Helping the Village of New Minas to become a more accessible and age-friendly community is the focus of a new partnership between New Minas and Acadia University. The project, “No one left behind: Accessibility and Inclusion of Older Adults in New Minas,” begins in May 2022 and is partly funded by a $10,000 Age-Friendly Communities Grant.

Rebecca Casey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, will work with third-year sociology major Allie Delaney to examine the unique needs of older adults in New Minas and determine what changes are needed to make the community more accessible.

For years Nova Scotia painter Maud Lewis's work has been described as "quaint," and "joyful." As an artist, Lewis's lack of formal training and "childlike" portrayal of the world around her is often the polestar. But has anyone ever situated Maud Lewis within the wider context of art history? Why do some artists—like Andy Warhol or Claude Monet—get praised for their repetition of certain motifs, but the same approach is often used as a point of detraction when discussing the works of Maud Lewis?

Curator and art historian Dr. Laurie Dalton explores these questions and more in her new book, Painted Worlds: The Art of Maud Lewis, A Critical Perspective, forthcoming from Nimbus Publishing on April 5, 2022. Dalton pushes past what others have already written about the artist, and focuses on what seems to be lacking in the storytelling and mythmaking: that she was a skilled artist who drew inspiration from her surroundings.

Mi'kmaw biology grad student Leah Creaser knows the value of open-mindedness, conversation and action. She's working to address the lack of Indigenous perspectives in science education by introducing students and educators to the concept of Etuaptmumk, two-eyed seeing, which means learning to view both Mi'kmaw and Western knowledge together.

Acadia University is pleased to share the Research Nova Scotia (RNS) announcement of the recipients of the 2021-2022 Scotia Scholars Awards (Undergraduate).

The Scotia Scholars Awards were created to provide financial support to high-calibre trainees engaged in health-research related academic study at Nova Scotia universities.

Acadia University will receive a one-time investment of $22 million from the provincial government to address deferred maintenance requirements on its 250-acre campus. The government announced today, March 28, 2022, that it is investing $105 million to improve infrastructure, foster research and enhance healthcare and training at the province’s rural universities.

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