Arts America Soars With Circus Harmony

The Nine Network Arts Series Also Includes a Segment Featuring Jazz Pianist Billy Childs


St. Louis, MO—June 26, 2014—The Nine Network’s weekly arts series Arts America features St. Louis’ Circus Harmony’s artistic and executive director Jessica Hentoff. She discusses how circus skills teach children much more than tricks. This segment will air as part of the show on July 12 at 3:30 p.m. on Nine PBS. (The show will be broadcast again on July 13 at 1:00 p.m.)


Other Arts America segments include multi-Grammy award winning jazz pianist Billy Childs sharing his music and thoughts; a behind-the-scenes look at a new adaptation of The Tempest at the Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas; willow artist Bonnie Gale discussing her creations, which range from baskets to large, outdoor living structures; and a new exhibition at the John F. Kennedy Library that brings visitors to the brink of the Cuban Missile Crisis.


The Circus Harmony story is an Art Fusion segment, which is created by the Nine Network in partnership with the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) and the Radio Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Arts America is a weekly series showcasing arts stories from the Nine Network and PBS stations across the country. Nine’s St. Louis arts segments are also shown on PBS stations in 30 cities nationwide. Every episode spotlights local arts organizations. Arts America and all arts programming on the Nine Network are sponsored by PNC Bank. All Art Fusion segments can also be viewed online in the Art Fusion Gallery at or as part of Arts America programs at


About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.


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