Summer Learning Day with KLRU Kids!

28314200065_ccf1e7b6ab_zKLRU Educational Services visited three partner sites yesterday to deliver summer learning fun to kids. All received an armful of fun summer learning materials, including PBS Kids activity books, picture/chapter books, puzzle cubes pointing to free KLRU/PBS Kids apps and websites, and Pete the Cat headbands!

Summer Learning Day is a national event led by the National Summer Learning Association designed to highlight the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer.

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Save the Date: POV Screening ‘All the Difference’ 6/27

Join KLRU and the Austin Film Festival on June 27 as we preview the POV documentary   All the Difference. The event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP here.

AllthedifferenceWeb-300x225The lives of two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago comes to life in this film, which follows Robert and Krishaun as they pursue a college education. Statistics predict that they will not make it past high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds.

The screening takes place at the Google Fiber Space at 7pm June 27. RSVP here.

 

 

West Austin Studio Tour May 14-15 & 21-22

Big Medium’s West Austin Studio Tour (West) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning across two weekends in May. West provides opportunities for the public to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who drive Austin’s vibrant creative culture. Get more details

In its 5th edition, West features 205 Artist Studios, 53 Galleries, 62 Temporary Exhibitions, 4 Happenings, and 12 Partner Programs. This website serves as an overview of tour stops and a schedule of events. It is intended to help tour-goers hand-pick their West experiences, particularly while using mobile devices. The West mobile website is a free online companion to the West catalog.

KLRU is proud to be a media partner for the West Austin Studio Tour 2016.

Cine Las Americas Film Festival 5/4-5/8

The 19th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival is scheduled for May 4 – 8, 2016. The festival showcases contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate. Get the complete list of films.

Films will be presented at partnership venues The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, The Salvage Vanguard Theater, and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The festival once again will offer narrative and documentary feature and short films and videos, as well as experimental, animation, and music video selections, in competitive and non-competitive sections.

Badges for the entire festival and individual screening tickets are available for purchase. Get more details. All screenings presented at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) are free and open to the public.

KLRU Partners With ACA For A Creative Sector Summit 4/19

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Since January 2015, the Austin Creative Alliance has convened a series of Creative Sector Summits to progressively address the affordability challenges facing the arts, culture and creative industries in Austin, and KLRU is a proud partner!

On Tuesday, April 19, Austin Creative Alliance’s CEO, John Riedle, will speak at the upcoming Creative Sector Summit. Joining him are Shea Little (Big Medium, ACA Board Chair), Jenny Larson (Salvage Vanguard Theater), Debbie Kizer (Imagine Art), Brad Carlin (thinkEAST) and Clara Brill & Matt Puckett (Mother Falcon). The event is free, but you must register to attend. Register now

With over one hundred organizations and leaders from music, performing arts, film, visual arts, design and media participating in the process, the summits identified the most urgent shared issue as a crisis in creative infrastructure. Amid skyrocketing property costs and rapid population growth we confront a looming loss of music venues, theaters, galleries, studios and work space.

The Summit will take place in KLRU Studio 6A and the schedule is as follows:

6PM: performance by Mother Falcon and complimentary Tito’s cocktails.
6:30PM: briefing
7:30PM: Q&A and member discussion

Save the Date: Amplify Austin & KLRU on March 8-9!

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Interested in becoming a fundraiser? Learn more about how to help KLRU Amplify ATX!

Amplify Austin is just around the corner, March 8-9, and your support is vital for KLRU to be able to engage with and share our impact with the Central Texas community while raising $40,000 in just 24 hours. Your voice as one of our dedicated members is needed and I am asking for your help!

Consider becoming a personal fundraiser during Amplify Austin. It’s really easy…all it takes is just a little bit of time and your enthusiasm for KLRU and your favorite PBS programs! So, you may be asking yourself: What’s in it for me and why should I help fundraise for KLRU and Amplify Austin?! Well, for one, engaging your friends and family during Amplify helps raise awareness of the impact that KLRU serves right here in Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. We also have some pretty sweet prizes to offer our fundraisers…

