THE ‘ART’ OF RECONCILIATION WITH ACCOR – Indigenous Art Class
December 6, 2012
It was National Reconciliation Week (NRW) last week (from 27 May – 3 June) and being one of the country’s biggest indigenous supporters – not only through employment but also through training, partnering with Indigenous businesses and proving education and scholarships – the Accor Hotel group celebrated with a variety of hotel events and activities taking place across Australia. Hotels were encouraged to organise celebrations such as a morning or afternoon tea to celebrate Reconciliation, display NRW posters and information in staff areas, use digital signage to communicate Accor’s support of NRW and wear NRW badges during the week. On Tuesday 29th May Novotel, Hotel Ibis and Pullman at Sydney Olympic Park and Mercure Sydney Parramatta participated in an Aboriginal Art Class and Cultural Session run by some of their very own Indigenous Employees Oscar Close, Shane Blackmore and Lindsay Cobbo. They learnt about how the Aboriginal Art Work tells a story using different symbols and how Aboriginals for all different tribes can communicate to each other through art.
A small testimonial from Belinda Thompson – Director of Sales and Marketing. ‘What can I say about the wonderful experience our team had today at the Sydney Olympic Park hotels? We were engaged in a story about our indigenous culture and then taken through a painting experience. We were told about the way the Indigenous culture paint and what the colours and symbols mean to them. We were then given the opportunity to try this past time on canvas boards. The budding artists came out in some of our team with very creative uses of nails, tooth brushes, sticks and even the simple finger painting. Thank you for our team who put on this wonderful hour, I am sure we will display our artwork with pride around the hotels’.
Pictured with Garth is Wayne Taranto – General Manager of Pullman Sydney Olympic Park and Paige Heesh – Receptionist at Pullman Sydney Olympic Park
Lindsay Cobbo – F&B Attendant in the Brewery, Shane Blackmore – GMT, Oscar Close – F&B Attendant Novotel SOP and myself Courtney Visser – Assistant HRM SOP Hotels