Australian Aboriginal Artist Calls for More Indigenous Artists in Schools to Tackle Racism

Known for his striking murals across the country, Aboriginal artist Scott Rathman is frustrated by the lack of Indigenous artists and teachers in schools.

"If we're really serious about this thing called 'reconciliation' — which we hear about once every year during Reconciliation Week — then it has to start with young kids in schools," he said.

Now he is calling for schools to take action and connect with Aboriginal artists more than what they currently do.

"The cultural bias that they've been exposed to through the education system, and potentially through their parents, is very much about how an Aboriginal person has dark skin, they live in the bush, and they eat bush tucker," Mr Rathman said.

The acting head of the School of Education at the University of South Australia, Victoria Whitington, said learning from Aboriginal artists was a great way for children to challenge stereotypes they may have.

Recently, in partnership with Catholic Education South Australia, art and cultural organization, Carclew, will be rolling out its Aboriginal Artists in Schools program.

The project's aim is to establish long-term connections between Aboriginal artists and their local schools.


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