Submit A Quotation - 2022 Exhibit

2022 Deadline: October 6, 2021

Cash Award: $1,000

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"Sometimes when there is only silence,
yours must be the voice that is heard."

Jayda E., 6th Grade, Louise R. Johnson Middle School


A critical part of the impact of the exhibit is the selected quotations from the general public that accompany each piece of artwork. The quotations give individuals in the larger community a chance to have their voices represented by expressing their thoughts, feelings and ideas.

The combination of visual art and the written word adds a deeper dimension to the overall experience. Since 2004, the exhibit has hosted over 3.3 million visitors, in addition to 397,000 students via our education programs, for a very unique opportunity to experience the importance of diversity and inclusion in our lives.

Please consider submitting an original quotation either online or by mail and know that you are helping to create a community that is safe and inclusive for all.

Helpful Info

Entries can be no longer than 20 words. Below are some ideas to help stimulate your thoughts about “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.”

  • What does embracing our differences mean to you?
  • What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
  • Have you ever felt discrimination? What did it feel like?
  • Have you ever been bullied? How did you feel?
  • Have you witnessed someone being bullied? How did you feel?
  • What have you done to stand up to hatred and prejudice?
  • What are you looking for in a best friend?
  • What would a perfect world look like?
  • If possible, how would you change the world?

To view past winning quotations and art, please visit our Galleries.

There is no submission fee. You may submit as many original quotations as you wish; however, you may only submit five at one time.  If you wish to submit more than five quotations, you will need to submit them separately in groups of no more than five. Feel free to email us with your questions.

Judging will take place in late November and those selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified by email. Due to the volume of submissions, only artists/writers with entries selected for display will be notified individually. All winning entries will be posted on our website by early January. “Like” us on Facebook to find out earlier.

The 2021 exhibit will be on display January  20 through April 1, 2021 at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota, Florida. 

For Educators

Teachers may complete submissions on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their students. 

Looking for resources to help students create submissions? Here is a lesson plan to help your students in their work:

Narrated Virtual Lesson  |  Lesson Plan  |  Flipchart  |  PowerPoint  |  Student Worksheet


Feel free to email us with your questions.

"Be the light at the end of the tunnel

for someone who only sees darkness."

Sarah J., 10th Grade, North Port High School (2016)