Deadline: October 15, 2018

“Sometimes when there is only silence, yours must be the voice that is heard.”
~ Jayda E., 6th Grade, Louis R. Johnson Middle School

Cash Award: $1,000

The 2019 Embracing Our Differences international art exhibit will be returning to Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota from January 19 through March 15, 2019. Last year’s exhibit attracted more than 200,000 visitors.

A critical part of the international art exhibit is the impact of personal thoughts that accompany each piece of artwork.

These quotations provide members of our community a chance to voice their thoughts, feelings and ideas reflecting our theme of “enriching lives through diversity.” The combination of visual art and the written word adds a deeper dimension to the overall experience.

In 20 words or less, share your original thoughts on “enriching lives through diversity” and become part of this enlightening project.

* What does embracing our differences mean to you?

* What does diversity mean to you?

* Have you ever been bullied? How did you feel?

* Have you witnessed someone being bullied? How did you feel?

* What are you looking for in a best friend?

* What would a perfect world look like?

* How would you change the world?

Please consider sharing your thoughts and know that you are helping make to create a community that is safe and inclusive for all.

Submit as many original quotations as you wish at There is no submission fee.

Teachers may complete submissions on behalf of their students and at their discretion, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their students.