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How often do you stop and reflect on where you’re standing, what difficult historical significance the space may have, or what weight its name may carry? The Difficult Histories Database (DHD) challenges us to question and look closer at the spaces we occupy and consider the impacts of the past on where we exist today.
When Halifax-based oceans research software and analytics company eOceans needed help to overcome design challenges with their application platform, Springboard Atlantic’s Industry Liaison Office connected eOceans with NSCAD Assistant Professor Michael LeBlanc and Master of Design student Nachiketa Katkar. The NSCAD team helped solve issues with the app by making improvements to the user experience as well as the app’s data collection capabilities.
Integrating art and craft within healthcare settings can have a positive impact on patients’ emotional and mental wellness. Passive and/or active artistic engagement can lead to improved health outcomes by lightening one’s mood, helping manage stress reactions, and reducing feelings of depression, among others. The staff at the Victoria General Hospital in Halifax (commonly known as “the VG”) regularly look for opportunities to brighten their building, and through the VG Corridor Project, are now collaborating with NSCAD University to reimagine the visual possibilities within their walls.