Meta is celebrating Black History Month in collaboration with Black creators and is allowing metaverse visitors to explore Black culture through immersive virtual and augmented reality.
Afrofuturistic world by Black American artist Gabe Gault can be toured in a virtual exhibition “I Am A Man” hosted by Meta. Gault is the first artist and VR artist to create for Meta. The artwork represents influential historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, the Tuskegee Airmen, and more.
Meta brought together several outstanding Black creators to explore how the metaverse can become a creative and thriving space for Black culture.
“I think a lot of people would assume when a black artist comes into the metaverse, they would create a bunch of futuristic things. But there is so much power in creating around history. And as we see a lot of our history get erased and mistold and all those types of things, it's really nice to be able to actively participate within our history,”
said Danielle Young, journalist and ‘We the Culture’ creator.
The eight creatives further discussed how the metaverse can get rid of barriers in storytelling and extend it. Even though the metaverse is in its early stage, the technology is revolutionary. Yet the biggest challenge is to make it accessible to everyone.
VR experience ‘I Am A Man’ is accessible on Horizon Worlds from February 22nd to 28th, 8 AM – 10 PM PT.