Art Exhibit- Freedman Town 2.0

Freedman Town 2.0

Freedman Town:2.0- Art Exhibition (Free Open to the Public)

Exhibit Opens on Monday, January 8, 2018 and Closes on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Location : UNT on the Square 109 N. Elm St. Denton, TX 76201

 A freedman's town, in the United States, refers to communities built by freedmen, former slaves who were emancipated during and after the American Civil War... Freedman Town 2.0 is an interactive gallery exhibition utilizing the Augmented Reality App, Aurasma, to celebrate the life and history of black communities in Denton, Texas. This exhibit includes large prints of people and places that chronicle this rich history and celebrates their legacy. The earliest stories are about Freedman Town, the first black settlement located in the southeast part of Denton that was home to 27 newly freed slaves. Next are pieces about the history of Quakertown, the once thriving black community that came to an early demise when local officials wanted the community removed to make way for a ‘city park’. Followed by the unique history of Solomon Hill, the neighborhood that many residents of Quakertown were forced to move to, now coined ‘Southeast Denton’, a community full of life and history, also where the original Freedman Town settlement was located. This exhibit is interactive, using full size photographs of the people and places in these communities that are linked to an Augmented Reality (AR) app. You can take any mobile device and activate a video overlay, bringing history to life.

Gallery Hours

Monday through Friday, 9 am to noon and 1 -5 pm,     with extended hours until 8 pm on Thursday and Friday

Saturday 11am – 3 pm   


NOTE: We will be open until 8p.m. Friday, January 26 & until 5p.m. on Saturday, Jan 27.

 Summer of 2017, Filmmaker and Professor, Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop taught a 5-week course titled, Interactive Community Video, through the Department of Media Arts at the University of North Texas. During the course, 18 college students researched the history of Denton’s black community through various field trips to libraries, museums, archives and face-to-face interactions with the community. Students produced 20+ interactive videos that are triggered through various locations and images using an Augmented Reality App. Thursday January 11th at 6:30 - Panel discussion with community participants (90min) Thursday January 18th at 6:30 - Panel discussion with students (90min)

DIRECTOR- Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop

Thursday - 6:30 p.m.

Location : UNT on the Square 109 N. Elm St. Denton, TX 76201

 Thursday, January 11th: Community Perspectives: Learn how to use the Augmented Reality App to interact with the exhibit and hear stories from the community. A screening of select videos followed by a panel discussion about preserving and documenting histories in the black community. Panel will include participants from the documentary and will be led by Professor Carla LynDale Carter-Bishop, filmmaker and UNT faculty. Q & A to follow

 Thursday, January 18th- Student Perspectives: UNT Media Arts students that participated in the course, Interactive Community Video, and helped to produced Freedman Town 2.0 will lead a panel discussing the process of documenting a community, what they learned, and what they gained from this valuable experience. They will demonstrate the Augmented Reality app and screen select videos from this project. Q & A to follow

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