About Us

Embracing Our Differences is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarasota, Florida, that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this through an annual, large-scale, juried art exhibition and a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs and resources designed for teachers and students.


Through the transformative power of the arts, we educate and inspire to create a better world.


A world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.

Education Initiatives

Our year-round education initiatives represent the most important aspect of our efforts – reaching and impacting the lives of thousands of area students and teachers. Since 2004, more than 477,000 students have participated including 41,585 students during the 2020-2021 school year alone.

In addition to free field trips, Embracing Our Differences initiatives include workshops by nationally recognized educators and lesson plans connected to art appreciation, character building and Social Emotional Learning. All lesson plans are created under the supervision of Sarasota County School District’s curriculum team and fully incorporate Florida State Standards.

Teachers who participate in our education programs overwhelmingly rate them as meaningful and relevant educational experiences for their students. Of teachers surveyed during the 2020-2021 school year, the average overall rating for overall program experience was 4.8 / 5 stars.

Explorations Contact: Ben Jewell-Plocher

Phone: 941-404-5710

Email: Ben@EmbracingOurDifferences.org

Website: http://www.embracingourdifferences.org

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