Picturing the Capricorn Coast's new cultural landscape
ZIMBABWE, Nepal, Greece, China, Brazil, Germany and Norway are just a few of the diverse nationalities found in Capricorn Coast communities.
And to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community, a large fabric sea shell art piece will be launched next week - compiled by several artists and community members as part of a multicultural art project.
The project engaged local artists Jet James and Petra Meer to guide participants in creating their own individual art pieces, which were stitched together to make a work titled Shell Story.
More than 40 nationalities are represented in the Livingstone Shire and in recognition of this, the council partnered with Central Queensland Multicultural Association and Capricorn Coast Multicultural Group to create the art piece.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the project was funded under the Regional Arts Development Fund with support from the State Government.
"Council aims to embrace this diversity and promote an inclusive, liveable community where everyone feels they belong," he said.
"The Shell Story project celebrates this diversity through art and demonstrates council's commitment to our multiculturalism."
Councillor Jan Kelly said community members who contributed to the multicultural art project represented 16 nationalities.
"Each participant provided a personal insight into their culture by recounting their journey and reflecting on their settlement within the shire," Cr Kelly said.
"It's a wonderful creation, well worth seeing."
A catalogue identifying the participants' contributions and their journey accompanies the final art piece.
The community is encouraged to attend the launch of the Shell Story artwork at Yeppoon Library on June 29 at 10am.
For further information, phone the council 4913 3840 or email communitycentre@living stone.qld.gov.au.