Anti-Bullying School Concert Tour Embraces Our Differences

Nearly 7,000 students from 10 Sarasota schools to participate during the week-long event.
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SARASOTA, Fla. - Nov. 8, 2015 - PRLog -- The Allstar Nation Tour has teamed-up with Embracing Our Differences to reach nearly 7,000 Sarasota students through music, messages, and personal stories about bullying and prevention. The week-long program begins Monday, Nov. 9 at Booker Middle School and concludes at Pine View High School Friday, Nov. 13

The Allstar Nation Tour (!/allstarnationtour) is a free supplemental anti-bullying ( concert assembly. It features nationally known independent recording artists who perform and speak out against bullying across the country. The 60-90 minute concert is highly-engaging, memorable, and held in morning and afternoon sessions in front of 500 to 2,000 students and faculty, depending on the school district.

Artists from American Idol, The Voice, and X-Factor are scheduled to perform including Top 6 X-Factor USA finalist Drew Ryniewicz ( of Chino Valley, AZ, Season 10 American Idol Top 8 Boys finalist Robbie Rosen ( of Merrick, New York, and The Voice Season 6 contestant Branden Mendoza ( of New Caney, Texas. Oklahoma native and Indie Music Channel’s 2014 “Best New Teen Artist of the Year” Lauren Carnahan ( is also scheduled to perform.

Students from 10 schools in Sarasota county in grades 4-12 from 12 schools will attend the assemblies. Times and performance locations include:

Date  Time  Performance Location  Address  Audience  Students
11/9 -  8:30 a.m.  Booker MS, 2250 Myrtle Street, Sarasota
11/10 -  8:30 a.m.  North Port HS, 6400 West Price Blvd., North Port
11/11 - 10:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.  Riverview HS  1 Ram Way, Sarasota
11/12 - 10:00 a.m. Riverview HS, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota
11/12 - 12:45 p.m. Booker HS, 3201 N Orange Avenue, Sarasota
11/13 - 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.  Pine View HS  1 Python Path, Osprey

Ryniewicz became America’s sweetheart in 2011 when she won over millions of fans with her playful personality and performance with pop star Justin Bieber during the debut season of X-Factor. She recently debuted a new single titled Ugly off her new EP scheduled to be released later this year.

Rosen competed in American Idol in 2011 making it through to the Top 8 Boys group. He recently released his debut EP titled Just Like a Rose ( It features five original songs with a mix of uplifting ballads, dance tunes, feel-good and inspirational music.

Mendoza, who is the lead singer of a trio band called “My Only Escape (”, competed on NBC’s The Voice Season 6.  The band includes drummer Daniel Rascoe and Spencer Fort on guitar. They recently released a new single titled Party Up.

Carnahan, who plays the ukulele, guitar, and piano, recently released her debut EP titled "Out of Nowhere (” featuring six original singles.

According to the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition (, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Florida with 2,961 cases reported in 2014. In a 2010 survey of more than 2,000 Sarasota middle school students, 18 percent admitted they had thought about suicide, and 11 percent had a specific plan how to end their lives.

The latest Florida Department of Education ( statewide report ( on school safety and discipline shows that more than 3,800 total incidents of bullying in Florida schools was reported in the 2013-2014 school year. Sarasota district schools reported 24 total incidents of bullying.

The performances are made possible by Embracing Our Differences, a not-for-profit organization based in Sarasota that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this through an annual, large-scale outdoor juried art exhibition and a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs, and resources designed for teachers and students.

Since 2004, downtown Sarasota's Island Park has been the backdrop for Embracing Our Differences’ colorful, larger-than-life canvases integrating powerful imagery and thought-provoking messages celebrating diversity. The annual outdoor exhibits are the heart of a year-round program of activities designed to use the arts as a catalyst to create awareness and promote diversity.

The Houston-based Allstar Nation Tour has exploded in popularity since its debut in August 2014. The tour has performed more than 100 assemblies for more than 100,000 students and faculty at more than 100 schools in Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, Florida, and Oklahoma. For information, visit or call 713-562-1708.

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