Arts America Talks With St. Lou Fringe Founder Em Piro

The Nine Network Arts Series Also Includes a Segment Featuring the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum


St. Louis, MO—June 23, 2014—The Nine Network’s weekly arts series Arts America features St. Lou Fringe founder Em Piro. She discusses her use of a non-judgmental attitude and, what she calls, the “radical yes” to encourage creativity in local performing artists. This segment will air as part of the show on July 5 at 3:30 p.m. on Nine PBS. (The show will be broadcast again on July 6 at 1:00 p.m.)


Other Arts America segments spotlight the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, which includes the newly redesigned exhibition, “A New Deal for a New Generation”; Lance Greathouse, an Arizona man combining his love for his late brother with his engineering skills to create custom wheelchairs, some that are designed for rough terrain and one that boasts a flame thrower; and an arts center in Dayton, Ohio, finding innovative ways to reach at-risk children through art.


The St. Lou Fringe 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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