For the 3rd year running, we were proud to support and show artwork for one of the best school programs on the planet
The traditional owners of the land and their stories have always been a huge focus at International Towers, centred as we are in the beautiful precinct of Barangaroo, itself a namesake in celebration of an incredible First Nations woman. This was the third year we have been a proud supporter of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge, which helps students learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, with a strong focus on positive contribution to society.
The magnificent artwork submitted by students in this year's challenge was on display at International Towers from the start of National Reconciliation Week until the end of NAIDOC week. We hope you had a chance to enjoy the work, which has now moved on to display at NSW Parliament House.
About the Schools Reconciliation Challenge
Reconciliation NSW is the peak body for advancing reconciliation in NSW. For more than 25 years, their programs, campaigns and resources have been guided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and are designed to inspire and support the people of NSW, in deepening their understanding of a reconciled, just, and equitable community. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are acknowledged as the First People of this land and the body aims to amplify their voices through a collaborative approach to reconciliation. Their work builds and supports a deeper understanding of how to deliver meaningful change and create a better future for all Australians.
The Schools Reconciliation Challenge is a premier program offered by Reconciliation NSW. Now in its 13th year, the challenge is a way for students to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia and contribute positively to Australian society. Every year, students are asked to create artworks and stories inspired by a theme, and to reflect on what reconciliation means to them. Over 12,000 students engaged with the challenge last year.
Since 2019, the International Towers support of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge has included financial and in-kind donations, and we've also had the pleasure of participating on the art judging panel.
Beyond our amazing exhibition
Each year we've been proud to display student artworks, mounted on exhibition boards in the foyers of International Towers, usually from National Reconciliation Week in May through to NAIDOC Week in July. Beyond this amazing exhibition here, the artworks will move to NSW Parliament House for display on the Reconciliation Wall, before embarking on a regional tour of Yass, Maitland, Dubbo and Leura in partnership with the National Trust.
The strong sense of pride and empowerment felt by students and their communities to see their artwork showcased in a state-wide exhibition is immeasurable. Not only does this provide a great outcome for students, but it also helps build and support a deeper understanding within the wider community about how to deliver real change for NSW.