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Student and staff artwork, quotes featured at outdoor art exhibit

Embracing Our Differences is a nonprofit organization which hosts an outdoor art exhibit featuring local, national and international artists, writers and students reflecting on this year’s theme, "Embracing Kindness."

It’s the 20th anniversary of the event “meant to educate and inspire to create a better world.”

The exhibits are displayed at Sarasota’s Bayfront Park, near Marina Jack.

This year, two students from Manatee County’s traditional public schools have artwork featured in the exhibit.

Also, two district employees and one Braden River Middle School student have their quotations in the show.

Two more elementary students were named “Rising Stars” for their artwork.

The exhibit is on display from January 18 through March 12, 2023.

Student artwork featured:

Priscilla Navarrete, Palmetto High School (9th grade student) 

Samaria Rhoden, Bayshore High School (10th grade student) 

Quotes featured:

Kathleen Brand, Braden River Middle School (staff) 

Cameron Brand, Braden River Middle School (student)

Nuris Fanning, Samoset Elementary School (staff) 

2023 Rising Stars:

Cheomin, Gullett Elementary (5th grade student)

Stephanie, Oneco Elementary (5th grade student)