Graphic designs by three Iranian artists Mohammad Afshar, Maedeh Mosawerzadeh and Mona Farsi will go on display at Embracing Our Differences, an outdoor art exhibition which will be held in Sarasota, Florida from March 31 to May 28, 2013.
In Spite of Every Belief, Next to Each Other by Mohammad Afshar
Making a Beautiful World by Maedeh Mosawerzadeh
17 years old, 12th Grade, Fine Arts School of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, Teacher: Elaheh Moghaddami
Embracing Our Differences by Mona Farsi
The Island Park of Sarasota will host Embracing Our Differences, which will put on show 41 billboard-size graphic designs. Since 2004, "Embracing Our Differences" has been viewed by more than one million visitors.
The exhibition is an international outdoor art exhibition intended to demonstrate in a positive way that diversity enriches today lives.
About the exhibit: The Embracing Our Differences project promotes anti-bias education throughout our community and works to teach everyone the importance of being an "up-stander", not "by-stander." The mission of Embracing Our Differences is to use the arts 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.
Hatred, bullying and discrimination are all too common occurrences in southwest Florida. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, in 2011 Florida ranked second in the nation for the number of active hate groups within the state. The Embracing Our Differences project is working to create a vibrant community that is safe and inclusive for all.
The centerpiece of the Embracing Our Differences project is an international outdoor art exhibit featuring 39 billboard size images (12.5 feet by 16 feet) created by local, national and international artists, writers and students. The display reflects the artists' interpretations of the theme "enriching lives through diversity."
As Embracing Our Differences celebrates its 10th anniversary, our phenomenal growth continues. Beginning next spring, the annual exhibit will not only be on display in Island Park on Sarasota's bay front but also in Anthony T. Rossi Waterfront Park in downtown Bradenton as well as North Port.
2012 was a very exciting year with Embracing Our Differences hosting 249,000 visitors to Island Park bringing total attendance, since 2004, to more than 1,350,000.
Last year's exhibit featured art and quotations selected from 4,502 submissions representing 53 countries and 40 states including such distant lands as China, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Philippines, Romania, and Thailand. More than 65% of the submissions were made by students from 127 schools in 14 countries.
See all works to be exhibited at the 2013 event.
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