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Welcome To The Carlsbad
City Ambassadors Website
Carlsbad enjoys Sister City relationships with Karlovy Vary in the
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
appreciation for one another as global partners.
Creating connections between Carlsbad and internationally dispersed
to promote peace, cultural awareness and economic
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
and Karlovy Vary
• Looking ahead - envisions athletic competitions, business seminars
opportunities to cement and expand community and
here and overseas.
Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors
CSCA is happy to announce the following upcoming tours. Please select the those of interest so we can send you detailed information.
Making new friends. Memories that last a lifetime! An essential part of the Carlsbad community.
CSCA President Tom Hersant's visit to KV, May 2009Baden Baden Burgermeister at the Mill Colonnade.
CSCA President Tom Hersant's visit to KV, May 2009The famous Becherovka Bottle Shop in Karlovy Vary.
CSCA President Tom Hersant's visit to KV, May 2009Costumed for the Open Breakfast.
CSCA President Tom Hersant's visit to KV, May 2009Delegation Dinner staff at the Thermal
CSCA President Tom Hersant's visit to KV, May 2009Dr. Milada Sarova and Tom at the Mill Colonnade
CSCA President Tom Hersant's visit to KV, May 2009Start of the Festive Breakfast with the Lord Mayor
Our sister city Futtsu delegation about to tour KPBS studioFuttsu delegation visit, Mar 2015
They met with CHS students...Futtsu delegation visit, Mar 2015
...and enjoyed a campus tour.Futtsu delegation visit, Mar 2015
Later, lunch at Carlsbad's popular Ruby's DinerFuttsu delegation visit, Mar 2015
They attended the Carlsbad 5000...Futtsu delegation visit, Mar 2015
...and later went to Legoland.Futtsu delegation visit, Mar 2015
A full day touring San Diego...Futtsu delegation visit, Mar 2015
...and exploring Balboa ParkFuttsu delegation visit, Mar 2015
The venue for Karlovy Vary's bi-annual International Film Festival.A group of 6 CSCA Junior Ambassadors attended July 2016
The Junior's hosts from Karlovy Vary later visited us.KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
They arrived Aug/Sept 2015 and first visited the KPBS studios.KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
CHS Junior Ambassadors joined the delegation students...KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
...to learn about behind-the-scenes TV production.KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
A fun evening at Carlsbad's TGIF concert in the park.KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
Our guests spent a long day first at Disneyland...KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
...and later toured Hollywood and Universal Studios.KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
A must-see visit to Balboa Park...KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
...along with a tour of the Midway.KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
KV students and the Juniors had fun at a typical beach cookout.KV student delegation visit, Aug 2015
CSCA sponsored a COAL artist exhibit in KV.Carlsbad Artists Exhibit in KV, July 2015
Carlsbad Artists Exhibit in KV, July 2015This is an annual exhibit in Karlovy Vary.
Carlsbad Artists Exhibit in KV, July 2015COAL artist Lois Athearn was able to join the delegation.
Carlsbad Artists Exhibit in KV, July 2015Diane O’Connell shares her art...
Carlsbad Artists Exhibit in KV, July 2015...along with Rita Shulak.
Carlsbad Artists Exhibit in KV, July 2015COAL artists Diane O’Connell, Rita Shulak, Ellie Havel Thomas...
Carlsbad Artists Exhibit in KV, July 2015...Lois Athearn, and David Schlegel represented Carlsbad.
Carlsbad Artists Exhibit in KV, July 2015KV artists were later to come in 2016 to exhibit their art in Carlsbad.
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016On arrival, CHS students dine with their Futtsu hosts.
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016The students were introduced to the Futtsu High student body.
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016Futtsu students welcomed CHS members.
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016Futtsu students extended...
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016...an enthusisastic welcome to our CHS students.
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016Participation in their computer lab,...
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016...and sharing a typical lunch.
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016The students exchanged ideas...
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016...and even learned the finer points of origami.
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016A visit to the Futtsu Mother Farms...
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016...to see and pet the deer.
CHS students visit Futtsu, June 2016A final farewell banquet with our Futtsu hosts.
Please consider volunteering to staff the Czech Slovak House in Balboa Park. We really need more volunteers to preserve and promote our Czech and Slovak Culture for future generations, tourists and visitors; it is not very hard to do. The more of us who are members, the less time we are required to volunteer (currently, each member has to host 2-3 times a year). Please visit https://czechandslovakcottage.com/contact/ for more information.
