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Light Therapy Room: MOCA x IAM

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In late 2018, IAM partnered with Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) to pilot a project looking more closely at the intersection of mental health, innovation and public spaces via the Light Therapy Room exhibit held at MOCA. In a nutshell, the project looked at how public spaces can influence mental wellbeing. A research evaluation was part of the project, looking at the following key question:  “what would life be like if public spaces reinforced mental well-being through innovation?” Light Therapy Room, an exhibit by Oslo-based artist Apolonija Šušteršič, was a stark white room within the museum that was filled with light to stimulate a sunny day for visitors to enter. It’s widely known that light therapy and public access to light  could have public health benefits, including with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). These types of options are not only enjoyable but also promote wellness in the community. The aim of our IAM project was to also explore how a space like Light Therapy could be replicated in other public spaces in order to diversify access and reach a greater number of people.

Pam Sethi, CIO of IAM, recently presented our light therapy work at the Healthy City Design 2019 International Congress, in London, England. The presentation included an expert panel discussion on innovation in mental health as well as a poster presentation for conference attendees on our work related to the Light Therapy Room. We discussed the role of co-design and engagement with people with lived experience in our innovation platform.  

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