Gilbert Sister Cities is holding a competition to choose a young artist to design and help paint a wall mural at the organization’s Friendship Garden under development at Gilbert Regional Park.

The competition is for students who live in Gilbert or attend a high school in Gilbert. It involves an application due June 30. The mural art submissions, meant to capture the international spirit of global friendship, are due Aug. 1. Judging will be finalized by Aug. 15, and the winner will be announced at the Aug. 17 Gilbert Town Council meeting.

The winning artist will receive $500 and work with Gilbert Sister Cities volunteers to complete the wall painting at the garden, located at the south side of the park’s pavilion and amphitheater. The wall will be unveiled in the winter.

Gilbert’s sister cities are Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, and Leshan, China. Contestants can research the cities on the organization website at www.gilbertsistercities.com.

“The vision of the garden keeps with the longstanding mission of Gilbert Sister Cities to further the development of greater friendship and understanding between the people of the town of Gilbert and other nations,” Gilbert Sister Cities President Greg Tilque said in a press release on the competition. “The garden design is envisioned to capture the interconnectedness between our communities while imparting a unique personal experience of three different cultural landscape traditions.”


Gilbert Sister Cities will assist with recruiting volunteers as needed and cover the costs of completing the project.

Interested artists can email [email protected] to receive an official entry.