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Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

Embracing Our Differences announces a call for artists for their international outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity. Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. The centerpiece of Embracing Our Differences is an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images (12.5 feet by 16 feet) created by  artists and writers. The display reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme enriching lives through diversity. The exhibit is displayed annually at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

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Deadline: 8 Oct 2019

Embracing Our Differences invites artists to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through visual art or quote submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences international outdoor juried art exhibit. The statements accompanying each artwork are vital and provide insight into common humanity as well as the differences that make us all unique.

The 2020 exhibit will be displayed beginning January 18 through April 5, 2020 in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota, FL.

Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit Artist Benefits

The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. Awards are given for Best-in-Show Adult, Best-in-Show Student, and People’s Choice categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000 with $500 to be directed to the student and $500 to their school’s art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.

The previous year’s exhibit had an impressive response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotes, with 11,791 entries pouring in from 111 countries and 44 states. Students from 239 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotes to the juried exhibit and more than 70% of this year’s submissions were from students. The 2019 exhibit hosted 218,000 visitors to Bayfront Park, bringing total attendance, since 2004, to more than 2,920,000.

Social Equity

Embracing Our Differences’ annual outdoor exhibit is at the heart of a year-round program of activities designed to use art as a catalyst to create awareness and promote diversity. Crucial to our mission are the ongoing education initiatives. Presented in partnership with the regional school district and nationally recognized educators, these programs positively impact the lives of thousands of area teachers and students every year. These include workshops and retreats that provide diversity curricula for area educators, free bus transportation for students and teachers to visit cultural venues, and student docent programs in high schools.

About Embracing Our Differences

Embracing Our Differences is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarasota, Florida, that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this through an annual, large-scale, juried art exhibition and a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs, and resources designed for teachers and students. With more than 950 teachers and 43,000 students participating in the organization’s exhibit and educational programs in 2019 alone, Embracing Our Differences continues to lead as one of the largest education programs in southwest Florida.

For more information, contact liz@embracingourdifferences.org.

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Diversity – Side Arts Call For Artists

Diversity – Side Arts Call For Artists

Side Arts announces a call for artists on the theme of diversity. Side Arts fosters a conversation through the visual arts on social equity including diversity, inclusion, affirmation, justice, access, mental health wellness, safety, and consent. This call focuses our attention on how art addresses diversity through social equity.

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Deadline: 15 Aug 2019

Open to visual artists, 18 and older, any location, any medium.

Enter as many times as you like per call.

  • $1USD: Entry
  • $5USD: Entry + promote art on Instagram (800+) and Facebook (2000+).
  • $20USD Entry + social promotion + promote art on Blog and Email List (15000+).

Diversity Artist Benefits

  • 1st prize: $50 or 15% of total entry fees, whichever is more
  • 2nd prize: 10% of total entry fees
  • 3rd prize: 5% of total entry fees

Winners are chosen and announced within two weeks of the deadline. 10% of all entry fees are donated to social equity charities. These are chosen by consensus from the recommendations of those that submitted the artwork.

About Side Arts

If making art is your side hustle, then Side Arts is for you! A global community of visual artists use Side Arts to promote their art and search verified calls for artists – exhibition and income opportunities. Side Arts offers workshops, consulting, and exclusive calls for artists.

Click here to learn more about Side Arts


World Arts And Music Festival – Call For Artists

World Arts And Music Festival – Call For Artists

The City of Evanston, Illinois, announces a call for artists for the World Arts and Music Festival, a two-day celebration of global diversity. This year’s festival takes place the weekend of July 21-22 at Dawes Park in Evanston.

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Deadline: 20 Apr 2018

The World Arts and Music Festival is sponsored by the City of Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and partially supported by the Illinois Art Council, a state agency. This free event features art, family craft activities, international cuisine, and live music and dance performances. Attendees will enjoy continuous performances throughout the weekend at two venues.

Since 1986, the City of Evanston has presented the annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. The premier event of its kind, the festival is a celebration of cultural diversity featuring over 75 art and crafts vendors from many different regions of the world. Re-imagined and renamed in 2017, the World Arts and Music Festival continues with the tradition of celebrating diversity. Evanston is a diverse and thriving community that borders Chicago.

The World Arts And Music Festival is an opportunity for artists, vendors, and performers to share their culture with the estimated 20,000 people who enjoy this annual event. There is a hospitality tent open on both Saturday and Sunday of the festival that provides provisions for participating artist vendors. Food and beverage items such as muffins, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, and water will be available.

About the City of Evanston

Home to Northwestern University, Evanston has a variety of excellent higher educational opportunities and a successful public school system. Evanston is home to the world headquarters of Rotary International. Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization. It has more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide.

For more information, contact mtompkins@cityofevanston.org.


Call to Artists – Cash Awards – Juried Exhibit

Embracing Our Differences is accepting submissions for its 14th annual outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion to be displayed April – May 2017 in Sarasota, FL, USA.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 10 Jan 2017

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate, and effect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites all artists to be a part of this change through your submissions to our juried competition.

There is no submission fee or limit on the number of entries. Final selections will be made by a three judge panel of art professionals. 42 artists will be selected.

$3,000 (US) in awards will be presented. The exhibit has been viewed by more than 2,200,000 visitors since 2004.

Call to Artists - Cash Awards - Juried Exhibit

For more information, contact mjs@embracingourdifferences.org.


10th Anniversary of DAM – Call for Artists

Diversité artistique Montréal (DAM) is launching a major request for the talent of various artists to invade TOHU during four days of festivities celebrating DAM’s 10th anniversary.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 18 Jan 2016

To mark the occasion, DAM will feature culturally diverse artists in a large unprecedented event, happening at TOHU. Proud partner of this celebration, TOHU will open its doors for four days, hosting a giant exhibition and living art performances of all kinds.

The event, which will take place from September 15 to 18, 2016, will begin with a fundraiser evening for DAM, followed by three days of free activities open to the public. Throughout the event, courses, art workshops and cultural mediation projects will be in the spotlight.

The artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work during the event in front of more than 400 people. Plus, a lump sum will be provided for performances and workshops.

DAM has taken on the mission to promote cultural diversity in the arts by encouraging the recognition and inclusion of all artists in professional networks, cultural institutions, and distribution channels in Montreal.

For more information, contact evenement@diversiteartistique.org.

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