EOD Michigan wins 2023 Golden Paintbrush Award!

April 2, 2024

The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission is announcing the winners of the 2023 Golden Paintbrush Awards: Embracing our Differences Michigan. The Golden Paintbrush Awards were nominated by the community to recognize the creativity and talent of artists and organizations that have contributed to the cultural and aesthetic richness of Ann Arbor in the form of public art.

The Community Voice Award was also presented to Embracing Our Differences Michigan.

‘Embracing Our Differences Michigan’ offering free field trips to art exhibit in Gallup Park this spring

February 26, 2024

“I had seen the banners at Gallup Park, and I was very interested in the concept of using art to make people more aware and hopefully embrace all in our diverse world,” recalls EOD’s Director of Education, Key Wade.

Conversations with Nancy Margolis

December 27, 2023

Nancy Margolis shares her journey establishing Embracing Our Differences Michigan, an art and education program promoting diversity. With banners showcasing global and local art, the program stimulates conversations about diversity, offering free field trips and workshops. Margolis emphasizes the importance of fostering an inclusive society and highlights the challenge of securing sustainable funding for the program’s impactful initiatives.

Local teens collaborate with nationally-known artist to create new Ypsi mural

October 18, 2023

A mural designed by Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti students in collaboration with a nationally-known muralist now graces a building next to the Ypsilanti Transit Center. The mural’s theme of diversity and inclusion includes imagery of a bus driver connecting the two communities of Ann Arbor and Ypsi.

creative:impact – Students complete Embracing Our Differences

August 18, 2023

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. Host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of Creative Washtenaw, explores the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County. She talks with Chris Gant to learn more about Embracing Our Differences Michigan.

Embracing Our Differences Michigan installs 60 art banners in two Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti parks

May 24, 2023

“A couple years ago I saw this exhibit in Sarasota in one of their parks, and it was so fabulous that I talked to their executive director about bringing it here to Washtenaw County,” Margolis says.

The public art exhibit featured enormous vinyl banners with images celebrating diversity and inclusion.

Ypsilanti Community Schools Celebrates Diversity 

March 10, 2023

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Ypsilanti Community Schools’ young artists will show off their artistic ability at the first annual YCS Arts Extravaganza sponsored by Embracing Our Differences. The event will be held at Morris Lawrence Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College on May 16, 2023, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the diversity and inclusion of all students. The YCS Unified Arts teachers and students welcome families to view artwork displays and view student musical and dance performances. “Our YCS Unified Arts partnership with Embracing Our Differences is an opportunity for our students and teachers to exercise their voice, choice, and agency unapologetically to advocate and serve as co-conspirators for social justice and celebrate our great diversity together.” Dr. Carlos Lopez, Assistant Superintendent, Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

Ypsilanti Community Schools Visual Arts Coordinator Kathy Fisk, in collaboration with the YCS Unified Arts team, has taken the lead in coordinating this program which is a collaboration between Embracing Our Differences and Ypsilanti Community Schools. “We congratulate YCS for their exciting work in celebrating diversity. Embracing Our Differences Michigan is proud to partner with YCS and offer our support and encouragement. ” Nancy Margolis, Executive Director, Embracing Our Differences Michigan. 

All expenses for this project are being funded by Embracing Our Difference of Michigan. 

Ypsilanti Community Schools is a PreK-12 district that offers students and families access to a rigorous, culturally responsive curriculum through individualized support that helps students advance their learning. We offer project-based learning, Small Learning Communities (SLCs), small class sizes, high dosage tutoring, a K-5 and 6-12 International Baccalaureate curriculum, a STEMM Middle College, Dual Enrollment, a comprehensive Fine Arts program, and a highly qualified teaching staff that cares about the relationships we have with our students and families. 

We are committed to providing every student with an education that supports voice, choice, and student agency. We use restorative practices to create a culture of belonging where we do with and not to students, and we are intentional to ensure that every student is seen, heard, understood, valued, respected, and cared for. 

For more information, call (734) 221-1221.

Embracing Our Differences Michigan accepting new submissions for 2023 exhibit

September 6, 2022

Embracing Our Differences Michigan is accepting art and quotation submissions for its 2023 exhibit. The nonprofit organization is an art and educational program revolving around diversity, inclusion, and equity.

AAPS School Board visits Embracing Our Differences Michigan exhibit

August 1, 2022

At their retreat last week, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education visited an exhibit that uses the power of art and prose to promote diversity. They became the latest members of the AAPS community to visit Embracing Our Differences Michigan at Gallup Park and three other locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. 

Embracing Our Differences | I Spy Update

July 7, 2022

I spy “the art installation at the SE corner of Huron Parkway and Geddes,” writes Ellen Bauerle. “These are the ‘Embracing Our Differences’ banners in Gallup Park,” says Marilyn Knepp. “Wonderful billboard-size pieces on diversity and equality,” adds Amy Barnett. EOD (embracingourdifferences.org) started their annual exhibit in 2004 and receives entries from around the world. 

Nancy Margolis on FYI – CTN Ann Arbor

July 1, 2022

Nancy Margolis & Lynne Settles with Embracing Our Differences share how these billboard sized arts at area parks are changing the way people think about equality.

‘Embracing Our Differences Michigan’ Can Be Viewed at Parks in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti

June 8, 2022

Sixty vinyl banners enlarge images representing ideas by local and distant artists paired with slogans submitted independently by other interested contributors.

U-M, Michigan Medicine are ambassador sponsors to Washtenaw County’s new program Embracing Our Differences Michigan

May 18, 2022

To elevate the diversity of our experiences, stories and identities through creative expression, U-M and Michigan Medicine became major sponsors of the new non-profit organization, Embracing Our Differences Michigan.

Art is blooming in the parks this summer

May 10, 2022

Deb Polich, president and CEO of Creative Washtenaw, at the WEMU studio talks with Nancy Margolis and Lynne Settles of Embracing Our Differences Michigan about the impact art has in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities.