KCET’s ARTBOUND Highlights Arts Education As the Pathway to the Future in New Episode Premiering April 28

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New Documentary Developed with LA County Department of Arts and Culture Features Debbie Allen, Catherine Opie and More Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Host Two Upcoming ARTBOUND Virtual Events Including Premiere of ARTBOUND: Arts Education

Pictured: Student Jana plays the cello in the Sinfonia orchestra, an ensemble for 8th grade musicians. Image from ARTBOUND “Arts Education” (courtesy of KCET).

“Putting arts and arts education at the center of a child’s education is vital, not only to the development of the child, but to the economic growth and health of our state,” said PBS SoCal and KCET Chief Creative Officer Juan Devis.

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KCET, Southern California's flagship PBS station and home for award-winning public media programming, announced today the return of the KCET Original Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND with a special standalone special called “Arts Education.” The documentary is an exploration of the values that arts education provides for all young people and communities, building the foundation for an inclusive and economically vibrant society. ARTBOUND: ARTS EDUCATION, developed in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, will premiere on Wed., April 28 at 9 p.m. PT on KCET and will subsequently air Fri., April 30 on PBS SoCal at 8 p.m. PT. Following the broadcast, the episode will stream at at kcet.org/artbound and on the free PBS video app.

ARTBOUND: ARTS EDUCATION shows that by growing social-emotional intelligence, inspiring a sense of belonging, and developing creative skills, the arts help individuals make sense of the past, act powerfully in the present, and imagine the future. The film features young poets from local organization Get Lit and professional artists that include Catherine Opie, Vijay Gupta, Hector Tobar, Debbie Allen and Chloe Arnold sharing personal stories. The all-new film is part of the critically acclaimed television series and online destination ARTBOUND, which examines the lives, works and creative processes of arts and culture innovators making an impact in Southern California and beyond.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will host a virtual event on Tues., April 27 at 7 p.m. PT that will debut the episode featuring a panel discussion as part of the Film at LACMA screening series. Film at LACMA presents classic and contemporary narrative and documentary films, artists and their influences emerging auteurs, international showcases, special guest-curated programs and conversations with artists and special guests. To register to attend, please visit: https://www.lacma.org/programs/film

“Putting arts and arts education at the center of a child’s education is vital, not only to the development of the child, but to the economic growth and health of our state,” said PBS SoCal and KCET Chief Creative Officer Juan Devis. “We need to bring attention to the critical value of arts education, spearhead the resurgence and expansion of arts instruction in our public schools as well as celebrate the practices and the people that make it happen.”

“We know the arts provide young people with a pathway to discovery, self-expression, educational achievement, career skill-building, and connections to community,” said Kristin Sakoda, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. “This ARTBOUND: ‘Arts Education’ episode is an exploration of those benefits of a creative education, but it is also a call to action—to eliminate systemic barriers that prevent access to the arts, invest in the voices of our youth, leverage the power of arts for cultural equity, and aspire to a creative future.”

LACMA and KCET will also be hosting a virtual screening event and discussion featuring the ARTBOUND episode “The Watts Towers Arts Center” on Fri., Mar. 19 at 7 p.m. PT. The Watts Towers Arts Center was founded by artists and educators in the 1960s and has been a beacon of art and culture in the community for decades making an impact in Southern California and beyond. The virtual event features an in-depth discussion of the ARTBOUND episode and is moderated by Juan Devis (Executive Producer, Chief Creative Officer of KCET and PBS SoCal) and will feature panelists Rosie Lee Hooks (Director of the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus) and Charles Dickson (artist). To register to attend, please visit: https://www.lacma.org/event/film-screening-artbound-watts-towers-arts-center

Reinforcing KCET’s commitment to sharing diverse and inclusive stories, additional ARTBOUND digital content at kcet.org/artbound will explore the impact of arts education in America. These articles include:

  • “Reimagining Futures Through Arts Education”
  • “Arts Education is a Civil Right Inseparable from Freedom”
  • “Julio Salgado - Undocu-Queer Artist Using Creativity to Resist Oppression”
  • “The Education of Chloe Arnold”
  • “Greetings from South L.A.”

ARTBOUND: Arts Education is a project of the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective, developed by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with KCET. Funding for this project was generously provided by the Stuart Foundation, the Moss Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Arts Education Collective Funders Council.

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ABOUT ARTBOUND
The critically acclaimed weekly television series and online destination ARTBOUND captures the spirit of the burgeoning arts and culture community in California and explores how it's shaping California as the creative capital of the world. The KCET Original series explores and illuminates the cultural issues of our times, providing critical in-depth analysis of how arts and culture affect society. The series and the online stories that are found at kcet.org/artbound are the result of cultural tastemakers throughout the region and collaborations with LA’s top cultural institutions. Since its inception in 2012, the series has earned high industry praise including several Emmy® Awards, LA Press Club awards, Golden Mike awards and a National Entertainment Journalism award, among others. ARTBOUND has been recognized with the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award for outstanding music.

About KCET
KCET is s part of the donor-supported community institution, the Public Media Group of Southern California, which was formed by the merger of PBS SoCal and KCETLink Media Group. As one of Southern California’s two flagship PBS stations, KCET is on-air, online as well as in the community, and plays a vital role in the cultural enrichment of Southern California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 55-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions and its website, kcet.org. For additional information about KCET’s original productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET Originals and PBS programming are available to stream on the FREE PBS App on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV, and Chromecast. KCET is also available to watch live on YouTube TV.

About the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture advances arts, culture, and creativity throughout LA County. The department leads coordination of the Arts Ed Collective, the nation's largest public-private arts education collective impact initiative, to advance equity and access in arts learning for all youth and students in LA County. The department also provides leadership, services, and support in areas including grants and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations, commissioning and care for civic art collections, research, and evaluation, access to creative pathways, professional development, free community programs, and cross-sector creative strategies that address civic issues. All of this work is framed by its longstanding commitment to fostering access to the arts, and LA County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative.

About LACMA
Located on the Pacific Rim, LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection of more than 142,000 objects that illuminate 6,000 years of artistic expression across the globe. Committed to showcasing a multitude of art histories, LACMA exhibits and interprets works of art from new and unexpected points of view that are informed by the region’s rich cultural heritage and diverse population. LACMA’s spirit of experimentation is reflected in its work with artists, technologists, and thought leaders as well as in its regional, national, and global partnerships to share collections and programs, create pioneering initiatives, and engage new audiences.

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