St. Petersburg, Florida – Thursday, August 12, 2021 – The highly-anticipated immersive art and technology experience, Fairgrounds St. Pete, will open Thursday, September 2nd with “Preview Tickets” going on sale tomorrow Friday, August 13th. This choose-your-own-adventure installation is a timed ticketed experience with a limited number of tickets available each day. Tickets can be purchased on August 13 on the Fairgrounds St. Pete website at www.fairgrounds.art
Founding Immersive Memberships, with benefits including 12 months of unlimited admission, are on sale now at tickets.fairgrounds.art In addition, Immersive Members are invited to attend a VIP First Look the weekend before Fairgrounds opens to the public.
Fairgrounds St. Pete invites visitors to explore an immersive world created by artists with a narrative that celebrates weird, wacky and wonderful Florida. Combining innovative tech and original artworks to convey original stories, Fairgrounds St. Pete builds upon Florida lore to inspire new legends and encourage guests to become part of the story. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in both the installations and narrative; Fairgrounds St. Pete has countless paths for everyone to experience a creative adventure.
“We are thrilled to have tickets go on sale for Fairgrounds St. Pete’s debut installation!” said Olivia Mansion, Fairgrounds St. Pete Director of Communications and Artist Relations. “Putting together an immersive experience of this scale has truly been a labor of love, and we are excited to share it with Tampa bay.”
With 60+ artists in Fairgrounds St. Pete’s inaugural installation, a core tenant of the Fairgrounds St. Pete philosophy is that art should be inclusive, accessible and create community. 90% of the artists hail from Florida and more than 50% are women and/or people of color. Fairgrounds St. Pete’s investment in local artists and technologists encourages them to view Tampa Bay as a launchpad for their creative careers. As part of a profit-sharing business model, artists will receive a portion of the ticket sales for as long as their work is on view at Fairgrounds St. Pete, providing them additional income and empowering them to further invest in their practice and community.
“It is important to us to not only support artists through commissions, but also to compensate them for inspiring guests to visit Fairgrounds St. Pete. This financial commitment helps our artists further invest in their practice and community,” said Liz Dimmitt, Fairgrounds St. Pete CEO and Co-Founder. “Our business model is unique in that artists continue to get paid for the duration their work is on view. When Fairgrounds St. Pete thrives, so do our artists.”
Fairgrounds St. Pete is evolving how stories are told and developing new ways to share andexperience narratives through the creative use of technology. With decades of collective experience, Fairgrounds St. Pete’s team specializes in blending original storytelling, art and technology to create storyful moments that transform the way we experience art. From the moment guests step through the doors to when their experience concludes, their goal is to excite the imagination and create meaningful shared experiences.
“Fairgrounds St. Pete is all about pushing the boundaries of what is possible narratively, and by including creative technology as part of our foundation, we are able to continually grow and enhance the guest experience,” said Mikhail Mansion, Fairgrounds St. Pete CTO and Co-Founder. “I can’t wait to have guests come through Fairgrounds St. Pete and see how they interact with the tech throughout the exhibit.”
With a name that references traditional fairgrounds as a place for exhibiting new ideas and recognizing talent, Fairgrounds St. Pete is committed to creating a sustainable arts community and inspiring visitors through discovery and play.