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2023 Golden Paintbrush Winners –and– Vote Now for Community Voice Award!

Archived News Release: September 29, 2023 - ​The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission is announcing the winners of the 2023 Golden Paintbrush Awards: Embracing our Differences and CultureVerse. 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 2023 Golden Paintbrush Award winners are:

Embracing ou​r Differences

Embracing our Differences is a nonprofit organization in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Their mission is to use the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It was founded in 2021 by Nancy Margolis, who saw a need to expand the community conversation around diversity using art.

EOD held their first juried outdoor art exhibit in 2022. The art consists of 16'x12' billboard-size posters  which are mounted in parks in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Each piece in this ongoing project explores the theme of “enriching our lives through diversity." EOD's year-round education initiatives, featuring age-appropriate curriculum, represent the most important aspect of their efforts – reaching and impacting the lives of thousands of students and teachers locally and around the world.


CultureVerse's mission is to serve the local and global community by expanding opportunities to access and experience projects, storytelling, and creative expressions of artists, educators, students and preservations. CultureVerse provides technology, training, consultation and other resources in order to create equitable and sustainable opportunities. In addition, CultureVerse aims to bridge the gap between creator and community so all people may be enriched by every expanding breath of art and knowledge.​​

The Public Art Commission also invites the public to make their choice for their favorite piece of art, which will then be recognized as Golden Paintbrush Community Voice Selection. To see images of both projects, get additional information, as well vote, please visit Community Voice voting will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. ​

More information can be found at

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Media Contact Information

Robert Kellar
Communications Specialist
734.794.6000 x41524
[email protected]

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