KENT — The National Endowment for the Arts awarded a $175,000 grant to Kent State University for an augmented reality project that will honor the 50th anniversary of the May 4, 1970, shooting that left four students dead and nine injured.
Kent State will use this funding to develop a digital program that allows visitors to overlay historical images of the campus at the time of the shooting onto today’s renovated landscape.
“We believe that being immersed in those political, social and cultural events is an essential step to understanding their historical importance and shaping our future actions. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to step back in time 50 years,” Dr. Richard Ferdig, project director, said in a news release.
The grant was one of 32 NEH Challenge grants awarded to increase public and private investment in U.S. museums, libraries and cultural centers. Kent State will use the technology as part of a yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the campus shooting.
“As a community and as a country, we have a responsibility to carry the lessons from our past with us as we move forward,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland. “I’m proud to help bring these funds to Kent State so we may all learn from, and carry with us, lessons from the somber events at Kent State fifty years ago.”