– UT Press Book / first 4 to receive 5 donations

– Clay Pit Gift Certificate / first 2 to raise $200

– (2) ACL Taping Passes / first 2 to receive 10 donations

– (2) Hall of Fame Passes / first 2 to raise $350

– (1) ACL Weekend Pass / first to receive 20 donations

You can win multiple times! Sign-up is easy, plus we created a toolkit to guide you through the personal fundraising process, just sign-up to receive! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to KLRU’s Amplify page — AmplifyATX.org/klru
  1. Once on our page, click “Create a Fundraising Campaign” button on the right hand side, adjacent to scrolling photos.
  1. Create a donor/fundraiser account for ease of tracking your donations and managing your fundraising pages. Please provide name, email, and password in order to submit information.
  1. Then click the tab “My Fundraisers” upon entering newly created account. From this tab, click ”Create a Fundraiser” to start campaign profile.
  1. Upload all information needed for a complete Fundraiser Profile. Once all information is uploaded, click “Submit Fundraiser for Approval.”
  1. Profile(s) must be approved by KLRU for it to be active and public facing and ready-to-share.
  1. Allie Kandell will approve as they come in, you can always email her directly to expedite the approval! akandell@klru.org
  1. Fundraising Page Fun Facts:
  • Fundraisers receive a confirmation email when a gift has been made during the giving day on their fundraising page. The donor to their page receives a tax receipt when their gift has been processed.
  • Fundraisers also have backend access to basic donor information on donors that have contributed on their page. This is important for personal thank you notes and tracking. KLRU also has access to all of that donation information and donor data as it relates to individual fundraiser pages.
  • Fundraisers’ goal thermometer WILL move once pledges have been made! So get them scheduled so that you are in the lead on the first day.

Your voice truly matters, thank you for your continued support!

KLRU Receives $1 Million Capital Grant from The Moody Foundation

Grant Supports Infrastructure for Local Production and Programming

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, has received a capital grant of $1 million from The Moody Foundation. The funding will allow KLRU to modernize the technology and equipment used to produce and broadcast original content.

“This grant is an investment in the basic building blocks of KLRU’s identity as a local community resource and a national ambassador for Austin,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager.

KLRU has long been a leader in locally-produced content: while best known for growing Austin City Limits into the longest-running music series in television history, KLRU is also home to award-winning programs like Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Overheard with Evan Smith, and BBQ with Franklin.  These series are all produced by KLRU and distributed nationally to PBS stations across the country.

But as KLRU leadership worked to develop a new strategic plan last year, it became clear that existing infrastructure was limiting the station’s ability to produce such content and program a localized broadcast schedule—in other words, the core activities at the very heart of KLRU’s mission and service.

Now, with this significant gift from The Moody Foundation, KLRU will begin replacing outdated editing technology and field production equipment, and will also implement modern systems for archiving and broadcast automation.

In addition to boosting efficiency at the station, the gift ensures that thousands of hours of content will be properly preserved, and presents exciting possibilities for additional field-based projects out in the community.

About the Moody Foundation
The Moody Foundation was established in 1942 and is a charitable organization that makes grants primarily in Austin, Galveston and Dallas, with an emphasis on education, social services, children’s needs and community development.  The Moody Foundation was created by Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Moody Jr. to benefit, in perpetuity, present and future generations of Texans. and, today, is governed by three trustees: Robert Moody, Ross R. Moody and Frances Moody-Dahlberg.

About KLRU
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues —by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Stray Dog 10/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Stray Dog. This free event takes place Tuesday, Oct. 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There’s much more to Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he also comes to terms with his combat experience.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

Black Panthers documentary screening 9/30

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KLRU’s community partner the Austin Film Society will host a screening of Stanley Nelson’s “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” September 30 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets here.

The documentary explores the complex story of The Black Panthers through an array of interviews and archival footage with people who were there. Nelson, who was awarded a 2013 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama, is known for films that explore African-American history and for films that give the audience special access to well-known stories – often through archival footage as in “Jonestown: The Life and Death Of Peoples Temple.” Sundance Institute called the film, which premiered at the festival, “a vibrant, human, living and breathing chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.”

 

In the Studio: Civic Summit Austin’s Asian-American Identity 9/16

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Join us in studio for a taping of Civic Summit, where we’ll explore the challenges Asian-Americans face and common misconceptions about this diverse community.

DATE: Wednesday, September 16
TIME: 6:30pm Doors | 7pm Start
LOCATION: KLRU Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Civic Summit: Austin’s Asian-American Identity will air on KLRU on October 8, 2015 at 9 pm, moderated by Esther Chung Martin, Executive Director of the Asian American Resource Center Nonprofit. Our panelists will be:

  • Dr. Snehal Shingavi, Associate Professor of South Asian literature at UT
  • Linda Phan, Executive Director of the Asian Family Supports Services of Austin
  • Richard Jung, Chair of Asian American Quality of Life Commission
  • Dr. Vagdevi Meunier, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Have a question you’d like to ask our panelists on this subject? Email us at: civicsummit@klru.org

Want to learn more about Austin’s Asian-American heritage? KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Pioneers from the East profiles three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area – the Sing family, the Wong family and the Lung family. Watch and learn more about the project