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Art fosters storytelling


A fully-funded art program in the Hunter Region will encourage young people to share their stories on multiculturalism within a safe environment.

Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC) will deliver the Diversity Walls project, which is designed to advocate harmony, resilience and tolerance.

A professional artist will host workshops with young people to focus on mural painting skills and discuss themes that relate to diversity.

Participants can talk about the personal impact of racism, conflict or threats, as well as how they responded to it.

Multicultural NSW chief executive, Joseph La Posta, attended the project’s official launch at Waratah last week.

He said the organisation was passionate about creating united communities.

“We have 307 different ancestries, speak over 215 different languages and practice 146 different religions – we are the most diverse state on earth,” he said.
“That’s something we should be incredibly proud of; we were the second state in the world to have legislation that championed the principle of multiculturalism, and we were the first in Australia.”

Mr La Posta added Multicultural NSW aimed to give a voice to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“We want to create a really viable settlement option for refugees in regional NSW, people from a refugee background can make a really, really meaningful impact within regional communities.”

Mr La Posta praised the Diversity Walls initiative, which will see the HMC work alongside The Wall Station – a mural and public artwork agency.

An artwork displayed at the HMC’s headquarters is the first of at least five planned for the region, with others expected to pay tribute to Indigenous Australians and the Greta Migrant Camp.

“Hunter Multicultural Communities is made up of volunteers; it’s a small but dedicated workforce,” Mr La Posta said.
“We’re proud of all of the initiatives that you have throughout the Hunter Region and, on behalf of our team, our thanks to you and everyone involved for creating such a meaningful project.”

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