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Established in 1993, the Arlington Sister City Association (ASCA) is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Arlington County, Virginia. ASCA works to enhance and promote the region's international profile and, also, to foster productive exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. Our programs are sanctioned by Sister Cities International of Washington, D.C.
Locally, the ASCA supports and coordinates four local Sister Cities programs and provides guidance for those interested in establishing new Sister Cities programs. Current sister city partnerships and friendships include: Aachen, Germany; Coyoacan, Mexico; Reims, France; San Miguel, El Salvador.
More broadly, the ASCA works to promote the following four areas of activities:
Arts and Culture Partnerships
ASCA works with partner arts and cultural organizations to create and expand performing and visual artist exchanges, shared exhibitions, cultural linkages, and partnerships.
Economic Development Opportunities Business and corporate involvement is fundamental to ASCA's programming. ASCA promotes and facilitates open dialogue between Arlington business professionals and their counterparts in our Sister Cities through organizations such as Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Educational and Professional Exchanges
ASCA provides educational opportunities about other cultures, people and places for Arlingtonians of all ages. Programs include internationally-themed cultural events, K-12 and post-secondary student exchange programs, professional exchange opportunities, lectures and presentations.
Global Tourism and Visitation
ASCA collaborates with our Sister Cities and community organizations to increase joint tourism opportunities, exploring the idea that we live in a global environment. ASCA invites residents of our Sister Cities to come and enjoy everything our community has to offer.