49: CONNECTING THE DOTS 

is a diversity campaign in honor of the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting June 12, 2016. 49 is a series of authentic, candid portraits and stories of individuals in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties in northwest Florida, compiled to celebrate the full spectrum of local diversity. This campaign works to increase the awareness of prejudice and aims to educate us about strength in the diversity and the connectedness that stems from it.  Stories shared will include local individuals with a varied compilation of race, sexuality, disability, religion, ethnicity, social economic standing, interests and other attributes. Our diverse community brings to the table a rich array of life experiences and viewpoints that lead to a healthier quality of living.

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(EXAMPLES OF PORTRAITS WITH FULL NARRATIVES BELOW)


PENSACOLA MUSEUM OF ART INTERACTIVE EXHIBIT OF "49"

On October 21, 2016, Sunday’s Child unveiled an interactive art exhibit at the Pensacola Museum of Art at 407 South Jefferson Street. The exhibit showcased Sunday’s Child’s ongoing 49: Connecting the Dots campaign.   The exhibit is inspired by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and her the brightly-colored polka-dotted works.  The white room serves as a blank canvas.  Over the course of the exhibit, colored dot stickers representing individuals and their personal stories were placed by museum visitors throughout this space.  The exhibit continued until November 2, 2016. 

BLANK CANVAS OF LIVING, DINING, AND OFFICE AREA.  

BLANK CANVAS OF LIVING, DINING, AND OFFICE AREA.  

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VISITORS PLACE DOT STICKERS OF THEIR CHOICE THROUGHOUT THE EXHIBIT

VISITORS PLACE DOT STICKERS OF THEIR CHOICE THROUGHOUT THE EXHIBIT

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EXHIBIT OF 49:  CONNECTING THE DOTS WITH PORTRAITS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS AND COLORFUL ROOM.

EXHIBIT OF 49:  CONNECTING THE DOTS WITH PORTRAITS OF LOCAL RESIDENTS AND COLORFUL ROOM.

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PORTRAITS OF ESCAMBIA & SANTA ROSA RESIDENTS


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“I am working towards my private pilot’s license. When I’m in the air, it’s the only time I can get out of my chair and be free. People say that handicapped people can’t do anything, but I am living proof that handicapped people can do anything they put their mind to.”


“My husband and I are both retired. He was an engineer and later managed my law firm in New Orleans. We have been together for 25 years. We are pictured here with our five grandchildren from my previous marriage. Our job now is helping to make happy childhood memories for them.”

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“My yoga mat is a safe place. A place where I can give my body respect, my mind peace, and my soul nourishment. A place where Life’s everyday problems aren’t hidden - they’re faced with integrity. This is why I teach the practice of yoga and share it with our community.”