Embracing Our Differences: Inviting applications for the theme-‘enriching lives through diversity and inclusion’ to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.

Funding brief: Diversity is at the heart of what it means to be an artist. Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences international juried competition.

Featuring 45 billboard-size images, each work of art is created by local, national and international artists reflecting their interpretation of our theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.”

The 2019 exhibit will be displayed from January 19 through March 14, 2019, in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

Theme: Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” This may include, by way of suggestion only, any one or more of the following: appearance; racial differences; physical or mental impairment; language, religious or cultural differences; environmental stewardship; social economic status; sexual orientation or identity; gender identity, positive attitude; inclusiveness; acceptance; taunting, bullying and confrontation; human rights and equality; understanding and kindness; empowerment or any other topic which you believe furthers our theme of “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” Do not feel limited by these suggestions. They strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme. To download the full Art Selection Criteria, please click here.

Criteria: All submissions must be an original concept and execution and not a copy or reproduction of the work of another. Final selections for inclusion in the exhibit will be made by a three-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals based on artistic excellence and originality in reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” Judges will also consider:
● How effective the art will read when enlarged to billboard size (16 feet (4.9 m) wide by 12.5 feet (3.8 m) high) and displayed outdoors.
● Is the theme clear and easily understood?
● Does the art explore the theme in an unusual or previously unexplored manner?
● Will the art and its message prompt discussion?

Donor Name: Embracing Our Differences
Funding name: No specific fund name

Deadline: October, 15th, 2018 at midnight (Pacific Standard Time)

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: A total of $3,000 (US) will be presented in the form of three separate awards – $1,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult;” “Best-in-Show Student;” and the “People’s Choice.” Both “Best-in-Show” awards will be granted by a three-judge panel of art professionals. The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibit.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● Artists, professionals, amateurs, students – everyone can participate. National and international submissions are encouraged. There is no submission or entry fee and there is no limit on the number of submissions.
● There is no restriction on entering art which has been submitted to previous competitions.
● You may not submit art or quotations to our annual competitions through this website or any related website unless you are 13 years old or over. Your submission to our annual competitions through our website or any related website indicates confirmation that you are at least 13 years old.  If you are under the age of 13, you may still enter your art or quotation by submitting it through the mail.  Please click one of the following to links to learn how to submit your art or quotation by mail.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply:Click to view
● Form (Proposal): Click to view
● About: Click to view

How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (Click to view).

Submit Online:
● Please review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section below for full details on all technical requirements for submitting your art;
● Your art may be any size and medium; however to submit digitally requires a digital file of your art which is capable of being uploaded to our server;
● Your art must be HORIZONTAL in orientation which means that it must be wider than it is tall – submissions that do not meet this requirement will be disqualified (see the example below):
● Please label your digital art file with the “title” and your name – for example, “Coexistence-Mark Smith;”
● Your digital file must be a high resolution image of no less than 300 dpi (the higher the better);
● Your digital file must be less than 400 MB in size; AND
● Include a brief (200 word maximum) “Artist Statement” explaining your art, your creative process and/or what the theme means to you.
● If making more than one submission online, you will need to create a separate entry for each one.
● Teachers may complete and submit art on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their student(s). Teachers submitting student art work should click here or email us for a simplified submission process.

By Mail:
● Please review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section below for full details on all technical requirements for submitting your art;
● A digital file of your art contained on a CD or flash drive. Please name each file with the “title” of the artwork and your name – for example, “Coexistence-Mark Smith;”
● Your art must be HORIZONTAL in orientation which means that it is wider than it is tall – submissions which do not meet this requirement will be disqualified (see the example below);
● A color print of your art submission (ink jet is sufficient) with your name and artwork title clearly printed on the back;
● A completed and SIGNED submission form;
● Teachers may complete and sign submission forms on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their student(s). Teachers submitting student art should click hereor email us for a simplified submission process; AND
● A separate sheet of paper with a brief (200 word maximum) “Artist Statement” explaining your art, your creative process and/or what the theme means to you.
● Completed submission packages should be mailed to: Embracing Our Differences, PO Box 2559, Sarasota, FL 34230-2559 USA
● Express mail, such as FedEx or UPS, should be delivered to: Embracing Our Differences, 1209 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239  USA

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