The Nine Network Introduces a New Block of Arts Programming on Sunday Afternoons Beginning November 4

Two New, Local, Weekly Series—Sunday Arts and Living St. Louis: Best of the Arts—Lead Off the Three-Hour Time Period

St. Louis, MOOctober 23, 2012The Nine Network of Public Media is expanding its ongoing focus on the arts by dedicating a weekly block to arts programming —Sundays from 1:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m. The new arts block will air on Nine PBS beginning November 4.

A new Nine Network series leads the time period. Sunday Arts, a half-hour magazine series, debuts at 1:00 p.m., followed at 1:30 p.m. by Living St. Louis: Best of the Arts, a collection of favorite arts stories first broadcast on Living St. Louis. A variety of arts specials will round out the block’s remaining two hours.

Stories on Sunday Arts represent a collaboration among 28 PBS stations across the country in which locally produced arts segments are shared. Each episode of Sunday Arts will be a mix of contributions by other stations and stories about St. Louis’ own creative community. In turn, St. Louis stories will air in markets throughout the United States.

“Arts in St. Louis is a half-billion-dollar-a-year industry employing over 10,000 people,” says Sunday Arts host and executive producer Patrick Murphy. “This is the perfect way to expand awareness of our local arts community, by bringing the best of our arts to other cities. Sunday Arts will be timely, shining a light on upcoming arts events, and it will highlight the personalities that make St. Louis such a vibrant arts town.”

The first program will introduce the new director of the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), Lisa Melandri, who shares her vision of the museum. A piece from New York profiles classical pianist Jeremy Denk, and abstract photographer Alexander Heilner appears in a segment from Minnesota. All episodes will be similarly diverse, reflecting a broad array of disciplines including design, architecture, music, painting, dance, opera, graffiti and more.

 

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, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, Nine Academy, nineNet.org, explorehomeland.org, beyondnovember.org 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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