Learning Immersive Technology (LIT)

“The really exciting thing about emerging tech is that it’s constantly changing, and that means that anybody could shape it. And it means that students of color could shape it.” – Netsanet Tjirongo, filmmaker, LIT teaching artist

The Learning Immersive Technology (LIT) program addresses the need for equitable access to STEAM fields through arts education. Students engage in projects that integrate Virtual Reality game development, audio production, and storytelling in order to gain digital media creation and critical thinking skills necessary to enter into 21st century careers.

Applications are now OPEN for our February paid internship intensive, Intro to Digital Story Games. Apply here.

Apply for your opportunity to evolve with the world and experience future careers today in this PAID internship!

The LIT curriculum offers arts, tech, and computational learning through teaching artist-led workshops in game design and digital storytelling, as well as professional experiences and performance opportunities to support students career exploration in creative and technology spaces.

We are focused in creating an intersectional learning environment to ensure that all students are supported and able to be brave in the LIT community space.

Date: Feb. 15th – 19th 2021
Time: Mon-Fri 10am-1pm & 2pm-4pm
Closing Celebration: Friday, Feb. 19th @ 4pm

WHO CAN APPLY:

  • Youth in grades 10-12 interested in interactive storytelling, immersive technology, and video games.

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN:

  • Immersive Technology Intensive with dope master teaching artists.
  • $150 stipend upon completion of the program.
  • A community of peer collaborators.
  • Professional development, leadership and exposure to industry professionals.

*All technology supplies and gear will be provided to youth. If you do not have reliable internet access we can also work with you to find a way to get access.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, February 1. We’ll reach out to prospective candidates by Thursday, February 4th to notify you of your acceptance. Apply here.


Teaching Artists

Beverly Aarons is a writer and game developer. She works across disciplines as a copywriter, journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and short story writer. She explores futuristic worlds in fiction but also enjoys discovering the stories of modern day unsung heroes. In August 2018 she produced a live action game and event where community members worked together to envision an economic future they truly desired to leave future generations. She’s won several awards and grants for her work including the Guy A. Hanks, Marvin H. Miller Screenwriting Award, Community 4Culture Fellowship, Artist Trust GAP Award, 4Culture Creative Consultancies Award, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture smART Ventures grant. She’s currently working on a series of nonfiction stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their local communities, developing the video game Rent Hike, teaching teens game development, and producing an immersive theatrical experience about the future of human migration. 

Website: www.beverlyaarons.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beverlyaarons/

Below, please see Double Dutch VR, a virtual reality game where you are a member of a jump rope team 3,000 years in the future. Beverly acted as designer and writer on this project. See more of her development work here: https://bit.ly/3qhS0e6

Hi, I’m Jesus Mccloskey and I’m a multi-disciplined artist & experienced leader from Federal Way, WA. I studied TV, Film, & Audio production while in college but have been making music and visual art my whole life. I have a wide range of experiences in the realm of sound: 4 years as a live event DJ, 2 years a student and 1 year an intern for the Hip-Hop Artist Residency by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and of course many hours of production & studio engineering in my bedroom. Art & leadership are my two passions in life and if I’m not studying to grow in my passion then I’m helping others take the necessary steps to grow in theirs! 

Jasmine Iona Brown earned her B.F.A from Howard University and M.A. from UCLA. Before joining Arts Corps, she worked in arts education and technology for Microsoft, Tacoma School District, Tacoma Art Museum and the Smithsonian. Jasmine’s artwork is in the collections of the Wing Luke Museum, Sound Transit, the municipal collections of both Seattle and Tacoma, and the Trayvon Martin Foundation. She lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband and teenage son.