We recently had the opportunity to interview local artist and educator, Liv Scully, Fairgrounds St. Pete’s Immersive Education Manager!
Identifying as a socially engaged artist, Liv’s art practice extends outside her studio by facilitating and creating interactive engagements and environments for her community. On top of working with Fairgrounds, Liv is also a Teaching Artist and Educator with NOMAD Art Bus and SPACEcraft where she actively shares hands-on, transformative art experiences with the people of Pinellas County. Before coming to Fairgrounds St. Pete, she worked building art programs and writing curriculum as the Art Educator Lead at Great Explorations Children’s Museum and installed and oversaw exhibitions with 50+ artists as a Gallery Manager at Creative Pinellas.
Read on to learn more about her experience as our Education Manager.
What is Fairgrounds St. Pete Immersive Learning?
LIV SCULLY: Fairgrounds Immersive Learning is the education department at Fairgrounds St. Pete. It acts as a platform for students, educators and curious minds of all ages. Through programming and play we collaborate with YOU to pioneer new ways to teach, learn, share experiences and tell stories. Our home base is the Immersive Learning Lab, located off of the Fairgrounds St. Pete souvenir shop!
Who is Immersive Learning For?
LIV SCULLY: Everyone! Fairgrounds Immersive Learning facilitates educational programs and content for curious minds of all ages and education levels: creative professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, schools (from elementary to University), businesses, kids, families, teachers, retirees, and more!
We believe that anyone can be a successful entrepreneur, coder, artist, public speaker, mathematician, doctor, storyteller, performer, etc! At Fairgrounds, education is about opening a world of possibilities. We want to inspire YOU to expand your repertoire of what you know and can do. Our immersive learning team supports our creative community, excites imaginations and helps to transform how we experience and engage with the world.
What does Fairgrounds St. Pete Immersive Learning do?
LIV SCULLY: Fairgrounds St. Pete Immersive Learning provides a platform for all to learn, create and teach through immersive, experiential and hands-on learning. Fairground’s ongoing educational efforts engages curious minds of all ages in discovery and play, supporting and building on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, arts, math) programs within our community. In addition, Fairgrounds Immersive Learning collaborates with local artists, creators, educators and subject-matter experts to provide paid teaching opportunities.
What kind of programming does Fairgrounds Immersive Learning have?
LIV SCULLY: Programming includes Florida history and lore, STEAM initiatives, entrepreneurship, technology, yoga, dance, wellness, creativity courses, and visual, literary and performing arts, and more. Our goal is to have fun, spark curiosity, learn from our community and pioneer new ways to teach, learn, tell stories and share experiences. The possibilities are really endless!
What is your favorite thing about Fairgrounds Immersive Learning?
LIV SCULLY: With interactive storytelling and immersive experiences as our foundation, and art and technology as key tools, our programs are ever-evolving and expanding.
Our educators have experience teaching adults, college and K-12. Fairgrounds makes art, technology, learning and play accessible to all ages. Along with our in-house programs, Fairgrounds educational programs engage students and local schools in discovery and play supporting STEAM programs within the community.
What about Fairgrounds Immersive Learning are you most excited for?
LIV SCULLY: That’s a hard question! I am super excited to get the community together in an intentional way. Fairgrounds St. Pete Immersive Learning is an opportunity for our local community to get to know each other, skill share and spread new ideas – similar to how traditional fairgrounds were used. There is so much talent in St. Pete and Florida as a whole, I’m excited to have Fairgrounds Immersive Learning as a hub to get together and share that talent!
What should I do if I’m interested in facilitating a class or workshop at Fairgrounds Immersive Learning?
LIV SCULLY: We’re always looking for new classes and workshops! If you’re interested in sharing your knowledge and talents with Fairgrounds Immersive Learning, you can visit our website: www.fairgrounds.art/contact and submit your idea with our Class and Workshop Proposal!