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.
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.
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.
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