ART IS

Twin Cities PBS (TPT)’s groundbreaking multi-platform arts program, ART IS, elevates renowned Minnesota artists of color who pick three up-and-coming artists – across any genre – and develop a series of media and public events. Over a 9-month period, TPT and artists co-create powerful short digital films that provide context and visibility for the artists’ work, enhanced by a series of public events in TPT’s studios that engage local audiences in new ways and help sustain and evolve our vibrant local artistic community.

Holocaust Symposium Archive Project

A recent survey showed 22% of Millennials “haven’t heard or are not sure if they have heard of the Holocaust.” Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe “something like the Holocaust could happen again.” Working with the Holocaust Education Resource Center, WVIA filmed the stories and recorded the voices of Holocaust survivors to share their stories with children in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the hope that “Never Again” will be a life-long reality for all.

One Greater Minnesota

Twin Cities PBS (TPT) launched the multi-year reporting initiative, One Greater Minnesota, to engage a broad, statewide audience in learning more about the many ways Minnesota communities are interconnected. Since its on-air launch, OGM has produced a total of 140 pieces for digital and statewide broadcast distribution – including full-length video reports, written articles, social media posts, and more. Segments online, on-air, and public forums foster civic participation, cultivate a more respectful civic environment, and aim to enhance public media programming in Minnesota.

Eye on the Arts

“Eye on the Arts” is a half hour TV series that showcases a diverse range of local artists, artistic organizations, events and stories, demonstrating the power of arts in people’s lives. The series draws attention to regional artists and cultural programs across the entire Chicagoland area, including many of Northwest Indiana’s under-served populations, people who often feel that the arts are inaccessible. “Eye on the Arts” also retains a radio presence through weekly segments on Lakeshore Public Radio.

TPToriginals.org

Twin Cities PBS put a stake in the ground with the launch of TPToriginals.org. The site showcases the station’s extensive library of local productions. It also serves as a learning laboratory for developing digital-first, short-form video storytelling aimed at engaging Minnesota audiences that may not see themselves or their communities reflected in broadcast programming. The site provides a steady stream of local content that triggers pride of place, shares and challenges viewers’ perspectives on what it means to call this state home.

A June 2016 KTOO Celebration Sessions Red Carpet Concert in Juneau

Working Together

In Tlingit, the Alaska Native language, the phrase “Wooch een yéi jidané” means “cooperation, working together.” Over the last three years, KTOO has used documentary film, conferences, radio, and engagement events, organized in cooperation with the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples of Southeast Alaska, to deepen a collective understanding of Native culture, values and traditions. KTOO broadcases a daily interview program entirely in Tlingit.

KIDS Clubhouse Adventures

Launched in 2016, KIDS Clubhouse Adventures (KCA) is a multimedia learning experience that engages Iowa children ages three through nine and inspires them to go outside and play, use their imagination, read good books and eat healthy foods. KCA includes a series of locally-hosted 30-minute TV shows, a platform that allows viewers to tell their own stories, and a “Reading Road Trip,” a community outreach initiative that promotes summer reading and libraries year-round.

Deep Dive

Maine Public’s Deep Dive is a space for complex, in-depth, high impact reporting. The first edition focused on childcare issues in the state, and utilized the entire 18-member news team to create web, radio and TV stories. Maine Calling, the local talk show, broadcast two editions that opened and closed the series. The station developed a communications plan to inform the audience, politicians and other stakeholders. The capstone moment was a public event at Portland Public Library where reporters discussed their work and took questions from the public.

Eva Kor and students at a screening of "Eva: A-7063" Sept. 17

The Eva Project

“Eva: A-7063” is WFYI’s documentary about local Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor, who at age 10 was a victim of medical experimentation by Nazi “doctor” Josef Mengele. Kor later chose to forgive (not forget) to release her pain and anger, and promote global heaing. WFYI co-hosted over 70 screenings in partnership with the Jewish Community Center, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Heartland Film Festival, Indiana History Center, Indianapolis 500 Festival, Indiana State Fair and many others. WFYI distributed to over 300 schools an Eva Educational Toolkit with 12 lessons plans about empathy, respect and acceptance; and produced the Eva Virtual Reality Traveling Exhibit, which allows students to immmersively experience Eva’s group tours of Auschwitz. Eva Kor died in 2019.