Diversity In Sarasota - Embracing Our Differences 2014. If you want proof that Sarasota is a diverse, welcoming community look no further that the current display of Embracing Our Differences now showing at Sarasota's Island Park between March 30, 2014 and June 1, 2014.
I firsts encountered the Embracing Our Differences exhibit at Sarasota's Island Park several years ago prior to relocating from Orlando, Florida. It made a significant impression on me, as I'm sure it does to thousands of others, that Sarasota is a city that accepts and embraces diversity. In fact, Embracing Our Differences estimates over 1,600,000 visitors have viewed the exhibit since its inception in 2004.
Here is a quote from the Embracing Our Differences website:
"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 honored while teaching the importance of being an “up-stander,” not a “by- stander.”
The actual exhibit consists of 39 billboard size panels on display that have been selected from submissions from local, national and international students, artists and writers. Each submission represents an interpretation of the theme "enriching lives through diversity."
Embracing Our Differences is unique to Sarasota, a very special place to make your home. Diversity In Sarasota - Embracing Our Differences 2014.