Stunned. That’s how we felt after a preview visit to Poverty Encounter, the new immersive attraction built by Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) in Los Angeles. The non-profit is currently prepping their walk-through experience for public opening in December.
The attraction is meant to be an eye-opening, educational look at the plight of the extremely poor in regions around the world. Guests “travel” to realistic, dimensional scenes of real-life situations faced by hungry kids – the garbage dumps in Guatemala, earthquake disaster zones in Haiti, and the Nepali brickyards where kids as young as 10 are put to work. The scenes were designed by Storyland Studios and fabricated and built by IDF Studio Scenery.
The dimensional scenes are paired with beautifully filmed segments featuring real kids from these areas dramatizing aggregate stories from the charity’s hunger fighting work. Films were shot and produced by cinematographer Dathan Graham.
The Director of Poverty Encounter is Alissa Whitely, an experiential learning expert who brings her experience at the Air Force One Discovery Center at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library where she led an immersive, student education experience that was honored with a TEA Thea award in 2009.
Poverty Encounter is not a museum experience, it’s an immersive attraction that grabs you by the heart and won’t let go. In fact, the experience ends with guests being offered a chance to step into a real working food prep station and prepare food for shipment to kids in need.
The attraction opens 12/8/18. Pre-order tickets at PovertyEncounter.org