The intent of this public art installation is to give the local community and visitors an opportunity to reflect on the city’s path to inclusivity while enjoying one of Sarasota’s most beautiful greenspaces. It will be a visual representation of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the ethical, economic, and cultural well-being of Sarasota and its citizens.
The mission of the Diversity Public Art Project is to create an iconic artwork installation for Sarasota’s Bayfront Park, representing our city’s aspiration and commitment to equality, inclusion, and diversity.
Unifying Through Art
Art is a great equalizer. Two people can view the same sculpture, at the same time, in the same light, and feel vastly different emotions. Hope, despair, validation, confusion, elation, euphoria, inspiration, anger, joy, sadness, confidence, fairness, beauty, bleakness, something, nothing, anything. Art makes us think and feel. What each of us experiences is different—different from each other, and maybe even different from the way we felt just the day before.
The act of experiencing provocative art at once unifies us and lets us be unique. It allows us to honor difficult feelings and feel the elation of positive emotions. That is what the Diversity Public Art Project will bring to Sarasota.
The Diversity Public Art Project committee is committed to seeing this important project through to installation and introduction to the community. Once the installation is complete, the city of Sarasota will officially take ownership of this artistic public display and will manage its upkeep for as long as the piece resides in Bayfront Park.
To learn more or donate, please visit https://sarasotaarts.org/programs/public-art/oneheart/https://sarasotaarts.org/programs/public-art/oneheart/