Online Virtual Exploration

Provider: The Ringling

Contact: Katie Nickel
(941) 359-5700 ext.3705

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info: FREE virtual program!

Max. Capacity: 300

Transportation Needed?  No

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  Yes


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Step right up, we’ve got your selfies here!

In this three-part video tour from The Ringling, Tibbals Curator of Circus Jennifer Lemmer Posey explores the use of self-image and promotion in the circus. Each 20-minute video explores a difference circus personality and how they leveraged their own image to achieve fame, fortune, and (often free) publicity.


Part One explores the legacy of advertising giant P.T. Barnum.

Part Two discusses the ways the Ringling Bros. and other circus owners used their images to set a standard for American entertainment and communicate their values.

Part Three looks at center ring celebrities who used their image not only to gain fame through their circus acts, but public celebrity as well.


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This virtual tour practices mastery of SS.912.A.1.7.

Additional standards addressed include:
SS.912.A.3.13, SS.912.A.4.11, SS.912.A.5.12, SS.912.A.5.4, SS.912.A.5.6

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