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Week of May 22

Embracing Our Differences

2015 WEDU Be More Enriched, Greenberg Traurig Arts & Culture Award Winner

Winner of the Week

Embracing Our Differences is an international outdoor art exhibit intended to demonstrate in a positive way that diversity enriches our lives.

Its mission is to use the arts as a catalyst for creating awareness and promoting, throughout our community, the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion and the significance of the active rejection of hatred and prejudice.

The organization’s outdoor juried international art exhibit features billboard size images created by local, national and international artists, writers and students reflecting their interpretations of the theme "enriching lives through diversity."

The 2015 exhibit received 6,454 submissions representing 80 countries, 42 states and 118 schools. Submissions were received from such distant lands as China, Iran and Vietnam.


Embracing Our Differences also combines education efforts and teacher resources, including workshops and lesson plans prepared under the supervision of Sarasota County School District curriculum development specialists.


Watch Embracing Our Differences receive an award at the 2015 WEDU Be More Awards: