The Public Life of the Imagination: a Lecture by Lewis Hyde

The Public Life of the Imagination
by Lewis Hyde

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

(Halifax)  To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Visual Arts Nova Scotia (VANS) is presenting a free lecture by author and cultural critic Lewis Hyde. This event will explore questions related to the value and meaning of art in contemporary life as well as alternative ways in which we can measure the importance and value of art, culture and creativity in our society as a whole.

The Public Life of the Imagination will take place at the Paul O’ Regan Hall of the Halifax Central Library at 7pm, and we invite all attendees to join us for a dessert reception in the hall at 6pm. We expect that there will be a few tickets available at the door, but to guarantee your spot please reserve your tickets today on Eventbrite. If you already have your tickets we will scan them upon arrival at the Paul O’ Regan Hall (down the ramp from the Queen Street entrance to the Halifax Central Library). This venue is fully accessible.


More about Lewis Hyde: In his 1983 book, The Gift, Hyde illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of artistic practice. Trickster Makes This World (1998) uses a group of ancient myths to argue for the kind of disruptive intelligence all cultures need if they are to remain lively, flexible, and open to change. Hyde’s most recent book, Common as Air, is a spirited defense of our “cultural commons,” that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich in the present.

A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde teaches during the fall semesters at Kenyon College, where he is the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Creative Writing.


Visual Arts Nova Scotia recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Arts Nova Scotia as well as from NSCAD University and the Contemporary Studies Programme at the University of King’s College.

For more information, see the VANS website or contact:

Carri MacKay
Programming Coordinator
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
t: 902-423-4694, 1-866-225-8267