Last year, "Embracing Our Differences" came to Bradenton for the first time. It proved popular enough organizers are bringing it back and doubling its run here.
Since the early 1990s, "Embracing Our Differences" has been the most visible art exhibit in Sarasota. It features billboard-sized panels depicting messages about diversity and acceptance.
Last year it expanded into Bradenton. The artwork stood for two months in Sarasota, but just one month here in Bradenton.
This year, Bradenton and Sarasota get "Embracing Our Differences" for more than two full months.
It will be at Bradenton's Riverwalk and Sarasota's Island Park from March 30 through June 1.
Sarasota and Bradenton visitors will see exactly the same artwork with 39 panels arranged in triangular groups of three.
Thousands of submissions for the exhibit come from all over the world. They come from everyone from kindergarten classes to professional artists.
People who aren't artistically inclined send in quotations about diversity and tolerance, and jurors select some to pair with the artwork.
This year, 6,079 submissions came in representing 52 countries, 44 states and 126 schools.
Among the quotations submitted: "Don't stand behind someone's shadow; step out and make a larger one."
Details: March 30-June 1, Anthony T. Rossi Waterfront Park, 808 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Tickets: Free. Details: www.embracingourdifferences.org.
-- Marty Clear