Welcome to Slocan Park!

The Vancouver Society of Storytelling was thrilled to have our first full day of activities in our field house at Slocan Park.

Board members Layla Naquin and Nadine Pulzak celebrate our first day in the Slocan field house.
Board members Layla Naquin and Nadine Pulzak celebrate our first day in the Slocan field house.

This little cottage will be our home for the next three years, during which we hope to make deep and lasting connections with this community near Nanaimo and 29th Avenue.  We’ll also be taking on the most ambitious endeavour in our society’s history: a 10-day conference and festival in June of 2016. We hope to include our field house community in many different aspects of planning and performance for these events.

A few supplies to get us started in our new home.
A few supplies to get us started in our new home.

Our first day in the field house on Feb. 8 was a visioning session for the VSOS board to sketch out our plan for the next three years and beyond. We’re a relatively new board full of energy and excitement about this new phase for our organization. After exploring our new digs and surrounding park, we set to the creative work of brainstorming and workshopping new mission and vision statements as well as outlining our core values.

Things got rather colourful in our brainstorming session led by board members Nadine Pluzak and Donna Chen.
Things got rather colourful in our brainstorming session led by board members Nadine Pluzak and Donna Chen.

Fuelled by lots of good potluck eats and a few jaunts outside in the fresh park air, we began the process of identifying a deep desire to promote and raise the profile of storytelling at the community and performance level. What surfaced for all of us was the importance of making sure our organization — with the field house at its heart — will continue to provide performance and educational opportunities for new and experienced tellers to deepen their relationship with the ancient art of oral storytelling.

A few stretch breaks in the fresh air kept us focused.
A few stretch breaks in the fresh air kept us focused.

But we’re also anxious to forge partnerships with other arts and community organizations, as well as embrace more modern forms of storytelling, such as podcasting. We’re also embarking on a rebranding process as well as a fundraising campaign. So look for a new website and logo from us soon, as well as a crowdfunding campaign.

Board members Nadine Pluzak and Abegael Fisher-Lang led a welcoming ritual for us to greet our new space.
Board members Nadine Pluzak and Abegael Fisher-Lang led a welcoming ritual for us to greet our new space.

As is the way with a room full of artists, things got rather colourful as we adorned the walls of our new space will all of our ideas and made sure infuse it with the good vibes and great intentions we have for this new space. We left feeling inspired and ready to get started on the good work we’ll do in the coming years. Thanks for having us, Slocan, we look forward to getting to know you.

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