The Nine Network of Public Media Welcomes Local Arts Organizations to The Arts Are Alive at Nine Event on April 17

Festive Evening Highlights Collaboration as Key to St. Louis Region’s Vibrant and Healthy Arts Environment


St. Louis, MO—April 16, 2013—More than 100 St. Louisans who create, foster, curate and support the arts will gather at the Nine Network of Public Media on Wednesday, April 17 at 5:00 p.m. for The Arts Are Alive at Nine. The annual event brings together area arts leaders to discuss and share ideas to strengthen arts in the community. This year, the focus is on the  challenges and rewards of collaboration.


A diverse panel of arts innovators will participate in the panel discussion. Contributing to the conversation will be: Gene Dobbs Bradford, executive director, Jazz St. Louis; Fred Bronstein, president, St. Louis Symphony; Rick Dildine, executive director, Shakespeare Festival; Joel Emery, executive director, Circus Flora; Timothy O’Leary, general director, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; Brien Seyle, The Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra; Kristina Van Dyke, director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts; and Agnes Wilcox, artistic director, Prison Performing Arts.


The arts are one of the Nine Network’s 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 and this annual event. Rick Sems, regional president of PNC Bank, will address the gathering to express PNC Bank’s commitment to arts in our region. Brown Shoe Company is also a sponsor of the event.


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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