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L’Rai Arthur-Mensah is a Project Director with Local Projects. Credits include The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, The Fashion For Good Experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands and The Greenwood Rising Museum in Tulsa, OK. Prior to joining Local Projects L’Rai worked as a lead on projects ranging from implementing mixed reality experiences at the Superbowl to creating an online digital version of Kara Walker’s Sugar Baby with Creative Time. L’Rai holds a B.S.E in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Greenwood Rising and the Ethics of Immersion
How can creators share difficult truths in the most powerful way possible? How can they include communities in the process of developing and sharing work? What are digital and interactive media producers’ responsibilities when interpreting the lived experience of real people and true stories? These are questions the Local Projects’ team tackled head-on during our time designing Greenwood Rising, a history center about Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre. Through the innovative interaction of interactive digital media and real-world set design, we wove a complex narrative tapestry capturing the beginnings, tribulations, and triumphs of the Greenwood District.