The centerpiece of Embracing Our Differences is an outdoor juried international art exhibit featuring 45 billboard-size images created by local, national and international artists, writers and students reflecting their interpretations of the theme “enriching lives through diversity.”
Embracing Our Differences believes that diversity is one of the world’s greatest assets. To realize the promise of diversity, we must ensure that everyone is respected, included and valued for their individuality. Our goal is to create a community where diversity and inclusion are valued while teaching the importance of being an “up-stander,” not a “by- stander.” Each year the Embracing Our Differences international art exhibit gets bigger and better. Our 14th annual exhibit in 2017 was no exception as we hosted 212,000 visitors bringing attendance, since 2004, to more than 2,500,000. The 2017 exhibit received 10,761 submissions representing 115 countries, 48 states and 204 schools from such distant places as India, Iran, Israel, Vietnam and South Korea.
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“The Culture Collective has been fantastic! After living in Sarasota for 10 years, it took the Culture Collective to get us involved in the arts community. And what a great community it is! There’s something for everyone. We’ve really appreciated having the experience of becoming familiar with all of the arts in Sarasota and the people that support them. It’s a great group – I can’t recommend it enough!”
“What a perfect ending to my day. I think this is marvelous. I only wish I was a pianist so I could play.” — Mary Powers-Boss
“There can be nothing better than filling the streets of Sarasota with good music. As a piano teacher, I think a lot about how to get children inspired to play the piano. It’s healthy for kids to see adults playing these pianos and exposing them to music of any sort.” — David Ohrenstein
“I work downtown, and I was just wandering around looking at the pianos because I’d heard that they were out here for people to play. I guess sometimes my wife gets annoyed that I play in the house, so I thought I’d play outside.” — Kevin Lo
“It’s joyful; it’s creative; it represents Sarasota’s cultural part- its artistic part.” — Tracey Reid
“Sarasota’s love of the arts is inspiring the musician in all of us. “It inspires people to do what they want to do.” — Breezie
Members of the Alliance who submit their events on the Alliance online calendar are also eligible to have their events featured in ARTbeat, our popular weekly e-newsletter. Not every event can be published in ARTbeat due to space limitations.
Please note that ARTbeat is events based and cannot include fundraisers and galas.
Survey of Organizations/Businesses
Creative and Arts-friendly Business examples include: maker and hacker space, co-working business, recording studios, galleries, film production companies, architectural and graphic design firms, toy makers, digital game designers, art supply stores, bookstores, coffee houses, cafes, retailers of locally made artists’ creations, furniture designer, arts education (art classes/workshops), design and photography studios, casting offices, culinary schools, hair design studios, yoga studios, jewelry design and retail, etc.
Arts and Cultural Organization examples include: dance/theatre companies, artist service organizations, writers’ groups, museums, youth arts/arts education organizations, music/heritage/fringe festivals, artist collectives/cooperatives, choirs/choral groups, historical societies, woodworking guilds, culture bearing and ethnic focused arts, service organizations with arts programming, etc.
Survey of Individual Artists/Creatives
We are interested in the individual space needs of all self-identified artists and creatives who have a sincere commitment to their art or creative work in any and all of its forms. If you consider your work to be a form of art or creative expression, then we probably will too.
Individuals need not make any income from their art or creative work, or pursue their practice full time. We consider individuals to have a commitment to their art or creative work if they have or are developing a body of work, have studied or are actively training in their art/creative work, have a desire to grow as an artist or work professionally in their creative field and/or are actively engaged in the creation and expression of their art.
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