NEW YORK, NY – October 8, 2019 – Today, the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) announced its inaugural “Understanding Through Trade” Global Mural Competition. The competition asks World Trade Centers (WTCs) around the world to work with local artists to visually define the cultural understanding and connection that results from global trade. The deadline for entries is February 7, 2020, and four winners will be chosen and awarded a cash prize at the association’s 51st General Assembly (GA) in Taipei in March 2020
As part of the association’s year-long anniversary campaign celebrating “A Half Century of Global Trade Connectivity,” the WTCA has invited its members to each submit one entry of original artwork from a local artist or student that visually defines the cultural understanding and connection that results from trade between diverse peoples and nations. The WTCA will then physically produce the digitally created art and put it on display at the association’s upcoming GA Gala in March 2020.
“The ‘Understanding Through Trade’ Global Mural Competition is a creative way to celebrate this milestone and strengthen the deep ties between members in our global network and the communities they serve,” said WTCA CEO Scott Ferguson. “Throughout history, art has been a medium of expression that transcends borders and creates understanding between people from varying backgrounds. We believe trade has a similar impact, forging connections between countries and bringing the world closer together. We hope this competition sheds a light on what this global connection means to all of us.”
WTCs around the world are now looking for local artists to submit for the competition and to visually help represent the community’s unique culture and contributions to the global trade ecosystem. During the GA, WTCA members, delegates, and invited guests will have the opportunity to vote for their four favorite entries. Following the competition, the artists of the four submissions that garner the most votes will each win a cash prize of US $1,500 and the murals will be featured in WTCA marketing campaigns throughout 2020-2021, with artist attribution.
Interested artists should contact their local WTC for more information. To find your local WTC, visit https://www.wtca.org/locations. Once submitted, winning artists will be notified soon after the General Assembly Gala on March 3, 2020.
Artists may also follow the WTCA on social media using the hashtag #WTCA50 and #WTCAGlobalMuralCompetition:
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About the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA)
The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 325 highly connected, mutually supporting businesses and organizations in nearly 100 countries. As the owner of the “World Trade Center” and “WTC” trademarks, the WTCA licenses exclusive rights to these brands for Members to use in conjunction with their independently-owned, iconic properties, facilities and trade services offerings. Through a robust portfolio of events, programming and resources that it offers its Members, the goal of the WTCA is to help local economies thrive by encouraging and facilitating trade and investment across the globe through Member engagement. To learn more visit www.wtca.org.