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Embracing Our Differences Michigan is attracting attention from all over the area. Read about some of the wonderful things our exhibit is inspiring in our communities.

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 […]

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

February 26, 2024
AAPS District News

“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 […]

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.

Ann Arbor nonprofit holds joint workshop on diversity and arts for Ann Arbor and Ypsi teachers

September 15, 2023

Ann Arbor nonprofit Embracing Our Differences Michigan (EOD Michigan) recently hosted a joint workshop to share curricula on diversity and the arts with both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti teachers. 

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.

EOD Michigan on FYI CTN Ann Arbor

August 14, 2023
CTN Ann Arbor

Nancy Margolis of Embracing our Differences Michigan shares how these works of art send messages of love, diversity, and equality, Humane Pet Acquisition Ordinance, and take a peek at Island Park.

Art, Diversity, and Connection at CultureVerse

June 15, 2023
Life in Michigan

Curiosity piqued and voice memo ready, I decided to document the experience, the intertwining of art, culture, and diversity. And you, my Dear Reader, are here with me, sharing this journey, your curiosity as evident as mine.

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

May 24, 2023
A2 Pulp

“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.

Ypsi schools to debut Arts Extravaganza, featuring students’ visual art, music, and dance

May 15, 2023

Ypsilanti Community Schools (YCS) will present its first K-12 Arts Extravaganza on May 16, in partnership with and sponsored by the arts nonprofit Embracing Our Differences Michigan. 

Ypsilanti Community Schools Celebrates Diversity 

March 10, 2023

Download Press Release 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 […]

Embracing Our Differences Michigan accepting new submissions for 2023 exhibit

September 6, 2022
The Eastern Echo

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
AAPS District News

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 ( started their annual exhibit in 2004 and receives entries from around the world. 

Nancy Margolis on FYI – CTN Ann Arbor

July 1, 2022
FYI - CTN Ann Arbor

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
The Detroit Jewish News

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
U-M, Michigan Medicine

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.