LAUNCHES MAY 28, 2008
DALLAS/FORT WORTH – The North Texas arts community is rich with museums, theaters, symphonies, operas and concert venues. It’s also home to myriad art galleries, film and video festivals, honkytonks and live music clubs. Whether your connection to the world of art is dinner and the opera, a cold beer and a polka, taking a weekend painting or beading class or playing in a rock band, Art&Seek is your resource.
Art&Seek is all about community. A service from KERA for North Texas and beyond, Art&Seek coverage includes radio news reports, special television feature programs and a new Web site at artandseek.org. The Web site launches Wednesday, May 28, 2008. The first featured Art&Seek television program is Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, a co-production of KERA-TV, which airs May 28, 2008 at 8:30 p.m. Please find additional information about this program below. In June, Art&Seek presents A Conversation with Bill Lively, hosted by Lee Cullum.
At artandseek.org you’ll find feature stories written by KERA’s Arts Reporter Jerome Weeks and contributors along with related stories and headlines from National Public Radio. Join the discussion on the Art&Seek blog, check out insights from our guest bloggers – arts professionals from around North Texas – and tell us what you think.
If you’re planning a night out, want to take a master class or take action by joining an arts advocacy group, you can search the Art&Seek calendar by date and interest to find your best options. The Art&Seek calendar is a comprehensive resource for artists and their audiences. Arts organizations, colleges, universities and performance venues can create a profile on the Web site and submit information about upcoming events and activities. Share the news. Tell a friend.
Local radio reports on the arts and entertainment can be heard weekly on KERA-FM during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The Deep in the Arts calendar will change its name to the Art&Seek calendar, but the content will remain the same. Tune in for Host and Producer Gini Mascorro’s recommendations on art and entertainment events in North Texas weekdays at 8:59 a.m., 12:41 p.m. and 8:29 p.m., Saturday at 9:19 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. and Sundays at 9:19 a.m.
KERA-TV will feature special programs as part of the Art&Seek lineup, with an emphasis on North Texas. This month’s feature, Recapturing Cuba: An Artist’s Journey, follows Dallas artist Rolando Diaz who returns to Cuba for the first time since he was a child. He recaptures not only his childhood memories, but meets and works with Havana’s top artists and is ultimately inspired to take his art in a new direction. The film was produced by North Texas natives, Jeff Fraley and Harry Lynch. As Trinity Films, now based in Austin, the team has produced documentaries about The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and cowboy culture, including the IMAX film, Ride Around the World. Visit trinityfilms.com/ for more information.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Anne Bothwell is KERA’s director of Art&Seek. A journalist for 20 years, Anne has devoted the majority of her career to editing and shaping arts coverage. During her tenure with The Dallas Morning News, she contributed to the creation of the GuideLive arts and entertainment section of the newspaper and led award-winning coverage of the South by Southwest Music Conference. Jerome Weeks is the Art&Seek producer-reporter for KERA. A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years prior. Jerome’s writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines. He was awarded five Katie Awards by the Dallas Press Club and received a graduate journalism fellowship from Columbia University.
KERA is a not-for-profit public broadcasting organization that is independently owned and operated in North Texas. The station’s services include original television and radio productions, national public television and radio programs, online information and resources at www.kera.org and an educational resource center that develops outreach programs for children, families and educators.
KERA productions have earned the highest accolades bestowed by the broadcasting industry, including Peabody, duPont, Emmy, Clarion (Association of Women in Communications), Gold Camera Award (the U.S. International Film and Video Festival), Texas Gavel (State Bar of Texas), Anson Jones for In-Depth Television (Texas Medical Association), International Health and Medical Award for Community Health, Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Plaque, Lone Star Emmy, INTERCOM Competition’s Gold Plaque, American Association of Museums’ Gold Muse Award, National Telecommunications and Education Association, and many more.
To schedule interviews or request additional information, please contact Meg Fullwood, Public Relations Manager with KERA at 214-740-9377 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.