-college credits from UC San Diego Extension. This nine day tour is guaranteed to be an unforgettable academic and cultural learning experience. Click here for itinerary & details. Then click here to register.
There is still room in our small group to experience the multiple festivals and multi-mayoral events in Karlovy Vary, CZ this first week of May! According to our Mayor Karlovy Vary is “The most beautiful city in Europe!” Yes, it is small and “Yes” it is beautiful! Visit this link for the brochure.
CSCA's Tom Hersant and Polly Yu were on hand to help celebrate The National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand's Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Great Father’s Day of Thailand, Decenber 3, 2019.
SoCal Sister Cities were welcomed to the home of the new Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles.
On Saturday, Oct.26, 2019 CSCA President Tom Hersant attended the installation celebration of the new Los Angeles Japan Consul General Akira Muto. Regarding sister cities, the new Consul General mentioned to Tom, "...what you do is close to my heart. I consider citizen homestays and visits the bed rock of diplomacy. Just remember if you ever need us, I have your back!"
Fresh off their visit to our sister city Futtsu, Japan and surrounding areas this summer, Carlsbad Youth Ambassadors made presentations to the City Council relating their experience.
CSCA sponsored a second art exchange with our sister city Karlovy Vary at the COAL gallery.
Our Youth Ambassadors had a memorable time on their recent visit to our Sister Ciies in Japan:
Below was the itinerary of our Youth Ambassador Exchange to Futtsu & Yokohama:
In August 2018, CSCA had a great time celebrating its 30 Year Anniversary association with Futtsu, Japan.
Tammy, Dianne, Maddy, and Nancy welcome guests to The Crossings:.
Steve Komine and CSCA friend Kiyoko Messenger at The Crossings.
CSCA director Polly Yu welcomes Steve Komine and Jupitor USA president, Shingo Kitamura at The Crossings.
Yumiko Ayabe, Vice President of Futtsu International Relationship Association
Futtsu exchange students.
Rick Shea, SD County Office of Education addresses attendees.
Current Jupitor Corp president Shingo Kitamura.
Former Jupitor Corp president Steve Komine.
Yoshiyuki Koizumi, Vice Mayor of Futtsu
Mayor Hall presents 30 Year proclamation to Yoshiyuki Koizumi, Vice Mayor of Futtsu
Sage Creek HS students being introduced.
Sage Creek students at Peder Norby reception
Yoshiyuki Koizumi, Futtsu Vice Mayor with Ken-ichi Kawana, President, Futtsu International Relationship Association
Our gracious and generous host, Peder Norby
Master chef & host Peder Norby made pizza for the delegation.
CSCA director Dianne O'Connell enjoys the mariachi music along with Heron House wine..
CSCA director Nancy Klaphaakpauses and ponders...
Steve Komine inspects Peder Norby's wood fired pizza oven.
A Rotary Club of Carlsbad fundraising event was held on Aug. 12, 2017 with Tom and Tonya Hersant, Polly Yu and Phillis Hall representing CSCA.
CSCA's sponsored 2017 Spring Tour to sister city Karlovy Vary, Vienna, and Budapest was a great success:
The Laurel Tree Planting and Plaque at McGee Park
Karlovy Vary Artists Feted In Carlsbad:
Last year, the art of six members of COAL, Diane O'Connell, David Schlegel, Ellie Havel Thomas, Lois Athern, Rita Shulak, and Sibylla Voll was juried and displayed in Karlovy-Vary, Czech Republic, as part of the City of Carlsbad's Sister-City program, This year in June, the COAL Gallery will be hosting artists Vaclav Balsan, Varvara Divisova, Jiri Kozisek, Lenska Maliska Sarova, and Jan Semec from Karlovy-Vary as part of the exchange. COAL hosted the Reception at the Gallery on June 12, 2016. At the reception the Mayor of Carlsbad, dignitaries of the City, and representatives of the Sister Cities program were in attendance.
Carlsbad Artists Feted in Czech Sister City, Karlovy Vary:
An exhibition of art work by six C.O.A.L. member artists selected in February by CSCA opened this week in Karlovy Vary.
Honored artists, who each have five works of art on exhibit, are Lois Athearn, Diane O’Connell, David Schlegel, Rita Shulak, Ellie HavelThomas, and Sibylla Voll. The opening reception in the Municipal Gallery was on July 29, 2016, according to Jacquie Thye, Founding member and Director of Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors, who coordinated this event.
The exhibition of the Carlsbad artists will run through the month of August in Karlovy Vary’s Thermal Building.
Petr Kulhanek, the Honorable Lord Mayor of Karlovy Vary, and two of his deputies, came to visit Carlsbad in 2013. It was at this time he extended an invitation to have an International Art Exchange take place between our two sister cities.
Karlovy Vary will reciprocate by sending their artists’ works in June of 2016 to be exhibited in the Carlsbad-Oceanside Art Gallery in Carlsbad.
Six Area Artists Win Honor to Exhibit Their Art in
Carlsbad's Sister City Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
CARLSBAD – Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors (CSCA) have announced the results of choosing six members of C.O.A.L. Gallery (Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League) to exhibit five art works each in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic in August.
Winning top honors in the judging on February 9th were Rita Shulak, Sibylla Voll, Ellie Havel Thomas, David Schlegel, Lois Athearn and Charles Dozer. Two alternates were also chosen, Christine Ames and Diane O’Connell. The show was juried by Julie Weaverling of Front Porch Gallery.
A collaborative venture of CSCA and C.O.A.L. answered the invitation from Petr Kulhanek, the Honorable Lord Mayor of Karlovy Vary, to have an International Art Exchange take place between the two sister cities.
C.O.A.L. artists were invited to enter the competition. There was an enthusiastic response, according to CSCA Director Jacquie Thye, who coordinated this wonderful cultural event.
The art will be on display in the heart of this world-renowned spa city during the month of August. Karlovy Vary, located near Prague, draws visitors to its many international festivals.
All of the artists were excited to learn they were chosen and hope to go to Karlovy Vary in person for the opening of the exhibition.
Karlovy Vary artists will then send their art work to Carlsbad in June 2016. It will be exhibited at the C.O.A.L. Gallery and it is hoped several artists will visit as well.
Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the Carlsbad-Karlovy Vary International Sister City relationship.
Celebration of Carlsbad's Arbor Days
Sister City Ambassadors was pleased to pay tribute to the 25th
year of our relationship with Futtsu, Japan by planting cherry
trees at the Carlsbad City Hall and the La Costa Heights Elementary
School in April. One of our directors, Vesta
Rundle-Ross, was instrumental in getting the trees from
the Japanese Friendship Gardens in San Diego. Three of the
trees were planted on the City Hall property as part of
Carlsbad's Arbor Day at 11:00 a.m., April 26, 2014. Also a
plaque was installed at the site stating that the trees honor our
Sister City relationship with Futtsu. Longtime friend and resident of
Futtsu Tomiko Takenouchi and Daiji Mizota, Director, Futtsu
International Relationship Association, traveled from Futtsu to
attend. A fourth tree was planted in a separate ceremony at La
Costa Heights Elementary School earlier on April 23. This was the
school that was visited by the Futtsu delegation to acknowledge their
collection of funds to help in the recovery from the tsunami damages of
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and Futtsu, Japan Visits
Why Do We Have “Sister Cities”? is an interesting article by Dan Kopf found on Priceonomics about the history of sister cities along with a current overview of world and state pairings.
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