Sarasota News Leader

05/24/2013

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ARTS AND A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE HARVEY MILK FESTIVAL ENTERTAINS AS IT URGES PEOPLE TO STAND UP FOR TOLERANCE Staff Reports For the fourth consecutive year, Sarasota revelers with a social conscience made the most of an event created to honor the life and work of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California. Harvey Milk Festival President Shannon Fortner described the event — held May 16-18 — as a "call to action." And while it featured art and music, it also offered plenty of opportunities for participants to reflect on Milk's legacy. % (Above) The Beyond Bullying exhibit at The Equality Gallery on May 17 included among its works Holy Roller by George Box (center) and paintings Grief by Alan ReNae Neal, look too soon by Caitlin Burns, Being Real in the Reels by Professor Oni, Untitled by John Lichtenstein, Green Hearts Escape by Heather Manley and Occupy This by Suzy Kelly. All photos by Arielle Scherr

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