Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University recently collaborated with Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to present a statewide tour of the VR exhibit, Traveling While Black through a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Catalyst grant. The exhibit features an installation replicating Joe’s Chilli Bowl Diner in Washington D.C. Visitors engage through VR headsets with a film by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams and Emmy Award-winning Felix Paul studios. The film features an intimate series of moments with several of Ben’s patrons as they reflect on their experiences of restricted movement and race relations in the United States, offering the opportunity to facilitate a dialogue about the challenges minority travelers still face today.

The exhibit can only accommodate twenty-four visitors at a time, so reservations are strongly encouraged. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 to 2 p.m. on Saturday (by reservation only.) The exhibit is in the Ceddia Student Union building across from Luhrs Center. To make reservations please click the link below.

Please reach out to us at if you have any questions about the exhibit or need any special accommodations for your visit. Special Thanks to the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Army Heritage Education Center and Cumberland County Historical Society for supplemental materials supporting the exhibit.

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