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The California Arts Council Has Invested in

Public Media by Supporting and Extending Arts

            COSTA MESA, Calif.(July 15, 2014) – PBS SoCaL, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, will provide more quality arts programming for and about Southern California thanks to a recent and important $75,000 grant from the California Arts Council through its Arts on the Air program. This activity is funded by the California Arts Council, a state agency, advancing California through the arts and creativity. The grant will enable PBS SoCaL to expand its role as Southern California’s Largest Stage by bringing an even greater awareness to the state’s arts, artists, and the arts organizations that drive innovation, growth and success in California’s economy.

            The California Arts Council has invested a total of $200,000 in Arts on the Air to support “the creation, broadcast, and promotion of original programs highlighting the arts and their value.” Fifteen public media organizations applied to this competitive grant program, which was supported by one-time funds from the California State Assembly. After an open application process, an advisory panel reviewed all grant applications, followed by a review and vote from the Council at a public meeting in Los Angeles on June 18, 2014. Grants were awarded to the following California stations: PBS SoCaL, KQED, and Radio Bilingüe.

            The funding will be used to expand the production of segments for PBS SoCaL’s weekly arts series, LAaRT. LAaRT uses innovative storytelling to cover the diverse landscape and innovative creative endeavors throughout Southern California. The additional arts segments produced will be available to other PBS stations in California to further their reach and impact. The funding will also allow PBS SoCaL to distribute these stories through PBS Learning Media, a free resource used in classrooms, to teach and inspire students about the arts, and support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTS, and math) curriculum.  In addition a PSA Campaign will further enhance the message of the value of the arts across a broad spectrum.

About PBS SoCaL

            PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles serving as Southern California’s largest classroom, its largest stage for the arts, and most trusted information source. With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD (KOCE), PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff and LAaRT.  As the flagship PBS station in Southern California, PBS SoCaL Presents works with filmmakers to develop programs and series to distribute nationally each year. Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org

About California Arts Council

            The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Wylie Aitken, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Christopher Coppola, Donn K. Harris, Charmaine Jefferson, William Turner, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at http://www.cac.ca.gov/newsroom/prdetail.php?id=178


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