The art of being inclusive

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Connecting: Somerville Secondary College year 10 student Angelica Haskins with her winning entry to the “social inclusion” art competition. Picture: Supplied

SOMERVILLE Secondary College year 10 student Angelica Haskins has won the Picture This art competition, which aims to spread the message that social inclusion is important for everyone to consider.

The competition encourages students to get creative and produce artwork depicting their interpretation of how social inclusion can work for everyone. Students set aside time to think about disability and what social inclusion means. They take on board that people with different abilities are often excluded from mainstream activities – denying them opportunities others take for granted.

Visual arts co-ordinator Stephanie Zurcas said the college considered social inclusion an “important civil and ethical right”.

“We do this through inclusion in the classroom, schoolyard, events and sports,” she said.

“Through the Picture This art competition we are seeking to further establish and embed social inclusion within the community as a characteristic of the school’s culture and practice.”

Angelica’s artwork will appear on Wallara Australia’s fleet of 25 buses to help spread the message of social inclusion throughout the community.

She will be presented with a cheque for $250 at Wallara’s annual concert at Frankston Arts Centre, Saturday 21 October. For tickets call the box office 9784 1060.

First published in the Western Port News – 12 September 2017

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