L ens Collective is an intense multimedia workshop held every spring and focuses on cultural preservation through digital storytelling. Our first program was held April 6-8, 2017 in Cleveland Mississippi at the Delta State University campus. We had 12 mentors assisting 28 students from eight institutions, including: Allegheny College, American University, Delta State University, Guilford College, Jackson State University, Ohio University, West Virginia University and The University of Mississippi.
But we need to share some history and give credit where credit is due. Stan Alost, associate professor at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, wrote a blog post this week. He states that years ago VisCom created a one-day documentary event called “Dawn to Dusk” with students photographing and designing a small special section in the local paper. Students photographed a topic for a day then edited for a day and produced the publications. Then Alost said it faded.