Embracing Our Differences 2008
|Category:||Art Contests > All Art Forms|
|Prizes:||$1,000 Best in Show (adult, child, people's choice)|
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The mission of Embracing Our Differences® is to use art 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.
WHAT IS THE THEME?
Artists are asked to submit their interpretation of the theme “Embracing Our Differences®”. Artists are encouraged, but not required, to explore variations on the theme of diversity beyond the typical areas of race, religion, color, etc.
WHo CAN ENTER?
Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers, students – all ages – everyone can participate. You may submit more than one entry; however, no more than two images per artist will be chosen for display. National and international submissions are encouraged.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA?
Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence in reflection of the theme “Embracing Our Differences®”. The artwork will also be evaluated on how effectively it will read outdoors when enlarged to billboard size – 6 feet wide by 12 feet high. Artists are encouraged to use bold saturated colors and strong lines. Final selections will be made by a 3-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals.
There is no submission fee.
Embracing Our Differences® will be displayed throughout the month of April 2009 at Island Park along Sarasota’s beautiful bayfront. The exhibit will contain 39 billboard-sized (16 feet wide by 12 feet high) selected works of art. Six additional images (honorable mention) will be displayed in a smaller format. Since 2004, the Embracing Our Differences® exhibit has been viewed by more than 550,000 visitors. During the same period, over 35,000 students and teachers attended the exhibit – free of charge thanks to our education program – for a firsthand observation and discussion concerning the importance of diversity in our lives.
After viewing the exhibit, one 8-year old student poignantly commented, “I learned that everyone is going to be someone.” We invite you to participate in creating a society that is more inclusive for all. Please consider submitting a work of art and know that you are helping make a difference in the lives of many, especially those of our children.