Sunday Arts on the Nine Network Is Now Arts America

The Weekly Arts Series Changes Name to Reflect National Context and Added Air Times


St. Louis, MO—January 16, 2014—The Nine Network’s weekly arts series, Sunday Arts, has become Arts America to reflect the series’ expanded national context for St. Louis arts, as well as the program’s additional new timeslot on Saturday. Now Arts America will air Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. on Nine PBS.


Arts America continues to anchor Nine Network’s weekly 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. block of arts programming on Sundays.


Most stories on Arts America come from a collaboration among 30 PBS stations across the country that allows participating stations to share their locally produced arts segments. Each episode of Arts America mixes contributions by other stations with stories about St. Louis’ own artists and arts organizations. In turn, St. Louis stories air in markets throughout the United States.


Over the next six months, Arts America will include a regular segment called Art Fusion featuring interviews with local arts leaders. The segments will explore a wide range of perspectives on the visual and performing arts in the region. 


Art Fusion segments are 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.  The segments can also be viewed online in the Art Fusion Gallery at or as part of Arts America programs at


The Art Fusion segment on January 18 and 19 will feature an interview with Rex Sinquefield about his private collection of regionalist paintings on view at the St. Louis University Art Museum in an exhibition called “No Place Like Home.”  Previous Art Fusion segments featured interviews with David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony, and Lisa Melandri, director of the Contemporary Art Museum.


A link to a Radio Arts Foundation interview about Art Fusion can be found on In the interview Nine Network producer Patrick Murphy, Regional Arts Commission Executive Director Jill McGuire and managing director of the musical ensemble Alarm Will Sound Gavin Chuck also discuss Nine’s commitment to the arts and arts in St. Louis with Radio Arts Foundation’s Jim Doyle.


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, 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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