Embracing Our Differences: Inviting applications for ‘Submitting Art’ for the theme-“enriching lives through diversity and inclusion”.

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 50 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 2020 exhibit will be on display January 18 – April 5, 2020 at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

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; Holocaust awareness/”Butterflies of Hope” 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.

Artistic Themes (suggestions, but not limited to)
Appearance
Racial Differences
Physical or Mental
Impairment
Language
Religious or Cultural Differences
Environmental Stewardship
Social Economic Status
Positive Attitude
Inclusiveness
Self-acceptance
Self-awareness
Taunting & Bullying
Confrontation
Human Rights & Equality
Understanding & Kindness
Empowerment

Artistic Merit
Upon categorization of submissions as reflected above, the following subjective criteria (ranked from most important to least important) shall be applied to each theme group for the rejection of lesser works:
Theme is clear and easily understood — Talking points may expand understanding of the submission but are not necessary.
Aesthetic quality.
Effectiveness in large scale format – Will the submission effectively reproduce in a large scale format (16 feet wide by 12.5 feet high).
Originality in concept — Does the submission explore a theme in an unusual or previously unused format?
Power and Impact of Message — Is the submission worthy of discussion?
Art Medium — Does the submission use an art medium in an interesting or fresh manner which will add to mix of media in final grouping?
Originality in imagery and in content – Does the submission use images or content obtained from other media in common use?

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

Deadline: October, 8th, 2019 by no later than 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.
Only a digital file of your original art work will be accepted. Due to the number received, submissions will not be returned.
The acceptable size and digital formats for creating and submitting your art: Your original art may be any size and medium; however, you must create or scan and submit it as a high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) digital file (JPG, JPEG, TIFF, PDF or EPS). Your digital art must measure no less than 12.8” (325.12 mm) wide by 8.8” (223.52 mm) high, or if larger, it must contain the same proportions. All art must have a HORIZONTAL orientation as shown below.  Submissions which do not meet our technical requirements will be disqualified.

Eligible Country: No Country Bar Found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: Click to view
● Guideline: Click to view
Proposal Form (Form): Teacher (Click to view) and General (Click to view)
About: Click to view

Templates for creating artwork in the proper dimensions: Click to view
 Letter Size paper (8.5″ x 11″): Click to view
 Legal Size paper (8.5″ x 14″): Click to view
 Tabloid Size paper (11″ x 17″): 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 400MB 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 here or 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

There is no limit to the number of pieces of art you may submit. There is no entry or submission fee. You may also submit works of art previously submitted to other competitions or to past Embracing Our Differences competitions.

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