WASHINGTON, D.C. — Brighton Sister Cities won Sister Cities International’s 2011 Innovation Arts & Culture Award for a city with population under 100,000.
The awards recognize the accomplishments of community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.
Brighton Sister Cities won the award for its Ziebice Gate Project. The project began with a vision to build a piece of its sister city Ziebice, Poland, in Brighton Sister Cities Park to serve as a showpiece of its art and culture. The result was a 15-foot replica of Ziebice’s iconic 500-year-old Paczkow Gate.
Brighton Sister Cities members conducted fundraising activities and worked with city officials, parks and recreations staff and local businesses to ensure the successful completion of the project. The gate has fast become a favorite play structure for the neighborhood kids. The goal is to keep the site maintained.
The Sister Cities International awards luncheon will be July 14 in Jacksonville, Fla. It’s the 56th annual such gathering. Sisters Cities International facilitates almost 2,000 partnerships in 136 countries between 600 cities in this country and similar cities abroad.