Way Out of No Way: The XR Marinship Project of Marin City: 1942-1945
Understanding diversity, equity and social justice is enhanced by personally experiencing implicit biases. A Way out of No Way makes a community's “lost stories” come alive in a personal way. XR learning allows students to experience studies in an immersive environment where research has proven higher retention rates for learning. The tools for creating XR are available to create immersive experiences. A Way Out Of No Way provided XR Core Craft skills in a culturally relevant project examining diversity and equity. Students created multi-media experiences telling the stories of Marin City’ African-American workers in the Marin Shipyards during WWII. The project had three separate tracks; Immersive Storytelling, Music, and VR modeling. The students, known as the Marinovators created a musical tribute to the Black workers, along with a VR experience of the Shipyard and living in Marin City during WWII.
ON NOVEMBER over 200 people attended the premier of A Way Out of No Way at the Marin Gateway Center in Marin City. Artist James Shields created interactive mural art that launched Marinovators songs when QR codes were clicked on smartphones. VR scenes from the Marin Shipyard allowed people to listen to Annie Small, Rodessa Battle, Jospeh James and the Rev. Leon Samuels talk about working in the Shipyard and living in Marin City.
Way out of no way music video: https://youtu.be/Hditu4pT9mc
Project overview: https://youtu.be/NvRrg6MqEF4