Duluth Sister Cities International

Lisa Johnson

Japan. Russia. Canada. Kurdistan.

Just a few of the countries whose relationship with the United States has become increasingly fraught in the last months, but also just a few of the countries with whom Duluth enjoys a sister-city relationship.

The chance for people here to connect to the wider world, to meet people who are simultaneously different from and the same as they -- those relationships could be seen as the antidote to fear.

Concerns about weather prompted a move to the DECC for today's International Day of Peace Celebration.

Anne Labovitz

Anne Labovitz has continued to share updates about her artistic saga that is "122 Conversations."  We look forward to the final exhibition coming to Duluth in the Fall of 2018, on view Sept 25 - Dec 31 at the Tweed Museum of Art in at UMD in Duluth. The project celebrates the combined 122 years of relationships with Duluth’s five sister cities international.

Anne labovitz

Looking back at 2017, a few Minnesota exhibits stood out. Taking on global, cross cultural understanding in today's political climate, these artistic endeavors shine bright.

Thomsen lead her Echoes of Peace choir at the annual Duluth Sister Cities International fundraising concert, One Village Many Voices, on November 3 at St. Scholastica's Mitchell Auditorium. This year's guest performers included Wheeler, who's best known as the actress who portrayed Janice on TV's Friends. Wheeler is also a singer, songwriter, workshop facilitator. Hassan Dyer is a vocalist, percussionist, vocal improviser, and storyteller who was raised in France and Senegal and has been influenced by the music of West Africa.

Anne Labovitz

Minnesota artist and Duluth native Anne Labovitz is on a 5-year artistic journey celebrating Duluth sister cities.  Through conversations with people and leaders in our five sister cities and in Duluth, Labovitz has created works in paint, words and video that include, reflect and are inspired by these personal interactions.  In 2017 the exhibit will finish its travels to all the Duluth sister cites, culminating in a show at the Tweed Museum of Art in May, 2018.

© Wendy Ruhnke. Used with permission.

Late last month, via Skype, Duluth, Minnesota and Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan became sister cities.

It's Duluth's first new sister city in 24 years ... but with the current fears of terrorism and tension in the Middle East, was the timing of this new partnership off?

Wendy Ruhnke of Duluth's Sister Cities International's executive committee says the timing is just right.