The 2017 Embracing Our Differences Annual Luncheon was held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Michael's On East ballroom. The luncheon helped kick off the 15th-anniverary outdoor art exhibit, which will be on display in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park, April 4 to June 1, 2018. The luncheon speaker was Dr. Rachel Shelley, principal of Booker High School and Florida's 2017 Principal of the Year.
Forty-five area-based teachers participated in Embracing Our Differences’ sixth annual Art Teacher Retreat at The Ringling. The retreat is presented in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design and the curriculum and instruction department of the Sarasota County school district. It's designed to reinvigorate educators’ teaching practices while inspiring their art and art integration skills. Teachers create art as they learn new skills and strategies for inspiring their students.
During the 2017 World Rowing Championships, students from Sarasota and Manatee County schools were given the opportunity to play a role in something that is much bigger than themselves while learning the importance of being a good global citizen. Over the course of three days, 5,500 students received a FREE field trip to the event, observing the competitions, cheering on their "adopted" teams, having the opportunity to meet with participating athletes and viewing the Embracing Our Differences Rowing Art Exhibit.