30 Aug, 2011 Last updated: 16 Dec, 2014

The City of Greater Dandenong will launch a new exhibition featuring artwork by primary school students which explores the issues of identity, cultural diversity and racial discrimination.

The City of Greater Dandenong have announced a new exhibition featuring artwork by primary school students which explores the issues of identity, cultural diversity and racial discrimination will be launched in September.

Unity in Diversity forms part of a three-year project called Face to Face – The Story of Springvale.

The three-year project engages directly with people of all ages and backgrounds who live, work and visit Springvale and is funded by the City of Greater Dandenong and VicHealth’s Arts About Us program.

Greater Dandenong Mayor Roz Blades said this latest exhibition saw students from St Joseph’s Primary School, Heatherhill Primary School and Spring Park Primary School working with Artist in Residence, Sarah Catherine Firth.

“Students were asked to use comic drawing and storytelling skills to produce artwork which reflected their own experiences,” Cr Blades said.

“The project builds greater understanding, tolerance and acceptance within the community and provides the students with the opportunity to tell their own stories.”

VicHealth’s Acting CEO Associate Professor John Fitzgerald said Arts About Us projects such as Face to Face encourage people to think about how our differences make life better and more interesting, and to understand the harm caused by race-based discrimination.

“While most Victorians agree it is a good thing for society to be made up of different cultures, there are still people in the community who experience race-based discrimination,” Assoc Prof Fitzgerald said.

“Face to Face is using videos, art, writing and an interactive website to help people understand and celebrate the different cultural backgrounds that make the Springvale community unique.”

Unity in Diversity – Springvale Children’s Stories will be held from 22 September to 16 December at the Springvale Historical Society Community Gallery, 8 Hillcrest Grove, Springvale.

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