VANDOCUMENT Team Hangout at The Rumpus Room
Put the computers and smart phones away - we're gonna get to know each other the old fashioned way: face to face, grabbin' a drink in the sun
We live in a digital age. While the convenience of working from remote locations as varied as a home office, a library, a cafe, or even overseas might be appealing for it’s freedom, it has a downside: it disconnects us from each other.
The VANDOCUMENT team is a group of passionate, creative individuals who largely did not know one another before joining the team. We were brought together by a shared interest in supporting Vancouver’s arts communities through documentation and publication. In these early days of our organization, our work is done mostly remotely.
Despite the physical disconnection, we’re doing great collaborative work.
Yet we also know that nothing beats seeing a person’s face, connecting that person with the photos, vids, words, and contributions you’ve seen from them, and gaining a deeper understanding and respect for them.
So one sunny Vancouver afternoon in July, we gathered at The Rumpus Room‘s flamingo-filled outdoor patio and had our first Team Hangout. It was a fantastic occasion; due to our shared interest and participation in Vancouver’s arts, the rapport amongst everyone was instant and strong.
We reviewed the massive strides we’ve made in our first few months, we discussed our business plan, we shot around story ideas, and we shared technical know-how and tips. We also talked about life, love, and had a good laugh (or ten).
We plan keep this goodness goin’ by holding Team Hangouts once each month, at a different location each time. Where should we hit up in early August? (give us your opinion in the Comments after this article..)
Present at The Rumpus Room:
Hailey McCloskey – writer, idea generator
Jade Tong – project manager
Risa Yamaguchi – assistant
Igor Santizo – creative direction, in studio interviews, visionary
Tara Flynn – videographer
Leslie Kennah – videographer, photographer
Annie Briard – business consulting, copy edit, videographer, writer
Celesse “Cici” McCarthy – assistant ed, writer, social media
Ash Tanasiychuk – founder, editor in chief, photographer
Big shouts to The Rumpus Room for accommodating us, and having the most colourful patio in town.
Image Gallery – photos by Ash Tanasiychuk
Founder of VANDOCUMENT. Photographer, illustrator, lover and supporter of arts & culture.