The life and work of 32 remarkable Nova Scotians are being featured in a new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax.
Vanguard: 150 Years of Remarkable Nova Scotians profiles 32 Nova Scotians from the past 150 years whose lives exemplify innovation and change, and champion diversity. The exhibit is open from today, June 29, to October 15.
“This exhibit highlights some of the Nova Scotian innovations and contributions that have made a significant impact both provincially and nationally,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine.
“For every Nova Scotia profiled in this exhibit, we know there are dozens more also doing great things for our province and showcasing us on the world stage. Their stories and achievements inspire me, and I invite Nova Scotians to visit the museum to enjoy this captivating new exhibit.”
The Nova Scotia Museum held a competition earlier this year to determine which notable Nova Scotians would be showcased in the exhibit.
Researcher and writer John Johnston researched a list of potential candidates from each decade from 1867-2017. For each decade, the advisory committee, representing the province’s diverse communities, selected one person for the exhibit and another two that were posted for a public, online vote.
“This was a wonderful project to work on, seeking out inspiring individuals from across the province who have made such a difference,” said Mr. Johnston. “These women and men offer wonderful examples for Nova Scotians of today to admire and reflect upon.”
The exhibit, developed by the Nova Scotia Museum’s Canada 150 Project Committee, includes images and artifacts relating to the selected Nova Scotians, including Chief Peter Wilmot, Rita Joe, Maud Lewis, Alex McLean and others spanning the last 150 years.
An online exhibit, including all 45 people who were considered for the project, will be available at: https://museum.novascotia.ca.
Also on display is a collective cultural installation led by sculptor Miro Davis. Pollinating Constellation reflects the essence, heart and soul, and spirit of here, sculpted in clay by the hands of Nova Scotia’s diverse community. Hundreds of Nova Scotians contributed sculptures to the new art installation.
The Vanguard exhibit complements Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan, Nova Scotia’s comprehensive strategy that focuses on celebrating, sharing and growing our culture, our creative sector and our diverse communities.