Arts Are Alive STL on Nine PBS

The Nine Network’s Gathering of Area Arts Leaders Celebrates Innovation


St. Louis, MO—July 3, 2014—More than 100 St. Louisans who create, foster, curate and support the arts gathered at the Nine Network of Public Media in April to hear a diverse group of arts leaders discuss arts innovations such as St. Lou Fringe Festival and the PXSTL site. The Nine Network presents their brief, TED-style talks in the half-hour special Arts Are Alive STL, broadcast Sunday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m. on Nine PBS.


Limiting their presentations to under five minutes, seven area arts leaders focused on innovations undertaken by their organizations. Rick Dildine, executive director, Shakespeare Festival, talked about taking Shakespeare directly to neighborhood streets. Nine Network President and CEO Jack Galmiche spoke about changes coming to the landscape of Grand Center and the upcoming opening of the Public Media Commons. Lisa Melandri, director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM), described how video art projections on the building’s exterior at night turned the museum inside out. Em Piro, founder of St. Lou Fringe Festival, talked about the “radical yes,” that is, always encouraging artists by saying yes to their ideas. Kelly Pollack, executive director of COCA, explained how thousands of business people have benefitted from a program that teaches them how to approach business with an artist’s point of view. Jill McGuire, executive director of the Regional Arts Commission, discussed how RAC’s innovation grants to artists allow recipients to take chances. And Michael Scully, regional president and head of corporate banking at The PNC Financial Services Group, spoke about how investing in the arts is an investment in the community.


The arts are one of the Nine Network’s primary focus areas. As a public media organization, Nine uses resources on air, online and in the community to expand awareness, understanding, support and participation in the arts. PNC Bank sponsors arts programming on Nine, the Arts Are Alive at Nine event and the Arts Are Alive STL broadcast.


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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