Tropical America was created by OnRamp Arts, a non-profit arts organization in Los Angeles whose mission it was to create and produce innovative, compelling digital media projects that bridge new technology, the arts and local communities. OnRamp closed its doors at the end of 2002, due to lack of funding.
The game was produced as part of a media literacy program working with Title I high school students around issues of violence and games, funded primarily by the Department of Education. OnRamp worked with local artists and students from Belmont High School to produce a series of projects, which culminated in Tropical America.
READ ABOUT THE PROCESS: Digital Divide Network
Online Historical Game Helps Students Discover Contemporary Voices
SEE + HEAR: CBS Radio features Tropical America.
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DOWNLOAD: Debut Press Release (Oct. 7, 2002)