|Our mission is to engage diverse audiences with a uniquely intimate look at how ordinary people became participants in such an extraordinarily heinous event in Marion, Indiana to convey the stakes of dehumanization and the need to challenge targeting and group violence today. As visitors to Always in Season Island put themselves in the shoes of everyone involved in the August 7, 1930 lynching, they will learn how this history informs the present. To help people move through this virtual world experience safely and constructively and then go on to take action in their own communities, we are partnering with non-profit organizations to engage students and educators with machinima videos, education modules, presentations at academic conferences, panel discussions, pamphlets, film screenings, and more.
After extensive testing and feedback with a multidisciplinary team at Hampton University, the facilitated environment of Always in Season Island will ultimately be extended from an audience of students and educators to the general public. An exciting aspect of our partnership with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) that owns the collection of lynching photographs and postcards called Without Sanctuary means that when NCCHR opens in Atlanta in 2012 and hundreds of thousands of visitors see the Without Sanctuary exhibit, the constant stream of visitors will get to further their experience and enrich their understanding of the multiple perspectives of the people involved in lynchings by experiencing Always in Season Island.
Recently during a 10-day residency at the Bay Area Video Coalition Producers Institute for New Media Technologies, the prototype for our island was created.
Engagement/Outreach Partner Organizations