Embracing Our Differences 2020 Outdoor Art Exhibit Extended Through April

Arts & Culture

SRQ DAILY MONDAY BUSINESS EDITION MONDAY MAR 30, 2020

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way it accomplishes this is throughits annual, juried international outdoor art exhibition consisting of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. 

Sarah Wertheimer, executive director of Embracing Our Differences, announced that the organization’s annual outdoor exhibit in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota will be extended through the month of April. It was scheduled to close April 5.

“We’re thrilled that the exhibit will remain open to the public for the entire month of April,” says Wertheimer. “This is one of the few arts and cultural activities people can safely enjoy during these difficult times of COVID 19. We offer our heartfelt gratitude to the city of Sarasota and to local government for their support and generosity to allow us to keep the exhibit open.”

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way it accomplishes this is through its annual, juried international outdoor art exhibition consisting of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The response to the call for artwork and inspirational quotes was record-breaking this year, with 16,118 entries pouring in from 127 countries and 50 states. Students from 398 schools around the world submitted artwork or quotes to the juried exhibit.

According to Wertheimer, only a fraction of the powerful artworks and statements are selected for each year’s outdoor exhibit. “Even so, we were deeply touched to see how many people share our core philosophy.”

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