Stop a bully. Design a civil rights campaign T-shirt. Write a rap rallying for free speech. Register to vote. Visitors to the Unity Center in Sacramento, California can learn how to do these things and more.
The Unity Center celebrates California's diversity and civil rights history and inspires civic engagement and social justice action. Engaging interactive exhibits confront visitors' assumptions and share the voices of marginalized groups—from Muslim-Americans and undocumented immigrants to transgender people.
In response to the 1999 “Summer of Hate” attacks in Northern California, a coalition of local civic leaders announced plans to build the California Unity Center. Working with Academy Studios, I served as lead content developer for the Center's concept and schematic design and original multimedia prototypes. The project halted during the 2008 recession, but in 2014, the California Museum took on the venture and enlisted the services of West Office to produce the final installation.