The Arts Are Alive at Nine Celebrates the Extensive Range of Artistic Expression Available on the Nine Network of Public Media

Hour-long Special Showcases Many Local Arts Organizations


St. Louis, MOJune 20, 2012—Painting or dance, drama or music, literature or film. Whatever the medium, when it comes to arts programming, the Nine Network creates and distributes a steady stream of series and specials that give St. Louisans access to a broad range from local, national and international organizations.

The Arts Are Alive at Nine, an hour-long program broadcast Sunday, June 24 at 9:30 p.m. (repeated June 26 at 3:30 a.m.), showcases many arts programs that have aired on Nine over the past year and features representatives from local arts organizations.

In interviews with these arts leaders, hosts Patrick Murphy and Ruth Ezell discuss the role arts play in shaping who we are as a community, the culture of philanthropy in St. Louis and the economic impact of arts on our region. The arts inSt. Louis are more than a $500 million-dollar per year industry, supporting close to 9,000 jobs. Every year there are 11 million visits to arts events—greater than the attendance to Cardinals, Blues and Rams games combined.

Contributing to the conversation are: Fred Bronstein of the St. Louis Symphony; Carmon Colangelo, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University; Ron Himes, The Black Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Simon Kelly, Saint Louis Art Museum; Marilu Knode, Laumeier Sculpture Park; Jill McGuire, Regional Arts Commission; Timothy O’Leary, Opera Theatre of St. Louis; Cynthia Prost, Arts & Education Council; Michael Uthoff, Dance St. Louis; and Kristina Van Dyke, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

Viewers are invited to join the conversation via Twitter by following #ArtsAreAlive. The broadcast of The Arts Are Alive on Nine is supported by PNC Bank and Brown Shoe Company.

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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