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.

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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!

In the Studio: Blackademics tapings 2/4 and 2/5

KLRU featured event

Join KLRU for the 2014 Blackademics: Youth and Social Media, Black Expression in the Arts, and Rethinking the Concept of Race. These free talks will be recorded to air in upcoming episodes of Blackademics Television.

Date: Tuesday, February 4th and Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map)

blackademics tvNationally and internationally renowned black studies scholars offer dynamic talks on education, performance and youth empowerment. The evening is hosted by KLRU and the Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships (ICUSP).

Presenters include:
Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University)
Denise J. Hart (Howard University)
Dawn-Elissa Fischer (San Francisco State University)
Joao Vargas (University of Texas at Austin)
Yasmiyn Irizarry (Mississippi State University)
Eric Tang ((University of Texas at Austin)
Lisa Thompson (University of Texas at Austin)
Autumn Caviness (University of Texas at Austin)
Kevin Foster (University of Texas at Austin)

Blackademics Television is an ongoing project to bring engaging Black Studies scholarship to broad popular audiences via Public Television and New Media. This year’s tapings feature five 12-minute presentations each night by scholars and artists from around the country. Watch other Blackademics talks now

Austin City Government 101 forums 2/8 and 2/22

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Join KLRU and our community partners for Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 forums.
DATE: Saturdays, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22
TIME: 10 am (doors will open at 9:30 am)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

Austin’s form of government just got a big overhaul, and it can be confusing knowing who does what inside City Hall. KLRU is teaming up with The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, The League of Women Voters of Austin Area and KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR Station, to host two forums to answer your questions and to teach you how to make your voice heard at City Hall.

Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 is a general overview and education on the functions of Austin’s city government in order to increase civic engagement, with an emphasis on the challenges and opportunities the new 10-1 form of governance will bring.

The forums will take place both Saturdays, February 8 & 22 in KLRU’s historic Studio 6A on the University of Texas-Austin campus at the corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton. The two hour forums start at 10am. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

Joining us for the discussion on February 8 will be a number of city officials, including City Attorney Karen Kennard, City Auditor Ken Mory, Deputy CFO Ed Van Eenoo,  former General Manager of Austin Energy Roger Duncan, former Assistant City Manager Terrell Blodgett and Assistant Director of Planning and Development Garner Stoll.

On February 22, Nelson Linder, President of Austin’s NAACP chapter, Gonzalo Barrientos, Chair of the Charter Revision Committee, Susan Morrison, League of Women Voters, as well as a number of city board and commission members. Reporters from KUT 90.5 will moderate the discussions. Audience members will be able to participate in a Q&A portion with panelists on both days.

Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 is part of our Why Bother? initiative, an effort with the Annette Strauss Institute and KUT 90.5. It is aimed at increasing civic engagement in Austin through voter education. Watch the other programs in the Why Bother? series on klru.org

KLRU receives grant from the Texas Bar Foundation

Admissions on Trial documentary gets update
and resource-filled website thanks to $7,500 grant

Austin, TX — KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces the Texas Bar Foundation has granted the station $7,500 to help update the documentary Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education after a recent US Supreme Court decision. The Texas Bar Foundation grant will also be used to assist in the creation of an educational website to allow public study of the case.

Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education, narrated by Dan Rather and produced by Lynn Boswell, examines the case of Fisher v. Texas, which challenges the University of Texas’ use of race as a consideration in admissions.   When first aired on KLRU in March 2013, the documentary considered the case prior to its consideration by the Supreme Court. The case was heard by the Court in its last session and remanded to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for further consideration. The Texas Bar Foundation grant will allow the producer to update the documentary to reflect the Fifth Circuit’s ruling and the case’s possible return to the Supreme Court. With this update, the film will be set for distribution to PBS stations nationwide for broadcast.

Admissions on Trial presents the Fisher case and the larger policy questions raised, in light of a series of historic decisions also involving The University of Texas. The documentary traces the history of affirmative action in higher education admissions back to 1946, when an early civil rights case called Sweatt v. Painter challenged the admission policies of The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Law. That case, decided  in favor of the Plaintiff, Heman Sweatt, laid the foundation for desegregation of schools nationwide, and set precedent that was central to the landmark desegregation case  Brown v. Board of Education.

The accompanying website will provide additional material on the subject of race in admissions and can be used by researchers and in classrooms nationwide to give more in-depth details about the cases featured in Admissions on Trial.

“Thanks to the generous support of the Texas Bar Foundation, KLRU is able to present this important documentary to the nation with additional analysis on the recent Supreme Court action,” said Bill Stotesbery KLRU CEO and general manager. “In addition, the website supported by this grant will allow us to augment the educational experience and make the project a true resource for educators.”

The Texas Bar Foundation solicits charitable contributions and provides funding to enhance the rule of law and the system of justice in Texas, especially for programs that relate to the administration of justice; ethics in the legal profession; legal assistance for the needy; the encouragement of legal research, publications and forums; and the education of the public. Since 1965, the trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation have awarded more than $15 million in grants to charitable organizations across Texas. Grants are made possible by the generosity of Fellows and charitable gifts from individuals and law firms across the state. The Texas Bar Foundation and its members are committed to the mission of Advancing Justice in Texas…by providing opportunities to support the rule of law in Texas.

The original Admissions on Trial documentary was funded in part by The William and Salome McAllen Scanlan Foundation, The RGK Foundation, The Meyer Levy Foundation and an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The film can be watched online at klru.org.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
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.

 

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Happy Holidays from KLRU

As 2013 comes to an end, we would like to thank you all of our members, viewers and community partners for their investment in KLRU. With the community’s support, we’ve been able to provide books and digital resources to children, educational workshops for parents and teachers, events to foster civic discourse, programming that reflects the uniqueness of our viewers and many other services that help build a stronger community. We look forward to another successful year in 2014!