AHIS 330: Public Art and Trauma

How might we further the message of trauma-related public art?

Term: Spring 2020
Department: Art History
Course: AHIS 330 (Art and Trauma)
Instructor: Sandra Seekins
Staff contact: Lori Phillips (North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission)

North Vancouver’s Public Art Program works to create, program and maintain public works of art that are free and accessible to everyone. Public art can play a significant role in telling the story of difficult and traumatic events, and supporting people through a healing process. Yet, sometimes the stories can be lost or forgotten over time. Students imagined ways in which the NVRCC could further the message of trauma-related public artworks and bring them to life beyond their implementation.

City Strategy and Goal Area:

  • Council Strategic Plan 2018
    • A Vibrant City is where dynamic public spaces and places provide opportunities for connection and enable residents to engage with their community and celebrate their culture and history.
    • A City for People is welcoming, inclusive, safe, accessible and supports the health and well-being of all.
  • Official Community Plan 2014
    • Goal 6.2: Enhance and expand on the development of a well-planned mix of cultural facilities and creative community spaces
      • 6.2.1 Work with community partners to realize the full potential of cultural and community spaces as essential ‘social infrastructure’ and community living rooms, particularly in high density neighbourhoods like Central and Lower Lonsdale