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Purple Heart Homes, Think Broader, & Wheelhouse Media Launch Virtual Reality Empathy Experience

Purple Heart Homes is pleased to announce the first launch of what will become a series of Virtual Reality Experiences, inviting dialog around issues related to veterans and the veteran experience and using art as the vehicle for reflection and discussion. On November 1, 2018, Purple Heart Homes will introduce its first Virtual Reality Program, which focuses on a Service Connected Disabled Veteran who lost both of his legs as a result of his deployment in Vietnam.

To create the Virtual Realty Experience, Purple Heart Homes worked with Think Broader Foundation and Wheelhouse Media Foundation. Think Broader Foundation is a 501(c)3 woman-led non-profit that promotes creative storytelling to promote empathy. Through a Cultural Vision grant from the Arts & Science Council, Think Broader Foundation partnered with Wheelhouse Media Foundation, which supports non-profit entities who do not have the financial or human resources to adequately market themselves in an increasingly content-driven media world. Also a 501(c)3, the Wheelhouse Media Foundation provides digital content creation to other charitable organizations, allowing them to more fully share their stories, elevate awareness of their efforts, and more successfully achieve strategic objectives. Think Broader and Wheelhouse Media, together with Purple Heart Homes, will produce a series of “empathy experiences” using virtual reality film production. The first experience, which will be shown at the Vicarious art exhibition being held on November 1 at the Elder Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, will allow users to immerse themselves in the life of a double amputee war veteran to better understand the challenges of living with disabilities and aging in place as well as “life hacks” for overcoming adversity.

The Vicarious art exhibition is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that will also feature paintings, drawings, glass work, objects and sculpture, and a documentary. Many of these works were created by veterans, as well as by other artists from around the country. The Virtual Reality Project was produced by writer, academic, speaker, and Army veteran Paula Kranz Broadwell. The entire exhibition will invite conversation around the power of art to reach into the psyche in a unique and powerful way.

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