Thank You for Amplifying KLRU!

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We did it! Because of YOU, we were able to surpass our goal and raise $20,627 from over 280 people in our community during the Amplify Austin campaign last week. Not only did we surpass our goal, but you helped Amplify Austin surpass their goal and raise over $5.7 million for the Austin area community. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

In fact, your gift will help KLRU provide over 35,000 hours of free, high quality programming in the areas of education, arts and culture and public issues to everyone in Central Texas this year. And we go beyond broadcast: last year, over 50,000 people attended KLRU tapings, screenings, workshops and other events and educational activities. With on-air and online content serving 18 counties, KLRU is one of the only nonprofits in Central Texas with the potential to touch nearly every household, every day.

Your gift is an investment in this community. Thank you for your incredible support.

Love our programs about Austin? Show it by helping us Amplify Austin!

Now is the time! If you value the work we do every day to tell stories about issues that matter to you, join us TODAY for the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day. You have until 6pm to show your support for the shows we create that share what is special about Austin. And if you’re one of over 16,000 who has already joined the Amplify Austin campaign, thank you!

The Central Texas community is well on its way to helping Amplify Austin meet their goal of raising $4 million and with your help, we’re well on our way to meeting our goal of raising $18,500. As of 9am this morning, we’ve raised $11,500. Won’t you join the more than 130 people that have helped KLRU Amplify Austin already?

Join the fun today to show your support for Amplify Austin and KLRU. Here’s how YOU can help:

We have until 6pm tonight to make a huge difference in our community, so let’s Amplify Austin together!

 

Community Cinema: Medora 4/1

KLRU featured event

KLRU and the Austin Public Library present Community Cinema. The free public screenings take place at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) from 7 pm to 9 pm.

On April 1st, watch a preview and discuss of Medora. Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town’s down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players’ stories on and off the court – as the team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s fight for survival.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman

It’s almost time to Amplify Austin!

An investment in KLRU is an investment in YOUR community! We are thrilled to be participating in the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day that begins TODAY at 6pm.

Amplify Austin, presented by I Live Here, I Give Here, is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Central Texas through online giving in a 24 hour period. Last year Amplify Austin, as a whole, raised over $2.8 million for the Central Texas community.

Last year, you helped KLRU raise over $12,000 from 130 people in the community, and this year we have a goal to raise $18,500 from over 200 people in the community. We need your help to reach it!

Here’s how you can help:

Don’t want to wait until 6pm to give? Preschedule your donation now!

We have 24 hours to make a huge difference in our community, so let’s Amplify Austin together!

Story of the Jews on KLRU

In March and April, KLRU will broadcast The Story of the Jews, which explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day later this month. In conjunction with the series, KLRU is planning a significant outreach effort highlight our local Jewish community including on event on May 19th details coming soon.

Based on British historian Simon Schama’s epic book The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, the five-part series features interviews with noted academics, writers, politicians and artists. KLRU will broadcast part 1-2 on March 25 from 7-9 pm and part 3-5 on April 1st from 7-10 pm.

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things.  To some, attending regular service and participating in traditional religious ceremonies makes a person Jewish, while others see being Jewish as a cultural group or something they were born into.  KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.  Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

KLRU, along with assistance from the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin (JFGA), will interview five Central Texans about what being Jewish means to them.  These short videos will shed light on the differences and similarities between people who identify as Jewish. Watch the videos

As part of The Story of the Jews National Education and Outreach Initiative, there is a national essay contest to encourage high school aged students across America to examine how stories shape our identities. To enter the contest, high school students must watch a short video and answer specific questions. Get more details about the contest

Adults can share their family’s journey on the Story of the Jews website

Arts In Context Shorts: Clothes Stories

Clothing can inspire memories of the past or can be symbols of plans for the future. This week Arts In Context Shorts features artist Johnny Walker as he explores the relationship between people and their clothing in his public art installation Clothes Stories.  KLRU commissioned Walker to create this public art project and brought on Goodwill Industries of Central Texas as a community-partner to help create this unique installation.

