DETROIT, MI (Aug. 18, 2021) – As the annual African World Festival kicks off, the Charles H. Wright Museum’s President and CEO Neil Barclay will announce the opening of an outdoor augmented reality (AR) exhibit! On Friday, August 20th at 4:00 pm, Mr. Barclay will be joined by John McAdory, Chief Strategy Officer of SpokeHub, to unveil the newest addition to the list of exhibitions at The Wright Museum.
SpokeHub is an augmented reality tech startup that specializes in providing webAR and AR engagement experiences. Providing unique (AR) experiences that extend the museums’ exhibitions, SpokeHub, in partnership with The Wright, will deliver creative cultural content that is sure to keep this year's attendees fully engaged!
Once this exhibit is opened, attendees will have the opportunity to use their smartphones to scan one of the QR codes located next to any of the 5+ panels on display, to see the AR experiences come to life.
"For SpokeHub to have an opportunity to partner with the Charles H. Wright Museum, which has consistently shared Black history for decades in Detroit, is a dream come true," says SpokeHub co-founder Richard Berryman. “Bringing augmented reality into the museum setting is the way of the future!"
Celebrating the African diaspora, visitors to this year’s festival will experience a Rock the Runway Fashion Show, African drummers and dancers, and a youth/family area, complete with storytellers and a book giveaway. The variety of stages and activity areas also includes portions of the Museum’s interior spaces. Museum exhibitions, including Enshrined: Presence + Preservation by Mario Moore, The Tuskegee Airmen National Museum and our core exhibit And Still We Rise, are all free with Museum membership. Timed admissions must be made on thewright.org website and hours will be extended during the festival.
Paid parking is available for $5 in the DIA lot, $7 with credit/debit card at the Wayne State University parking structure on E. Warren, $10 cash at WSU Lot 57, John R at Hancock and $10 at New Bethel Church, located on Warren, one block east of The Wright Museum.
For more information and a full schedule of performances and activities, visit www.thewright.org.