The producers of an Oakland Museum of California event called “Beyond Imagining – a Virtual Experience of Justice and Healing” have asked me to tell you about their event tomorrow, Saturday, June 16th from 3 pm to 6pm. Dr. Shakti Butler and World Trust Organization will premiere its first-ever film in the VR (virtual reality) format. An afternoon of musical entertainment by Rahkii “Hyp” Holman and dance theater by the Embodiment Project, community networking, lite bites and cocktails. It’s at the Oakland Museum Of California 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA at 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA.
And the producers wrote this description, too:
For over two decades, World Trust has produced equity and diversity films, curriculum and workshops that open minds and hearts while deepening the conversation about race. The transformative educational experiences facilitated by World Trust deconstruct the system of racial inequity for learners, allowing new ideas and narratives on race to emerge. World Trust focuses on creating environments that promote justice and healing while fostering an emerging culture of respect and belonging.
World Trust Organization explores how powerful technology of Virtual Reality can compel social justice and healing – through creating a deeper awareness of another’s perspective. Studies have shown a marked increase in empathy just after a few minutes of experiencing the life of another person within a virtual reality world. With this knowledge, Dr. Shakti Butler and the World Trust team have combined its expertise in sharing messages of social justice and healing along with skill in filmmaking with the world of VR. The outcome of this combination is groundbreaking. Its potential is just at the beginning of the journey of where this can lead. Healing hearts, expanding minds, and inspiring social action – is the ultimate vision of this project.
“Virtual Reality has massive potential to interrupt bias narratives while offering powerful strategies for societal change. Although commonly used as a distraction away from justice, VR can spark healing and change beyond our re-imagining.” – Shakti Butler, PhD, filmmaker and Founder & President of World Trust
So, check it out. You can get the tickets here: Oakland Museum VR Event Tickets.
Zennie Abraham is the CEO of Zennie62Media