VESSEL Update, Dec. 8 2018

Things are cooking at the VESSEL office! We are overdue for a proper update. Where should we begin…

How about with this:  We have officially rebranded our office The VESSEL Transmedia Storytelling Lab! This umbrella covers everything we are currently doing: our community art projects, our community education and outreach initiatives, and The VESSEL Project itself. Based out of the 3rd floor of the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre in Elliot Lake, Ontario, the Vessel Transmedia Storytelling Lab is a hub for creativity, community-driven projects, and digital literacy education in Elliot Lake. Our mission is to explore how media representation can progress community renewal and build civic identity through creative experimentation.

More updates after the jump…

Our first Community Project, the Ephemera Storytelling Box, is going splendidly. Our dream team of local contributing artists have collaborated to create something truly special: a fictional love story set in Elliot Lake, running from 1957 to modern day, told via a memory box of letters, journals, and other ephemera. The love story between Jude, a miner, and Genevieve, a schoolteacher, reflects the boom and bust cycle of the city while also being a swoon-worthy romance. As of now, the writing has largely been completed and the team is digging into the fascinating work of making these artefacts using period-appropriate materials.

We are excited to announce that the VESSEL Transmedia Storytelling Lab’s Ephemera Storytelling Box will launch at a special event in the lobby of the Lester B. Pearson Centre (in Elliot Lake, Ontario) on JANUARY 25TH, 2019! Mark that date on your calendar to come out and see the magic.

A call out to local Elliot Lake volunteers for handwriting actors, to help with the creation of the pieces, will be going out shortly on our social media . So keep your eyes peeled!

The VESSEL team is also gearing up for our next Community Project so watch this space!

In other news, VESSEL director Dr. Kayt Lackie presented to the 100 Elliot Lakers Who Care initiative last month in the hopes of securing funding for our community projects. While the donors selected another project (congratulations to the Mt. Dufour team), it was a fantastic opportunity to talk to members of the community about VESSEL and the work we’re doing. Thanks again to the 100 Elliot Lakers Who Care, and the Elliot Lake Rotary Club for the opportunity!

That’s about it! If you want to reach out to VESSEL for any reason – to inquire about our work, to propose a partnership with your organisation/business, or to join the VESSEL team and create cool stuff – don’t hesitate to contact us at our email address To keep up with goings-on, check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And as always, thanks so much for your support!

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