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Painting in Harmony mural unveiled to community

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Ignite Student Jai Shaxson with his artwork at the Tom Quinn Harmony Gardens.

A mural symbolising ‘Painting in Harmony' has been completed by local high school students and unveiled at the Tom Quinn Community Centre.

The project is a partnership between Ignite, the Bundaberg and District Neighbourhood Centre and the Tom Quinn Community Centre, with the mural featured on the retainer wall of the local organisation on Killer Street.

Bundaberg State High School Ignite students were the creators of the artwork that interprets Multicultural Harmony.

According to Bundaberg and District Neighbourhood Centre's Dianne Hicks, the project completion was due to the successful working relationships of local businesses and organisations.

“The Harmony Youth Art project would not have been possible without the willingness of the Tom Quinn Community Centre and the creative work of the Ignite students and dedicated art teacher Holly White and Bunnings for supplying the paint to make this happen,” she said.

“This is a great example of how collaboration in regional centres can bring great results.”

Diane said the artwork was a beautiful feature to a section of the Tom Quinn Community Centre that had been transformed to benefit the community.

“Over two years ago the multicultural community was offered a section of the Tom Quinn Community Centre Garden to grow vegetables not available in Bundaberg and named it the Harmony Garden,” she said.

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Ignite Students, The Neighbourhood Centre and Multicultural Community Members gather for the painting unveiling at the Tom Quinn Harmony Gardens

“There is a strong focus on planting species common to many other countries which will bring local migrants closer to feeling at home.”

Diane said the Harmony Art project was recognition and continuation of that same harmony and acceptance of all.

“Thanks to the Ignite Program for taking up the challenge and creating their interpretation of ‘Multicultural Harmony’ through and renamed ‘The Painting in Harmony Project’,” she said.

“Also, thank you to the Tom Quinn Community Centre for providing the cement sheeting and garden retainer wall for the art to be mounted on.”

The Ignite Multicultural Harmony Art Piece has been mounted on the retainer wall of the gardens, adjacent to TQ’s Café, at the Tom Quinn Community Centre.

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Thandekile Machekera and Margaret Kiprono at the Tom Quinn Harmony Gardens

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