Originally published on Glasstire
Amphibian Stage, a nonprofit theater company in Fort Worth, has partnered with Blue Zone Project Fort Worth, a community-led well-being improvement initiative, to launch an augmented reality art tour of the city’s South Main neighborhood.
The app-based program, Neighborhood Leap, prompts users to get outside, walk, and explore the neighborhood while engaging with a range of virtual experiences, including visual art, music, movement, and storytelling. The app development was supported by DevHouse, a creative agency based in Dallas; Near Southside Arts, an organization that promotes creative endeavors in the Near Southside neighborhood; and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
In a press release announcing the app, Amphibian Stage Founder and Artistic Director Kathleen Culebro said, “The last two years have taught us the power of working to support our community. The South Main Village residents and business owners came together and helped one another through some very rough times. We wanted to do something to give back to our city by highlighting all the wonderful things our neighborhood offers.”
Matt Dufrene, Vice President of Blue Zones added, “In addition to Neighborhood Leap being incredibly innovative, it touches on so many aspects that align with Blue Zones principles for better well-being. An environment that promotes moving naturally, downshifting through the exploration of art and creativity, and social interactions – it’s all there within a 1-mile loop in an area designed for all users.”
The full experience includes a thirty minute walk in which users encounter more than twenty works of art, as well as locally owned shops and restaurants and community green spaces. Amphibian Stage commissioned artists and students to create pieces for the project. Featured artists include Daniel Banks, Lou Charle$, Jonathan Fielding, Cosmo Jones, Adam McKinney, Martha Peters, Ross Reitzammer, Alli Rogers, Fernando Rojas, Grady Spencer, and Armond Vance. Students from Fort Worth ISD’s I. M. Terrell Academy for STEM & Visual and Performing Arts also contributed artwork. Additionally, the app will incorporate existing public art, including a sculpture by Benito Huerta; murals by Jay Wilkinson, Brennen Bechtol, Brad Smith, Kristin Soble, Adam Werner, and Sal Dominguez; and Art Tooth’s SoMa art container.