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 education initiative represents the most important aspect of our efforts – reaching and impacting the lives of our children. With more than 950 teachers and 43,018 students participating in the organization’s exhibit and educational programs in 2019 alone, Embracing Our Differences continues to lead as one of the largest education programs in southwest Florida.

In addition to free field trips, a variety of resources are provided which include workshops presented by nationally recognized educators and professionally developed lesson plans relating to art appreciation, character building and diversity education. All lesson plans are created under the supervision of Sarasota County School District’s Curriculum and Instruction Department. As a result of these efforts, students not only have a great field trip, but also a well-planned curriculum to accompany the experience.

Teachers who participate in our education programs overwhelmingly rate them as meaningful and relevant educational experiences for their students. Specifically, of 210 teachers surveyed in 2019, 94% felt the experience was either “outstanding” or “very good.”

Explorations Contact: Ben Jewell-Plocher

Phone: 941-404-5710

Email: Ben@EmbracingOurDifferences.org

Website: http://www.embracingourdifferences.org

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