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Attendees at the Arts In Context party at the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour were asked to participate in selecting from thousands of garments donated by Goodwill, writing their stories, and hanging them for display at Big Medium’s Canopy studios. Some attendees even brought their own special pieces to donate. Whether fact or fiction, these personal stories range from family histories and poems to revealing hopes and dreams. The installation was temporary, but the clothes’ stories didn’t end at the event. Walker has cataloged and tagged the clothes for online reference. The tagged garments were then returned to Goodwill to find new owners. As the pieces of clothing are purchased, the tag will lead the new owners to details about the item’s real or imagined past life at clothestories.com

 

Texas Film Awards 3/6

KLRU featured event

KLRU’s partners at the Austin Film Society are hosting the annual Texas Film Awards.  You can watch the Texas Film Awards 2012 now

Texas Film Awards
Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6 PM
Austin Studios, Stage 7
Honorary Gala Chairs: Bobbi and Mort Topfer
For tables and tickets, visit austinfilm.org/TFA

Join Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Danny McBride, Priscilla Presley, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Luke Wilson and many more, as AFS inducts legends of cinema and television into the Texas Film Hall of Fame! All proceeds benefit the artistic and educational programs of the Austin Film Society.

Followed by The Texas Party
9 PM – Midnight
For tickets, visit austinfilm.org/TexasParty
Come mingle with the stars at the official after party of the Texas Film Awards featuring musical performances by Money Chicha and DJ Mahealani, a Patrón Spirits photo booth, the Lady Luck Lottery, The Dos Equis Lounge, a LIVE social media wall powered by Mass Relevance and a silent auction filled with one-of-a-kind experiences. Plus, enjoy Texas food and drink provided by: Hat Creek Burger, Thundercloud Subs, Austin Cake Ball, How Do You Roll?, HWY 29 BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes and more!

KLRU films chosen for City’s Faces of Austin project

The City of Austin has chosen two KLRU short films— Arts In Context Shorts Pour Your Heart Out and Austin Revealed Civil Rights Stories — to be featured in the annual Faces of Austin short film project.

The City of Austin will premiere its Faces of Austin short film selections for 2014 as part of the SXSW Film Community Screenings on Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd. The 2014 Faces of Austin premiere is free, open to the public, and does not require a SXSW film badge or pass.

The 12 films chosen this year were all made by local filmmakers and highlight the people, institutions, and cultures that make up Austin. Several films feature local non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill of Central Texas and the Austin Bike Zoo. Other films focus on unique individuals within the community, including a Hurricane Katrina survivor who now calls Austin home and pioneers of the local civil rights movement.

The entire list of 2014 films can be viewed at www.austintexas.gov/facesofaustin.

Faces of Austin is intended to showcase the work of Austin filmmakers that reflects the diverse faces, voices, and experiences that make up Austin’s unique identity. Individual films from the 2014 collection will be viewable on ATXN, online, and at special screenings.

Faces of Austin is a program of the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department and ATXN, the City’s government access channel. The program debuted in 2005; this year marks the seventh year of showcasing Austin-made short films. The 2014 program was supported by SXSW Film and the Austin Film Society.

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin. For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.

Help KLRU Amplify Austin on March 20-21!

An investment in KLRU is an investment in YOUR community! We are thrilled to be participating in the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day, beginning Thursday, March 20 at 6pm and ending at 6pm Friday, March 21.

Amplify Austin, presented by I Live Here, I Give Here, is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Central Texas through online giving in a 24 hour period. Last year Amplify Austin, as a whole, raised over $2.8 million for the Central Texas community and this year their goal is to raise $4 million!

Last year, you helped KLRU raise over $12,000 from 130 people in the community – allowing us to provide:

  • 300 artists a place to share their creativity
  • 4,000 children with books and digital resources
  • 750 parents & teachers with hands-on educational workshops
  • 1,000 hours of Central Texas themed programming each year
  • 100+ events on civil discourse and cultural understanding

Our goal for 2014 is to raise $18,500 from 200 people in the community and we need your help to reach it!

Ways you can be involved in helping KLRU to reach our 2014 Amplify Austin goal:

  1. Save the Date & Give! Get out your calendar and mark March 20th at 6pm to give to KLRU through Amplify Austin. Visit klru.org to link to the Amplify Austin KLRU donation page, search for KLRU on the Amplify Austin site or directly visit KLRU’s Amplify Austin giving page.

  2. Share via Social Media! Last year, social networks were one of the primary mediums people used to share information about Amplify Austin and were then directed to give. Spread the word to your friends and family by liking/sharing/retweeting KLRU’s Amplify Austin posts on Facebook and Twitter or share why YOU support KLRU and why YOU think it’s important for your followers to support too!

  3. Email your networks! Spread the word to your friends, family and coworkers and share KLRU’s Amplify Austin donation page with them. Engaging in conversation about KLRU, Amplify Austin and philanthropy in Central Texas will increase awareness about KLRU’s mission and build an audience of support to help us continue to provide high quality, commercial free television to all of Central Texas.

KLRU is so excited to be a part of this special community-wide giving day and we hope you’re just as eager to participate in it as we are!