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Exhibit welcomes 209,000 visitors.
Submissions grow to 8,350 representing 104 countries, 44 states and 106 schools.
37,877 students participate in Embracing Our Differences education programs.
Total student participation since 2004 exceeds 235,000.
Second annual Three-Day Summer Diversity Institute welcomes 51 participating educators.
Embracing Dr. Seuss' Differences Day involves 360 volunteers and 6,258 students.
More than 2,000 Dr. Seuss books distributed to Title 1 students in Sarasota County.
More than 5,000 students attend live performances from nationally acclaimed anti-bullying Allstar Nation Tour.
12,469 students participate in the Make-A-Day of It! program.
Recipient of State of Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs "
Diversity and Inclusion
New Embracing Our Differences inspired sculpture at Orange Ave. and Main St. was unveiled.
Annual visitors grow to 271,000.
Submissions grow to 6,454 representing 80 countries, 42 states and 118 schools.
Total student participation since 2004 exceeds 200,000.
First annual Three-Day Summer Diversity Institute with 50 educators participating.
Embracing Dr. Seuss' Differences Day involves 219 volunteers and 3,006 students.
More than 3,600 students attend live performances from nationally acclaimed anti-bullying Allstar Nation Tour.
Recipient of 2015 WEDU "
Be More Enriched
Bradenton's Riverwalk exhibit expands to two months - April & May.
Annual visitors to both exhibits exceed 250,000.
Submissions grow to 6,079 representing 52 countries, 44 states and 126 schools.
Total student participation since 2004 exceeds 165,000.
Creative writing and diversity teacher workshops expand to Manatee County.
First annual Embracing Dr. Seuss' Differences Day involves 121 volunteers and 2,798 students.
More than 4,300 students attend live theatrical performances through partnerships with Florida Studio Theatre, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.
2013 Tenth Anniversary
Second exhibit venue opens at Bradenton's Riverwalk Park.
Total exhibit visitors since 2004 exceeds 1,500,000.
Annual student participation grows to 25,464 representing 180 schools.
Survey of 191 participating teachers reveals that 89.6% rated the Embracing Our Differences education initiative as "
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Students benefiting from the Make-A-Day of It! Program grows to 13,877.
Patterson Foundation presents Embracing Our Differences with its 2013 "Collaborative Innovator" Award.
Submissions grow to 4,502 from artists representing 53 countries and 40 states.
Make-A-Day of It! Program expands to eleven education partners benefiting 8,111 students.
First annual two-day Art Teacher Retreat presented in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design.
Student docents provide tours to 10,910 K-8 students.
Artists attending Annual Artists & Quoters Reception travel from as far away as the Philippines.
Sarasota exhibit expands to two months - April & May.
Total exhibit visitors since 2004 grows to 1,000,000. Patterson Foundation survey of teachers reveals that 57% have participated in our educational initiative — more than any other organization.
Embracing Our Differences continues to be one of the largest education initiatives in Southwest Florida.
First annual luncheon held at Michael's on East.
Annual student participation grows to 20,000.
First annual “Writing About Diversity” teacher workshop in partnership with the Kennedy Center’s Partners-in-Education.
Make-A-Day of It! Program begins with five education partners benefiting 7,000 students.
Student Docent Program begins with 38 docents from Riverview High School IB program.
Riverview High School Co-Existence Club formed immediately becoming the school’s largest student organization.
Total student participation since 2004 exceeds 50,000.
First organization to create and distribute teacher lesson plans using Sarasota County School’s ActivBoard system.
First organization to utilize Sarasota County school system Safari video confrencing system allowing teachers to participate in on-line training classes.
2008 Fifth Anniversary
Total exhibit visitors since 2004 exceeds 500,000.
Submissions grow to more than 2,000 from artists representing 30 countries.
Annual student participation exceeds 10,000.
Exhibit includes art submitted by a fourth grade student representing Sarasota Sister City - Xiamen, China.
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota becomes fourth Community Partner.
Submissions grow to more than 1,000 from artists representing 12 states.
School based “education initiative” adopted as top priority.
Ringling College of Art and Design becomes third Community Partner.
Annual student participation exceeds 7,000.
First education partnership established with the Sarasota Film Festival.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee become first two Community Partners.
Annual visitors to the exhibit grows to more than 100,000.
Exhibit features art submitted by 124 artists from Southwest Florida.
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