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
Our Youth Ambassadors have arrived in Futtsu. Stay tuned as we follow their exchange activities:
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.
Initially when exploring the idea of having an art exchange, we were told that to ship the winning art to KV would entail using an ATA Carnet (international customs document) and would cost around $9,000!
Searching the Internet we found an artist from Canada who used US and Canadian mail, thus bypassing shippers or ATA Carnet. The price then came down substantially - to ship one small box of art via FedEx would be over $800 and via USPS mailing of a much larger box was closer to $100. So naturally we settled on US Postal Service. Based on the packing materials the Canadian artist recommended, we bought from Home Depot boxes of shipping tape, bubble wrap, insulation panels and styrofoam boards, along with some special tools to measure and score cardboard to create custom boxes around the “sandwich” of packed paintings.
US Customs and international conventions on art shows have special exemptions. That called for visits to the US Customs office in San Diego which provided the forms and duty exemption code needed to use for international art shipments. Art cannot be for sale and may only be for exhibition. In the past, KV Municipal art gallery had only received art via ATA Carnet and shippers. This endeavor would be a first and they were a bit uncomfortable about the mailing process. After some to and fro they agreed to a test mailing.
After several awkward packing attempts we found a method that worked well enough to create a box within the USPS maximum package dimensions. It had two of the largest paintings amongst our winners. These are talented artists sending valuable art but we could only insure the entire package up to $2,499 per USPS limits. We mailed the package and it passed through US Customs with no problem. However it languished in Prague at the Czech Customs. The KV gallery director sent us an urgent e-mail saying we had to complete a Proforma Invoice on the art and send it to her ASAP or the package would be sent back to us the next day. We completed her template, e-mailed a scan of it and the package was released to her! It arrived unopened and undamaged.
Based upon this success we had the remaining five artists deliver their art to my house. CSCA’s new Board Member Joe Gieda and I arranged the 28 works into three large boxes within the USPS dimension limits. Or so we thought. It took hours and hours of work. When I brought them to the Post Office, one package went through, a second was 1/4” too large and the other was 3/4“ too large. No go, no go! Tonya and I reopened the packages and carved and cut and rebuilt the boxes properly. I succeeded in getting them mailed Saturday afternoon (June 13) at 4:00pm!!!
I would guess it probably took more than 40 hours of combined work between myself, Joe Gieda and Tonya to get those things boxed up and on the way.
As of Friday, June 26, 2015 all art was received and ready to be displayed in the Karlovy Vary Municipal Gallery.
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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