To celebrate the Art Center’s 50th Anniversary, a six-foot stainless steel space capsule was created in a suburb of Philadelphia PA by Bosio Metal Specialists, Inc. with custom paint artwork by Tricked Out Custom Cycles and Wile-E-Designs. Board President, Jim Richards was the visionary who conceived of the idea of a Space/Time Capsule and he and his wife Allyson generously underwrote this remarkable art installation that will act as a vessel to house the Art Center’s time capsule.

The space capsule is designed to closely resemble the actual spacecraft, Friendship 7 that splashed down in the ocean on February 20, 1962 after John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit Earth. The flight was a great success. NASA transferred Friendship 7 to the Smithsonian Institution in 1963, which has exhibited it in buildings on the National Mall ever since.

In February 2020, Marco Island Center for the Arts unveiled its remarkable Space/Time Capsule. Research has revealed that this is one of the very few replicas of Friendship 7 worldwide and the only one to be used as a time capsule. We are now inviting members of the public to submit items to be placed in a time capsule to be opened 50 years from now in 2070. The time capsule will bring together a collection of stories, images, memories and memorabilia that reflect the past, the present and the future of the Art Center, Marco Island and the world.

Size restrictions of the capsule limits the number of physical memorabilia that can be placed inside. However, we don’t want the limited space to deter people from submitting objects to be placed in the capsule. Every item that is submitted to us will either go in the capsule or a digital image of the item will be enclosed. Everyone will have a chance to be a part of this project.

Think big! What message would you like to send 50 years into the future? What can we include today that would best represent Marco Island Center for the Arts? How do we want to be remembered? Include details about the meaning behind your idea.

But think small, too! Items must be able to easily fit into the time capsule. Larger items will need to take the form of a photo or certificate.

We encourage people to work together and submit either as an individual, community organization, business or school.

 

COMMUNITY STORIES THAT LAUNCH INTO THE FUTURE

You are also invited to create your own legacy and launch your voice into the future.  To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, Marco Island Center for the Arts embarked on its Space/Time Capsule Project.  While actual items can be submitted for review and inclusion in the time capsule, we are also including digital stories.

Right now we are facing challenging times.  Share your story today.  Stories will be included in the time capsule.  We offer the following questions for your consideration:

  • SHOW us something you’ve made at home during the coronavirus pandemic and TELL us about making it.
  • What do you miss most about Marco Island Center for the Arts during this time?
  • When the Art Center reopens, what should we do first?

If there is something else you would like to share, please feel free to do so.  You can sing a song or create your short video with a friend or family member.  Be creative and have fun.

Just click on the button below to the customized video recorder for Marco Island Center for the Arts -Stories to Launch into the Future.

It is pretty intuitive on an iPhone or other smartphone.

If you are using this on your laptop you may need to follow these steps:

  1. Click Record Video
  2. Allow Adobe Flash Player
  3. Adobe Flash Player settings will appear in a grey box. Check the little circle next to Allow and then click the Close button. 
  4. The video screen will appear. 
  5. Click the red button to start recording your message

When using a Mac, you will want to open in Google Chrome instead of Safari

  • You can record and delete if you don’t like your recording.
  • You can re-record as many times as you like.
  • You can make as many videos as you want.

We look forward to hearing your stories and we thank you for launching your voice into the future with Marco Island Center for the Arts.

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