CSCA's sponsored 2017 Spring Tour to sister city Karlovy Vary, Vienna, and Budapest is a great success:
Be sure to make your plans now for our 2018 Youth Ambassador Exchange Program spring break tour:
The Laurel Tree Planting and Plaque at McGee Park
In attendance at the planting were: Tom Hersant, President, Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors, Vesta Rundle-Ross, Sister City Ambassador board member, Diane O'Connell, COAL Artist, Varvara Divisova, Karlovy Vary artist, Lenka Maliska Sarova, Karlovy Vary artist, Lois Athern, COAL artist, Jan Samec, Karlovy Vary artist, Sibylla Voll, COAL artist.
Karlovy Vary artists Lenka Maliska Sarova, Varvara Divisova, and Jan Samec with some of their works at the COAL gallery.
And below are artists Lenka, Charles Dozer of COAL, Jacquie Thye of CSCA, Varvara and Jan at the COAL gallery.
Summer 2016 Student Exchange with Futtsu Announced:
Today we finished interviewing seven student finalists for visiting Futtsu in June. Six were selected and time will tell if the remaining one will be ready to substitute for any of the six selected ones in the event that they are unable to make the trip. Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors is grateful that FIRA (Futtsu Sister Cities) is offering to receive our students and we look forward to ensuring that this trip is one that our students will long remember. Of all the places that they will visit on this trip, they are most excited about meeting the Futtsu families that they will stay with and experiencing the beautiful Japanese culture. Pictured above, clockwise from top left, are Rachael, Teagan, Diego, Erin, Emma (alternate), Arriana, and Emily.
And Now, Karlovy Vary Artists Will Be Feted In Carlsbad:
In 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 six artists (named above) from Karlovy-Vary as part of the exchange. COAL will be hosting the Reception at the Gallery on June 12, 2016, and you are invited! At that reception we will be joined by the Mayor of Carlsbad, dignitaries of the City, and representatives of the Sister Cities program. We have been assured that the Consul General of Los Angeles for the Czech Republic, will also be attending.
Carlsbad Artists Feted in Czech Sister City
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, 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.
CSCA Junior Ambassadors Set to Go to KVIFF
CSCA's Mar. 29, 2015 presentation of the Junior Ambassadors selected to go to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and the six local artists whose works will be exhibited in Karlovy Vary was nicely recorded for us here on YouTube.
Here's a brief recap below of the memorable visit of the KV Delegates - part of our Summer 2015 Student Exchange
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
Gearing Up For Sister City Visits in Spring 2015:
We are pleased to have received notice that our friends in Futtsu are
preparing to send another delegation of students to Carlsbad in the
spring of 2015. Members and friends of CSCA will be offered
opportunities to help us greet, house and entertain them throughout
their brief stay with us. More to come as it develops.
The Karlovy Vary mayoral office has contacted us to see if we are
able to facilitate an arts exchange with them. This is something that
their Lord Mayor, Petr Kulhanek, and our Mayor Matt Hall have agreed
would be a good goal. To put on an art exchange is a major undertaking
and we are exploring possible venues and supporters. If you are able
to help us please contact our Arts Coordinator, Jacquie Thye at Jacquie@CarlsbadAmbassadors.us.
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and Futtsu, Japan Visits
The Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors is pleased to have hosted the
Lord Mayor Petr Kulhanek with his Deputies Petr Bursík and Jiří Klsák
our sister city Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.
This was the Lord Mayor's
first visit to Carlsbad.
The week before, CSCA hosted the delegation from Futtsu, Japan
Mrs. Tomiko Takenouchi, Mr. Shigeru Takenouchi, Mrs. Kiyoe
Hasegawa along with students Woohyun An, Kana Morita, Yuuna Iwasawa, and
Receives Community Activity Grant!
Another success! On the heels of two well-attended and highly
acclaimed performances of “Who Put the ‘Bad’ In Carlsbad?” we were
honored with one of Carlsbad’s Community Activity Grants.
At their Tuesday, March 13 meeting the City Council voted to
approve their recommended list of grant applicants and that meant our
request was honored!
In our application we expressed our intent to create an enduring “Winter Classic” event that would enrich our community by:
Honoring Carlsbad’s multi-cultural heritage and increasing its civic pride
Showcasing Carlsbad’s outstanding theatre community
Promoting tourism and our international connections
Our February and March productions appear to have nicely furthered those goals and guess what; we’re just getting started!
With this grant and the donations received from our new members
we will be compiling a schedule of events with an international focus.
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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