About the Right of Being Different

This exhibition is “About the Right of Being Different.” It is literally titled that, but moreover, it really is about the below topics of differences and rights.

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It is about otherness. It is about people. It is about prejudice and the way in which we construct our attitudes surrounding uniformity and conformity. It is about you, more than you might think it is. It is about diversity and inclusion.

This exhibition pulls us out of certain comfort zones and forces us to take a long, hard look in the mirror. It asks us tough questions about the rules of our society, and it makes us culpable for the perpetuation of injustice and intolerance. Don’t look for this exhibition to be a walk down easy street. The works assembled here are full of challenges, questions, and provocation. And, for the record, it’s not about shock. It’s not about offense. Instead, this exhibition seeks to defend diversity and, as such, stands boldly as a voice for a broad range of topics that talk quite openly—about the right of being different.

Here at Progressive, we have come to talk with equal openness about these rights and about setting goals that can help shape diversity improvements in our hiring process, our business relationships, our strategies, and our lives. We recognize that all Progressive people, at a minimum, must have a greater understanding of diversity and an improved awareness of their personal contributions toward a more diverse Progressive. This exhibition is one way that we can uphold our commitments. It’s one bold leap in the direction of diverse thought—of thinking more broadly about our lives and the lives of others with openness, sympathy, and knowledge.

We have a saying in Corporate Art, “getting art is getting informed.” Similarly, we feel, getting people is getting informed. Too often in life, we develop quick negative judgments about people—especially people that are not “like” us. And, too often, those perceptions are based on very narrow thoughts. This kind of knee-jerk “understanding” of difference is really more of a misunderstanding, a lack of understanding, near-sightedness, or worse. What is difference, and how do we think about it and shape our lives around it? What causes us to fear difference? How do we frame it in society? These are among the many questions that this exhibition asks us to consider—questions we should all, without being prompted, ask ourselves.

Selections from “About the Right of Being Different”