Open Doors to the Arts: Creating community-engaged immersive content for students with disabilities

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Faculty Mentor/s:
Julie Fogt and Sara Heintzleman, College of Education


Students on the team: 

Edyn Marsland ‘26

Emily Tsao ‘25

Verona Collins ‘26

Y Lam ‘24


Project Description:

Students with emotional and behavioral disorders and Autism have limited exposure to the arts and community. Often, their behaviors or ability to focus for extended periods of time create barriers to accessing and navigating the arts and community resources. To provide this vulnerable population of students with access to the arts and community organizations, Centennial School will take a lead role on this project, where Lehigh students will capture 360º and 3D immersive content (e.g., art gallery, theater, grocery store, job sites) related to Lehigh Valley arts and community sites, and develop it into experiential learning modules for the School. The development of this content will allow K-12 students from Centennial School to access and deepen their connection to the arts and prepare them for successful participation in the community. This content would be presented to Centennial School students via their Immersive Learning Center where 360º content wraps around three walls of a room, and ultimately, the experiential learning content from this library can be shared with schools around the world to help expand the offerings of the arts and provide guided exposure to valuable community resources. Lehigh students will be part of a multidisciplinary team composed of individuals from Centennial School, Creative Inquiry and Mountaintop Initiative, College of Education, Zoellner Arts Center, and others.


Month/Year Project Began:
January 2023