Grand Rapids Sister Cities International (GRSCI) is a non-profit organization that works to build relationships between Grand Rapids and its sister cities by promoting understanding and mutual respect through exchanges in culture, art, education, and community and economic development.
Through an agreement with the City of Grand Rapids, GRSCI administers Grand Rapids’ sister cities programs and interfaces with state and nation wide efforts to bring the culture of other nations home to the citizens of our area. Because of the hard work and dedication of our members and volunteers and the Grand Rapids community, we now have five sister cities: Omihachiman, Japan; Bielsko-Biała, Poland; Perugia, Italy; the Ga District, Ghana; and Zapopan, Mexico.
IMPACT ON GRAND RAPIDS
Watch this video for a glimpse at what sister cities have meant to Grand Rapids and how Grand Rapids residents have connected with others from around the world.
GET TO KNOW OUR SISTER CITIES
Click on any of the buttons below to learn more about a specific sister city around the world.
2020 – Chiaroscuro Film Series
Ethnic Heritage Festival – October 2019
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?
What is a sister city? In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower created a program that was designed to enhance relationships among cities in the United States and the rest of the world. The desired outcome of this program was to gain knowledge and understanding of foreign cities through community exchanges of cultural and ethnic ideas.