Building Apps and Experiences Centering
Black & Brown History
Too many ancestors have their stories overlooked. Too many miss out on their narratives when the predominant histories are taught.
We aim to fix that.
Kinfolk is an archive on a mission. We bring underrepresented history closer than ever through immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences. Using accessible technology, experience history come to life in your hometown, community center, local museum, living room, or your classroom.
Our ultimate goal: furthering equity, historical justice, and understanding by fueling knowledge of the past. Download our nationally recognized apps, or reach out to create something one-of-a-kind to cater to the needs of your local community. We can't wait for you to meet your Kinfolk.
Kinfolk, our flagship AR app, brings newly imagined monuments to life, featuring underrepresented Black and Brown historical figures. Choose a monument, place it anywhere, and hear about how our Kinfolk helped bring us to the world we live in today.
With a smartphone, anyone has the ability to place an AR monument
Access rich primary and secondary source docs about each icon
Implement our Mini-Unit lesson plan, compatible with Common Core Standards
UNSUNG is a classroom-ready AR experience designed to engage children with the stories they don't get from a typical curriculum. Delve into the world of the Harlem Renaissance, and get to really know two underrepresented figures from the early 20th century. Students work as a team, search historical scenes for important artifacts, and solidify their knowledge through a Check for Understanding (CFU) and group activities.
UNSUNG is only available to educators through the Verizon Innovative Learning program.
UNSUNG allows students to work together and build a sense of community in their classroom, offering an engaging and exciting way to learn history.
A desktop portal enables teachers to assign teams, track real-time student progress, and more.
Students will be immersed in the time-period of the figure they are learning about. UNSUNG encourages students to experience history first hand through AR on their mobile device.
Kinfolk provides immersive digital experiences to connect the history of Black and Brown people in the Americas to your educational or cultural event. Guided historical tours, interactive learning, and custom experiences are all available. Reach out to us to find out how we can make sure your Kinfolk are present at the next big moment!
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Our mission is to use art, emerging technologies, and education to uproot oppressive systems, and empower the next generation so that they may imagine, and build, an equitable future. As part of our goals, we collaborate with educators, historians, and genealogical experts to bring living, breathing history to life in immersive AR.
Got a special project, event, or community initiative that fits within our mission and our skills? We are excited to collaborate and offer our talents towards a better purpose.
The Kinfolk family is always growing, and we're always on the lookout for freelancers as well as full-time collaborators.
Built in collaboration with educators, archivists, and curriculum experts, Kinfolk's UNSUNG is fully integrated with common core standards. We are ready to help you develop your next AR education tool with all the requirements that make learning lasting.
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