Embracing Our Differences believes that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in our world. Our project promotes diversity education throughout the community and works to teach everyone the importance of being an "up-stander," not a "by-stander." Together, we can create a vibrant community that is safe and inclusive for all where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.
The centerpiece of Embracing Our Differences is an outdoor juried international art exhibit featuring 39 billboard size images (12.5 feet by 16 feet) created by local, national and international artists, writers and students. The display reflects the artists' interpretations of the theme "enriching lives through diversity."
A project as large as Embracing Our Differences® requires the support of many people and organizationsthat play a role in supporting our efforts. Theseinclude our Community Partners – Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota Sister Cities and Yea Arts – each of which plays an integral role in the overalleffectiveness of our programs.
Embracing Our Differences® is very proud of its ongoing partnerships with these very fine organizations. Without their support, our work would be impossible.