Arts In Context Shorts: 6 Pianos

Nathan Felix made his mark in the Austin music scene by composing classical-style music and putting on a show in his North Austin home. But his long term goal is something much bigger.

The idea of Felix’s at home show, Classical Music Kegger, came to him when he saw an opera performance in a train station when he lived in Los Angeles. Felix decided to compose a show with only pianos. Despite the fact that he had never composed a piano piece, nor did he know how to play piano, when Felix returned to his hometown of Austin, he somehow snagged six free pianos off of Craigslist and got to work.

However, Felix wants to give his community more than just the music itself. That’s why he donated the pianos to the youth.

“Part of my way of giving back is donating the pianos to some of the schools or community centers,” Felix said.”I want to start grooming and growing the next crop of young, talented kids.”

Nathan Felix by Ashley Bradley

Emperor Science Award Winner Mathilda Nicot-Cartsonis from Austin

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KLRU is thrilled to announce that Mathilda Nicot-Cartsonis, a LASA High School (Austin ISD) junior, has been named a winner of the national Emperor Science Award, a joint initiative by Stand Up to Cancer and PBS LearningMedia.

In addition to receiving a cash award and a Dell Chromebook, Nicot-Cartsonis will be working this summer with Dr. Jenny Chang, Director of the Methodist Hospital Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Chang’s primary work investigates how to target then eradicate chemotherapy-resistant, tumor-initiating cells.

Nicot-Cartsonis, a self-professed fanatic of viruses since the age of 11, has an additional motivation for this quest. Her longtime ballet instructor and mentor, Alexandra Nadal, a co-founder of the Slavin Nadal School of Ballet and 2009 inductee into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, died in 2015 of a type of cancer being researched by Dr. Chang. Nicot-Cartsonis plans to keep her dual scientist/dancer roles in her university studies.

The Emperor Science Award contest received almost 1,200 applications from 10th and 11th grade students from 40 states. Nicot-Cartsonis is one of 100 inaugural winners.

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Update: Mathilda’s socks

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Save the Date: Amplify Austin 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!

PBS LearningMedia launches ELECTION CENTRAL

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As part of the overarching PBS Election 2016 initiative, today PBS LearningMedia announced additional details about ELECTION CENTRAL, an online destination for educators to teach students about the political process.

The new site, created in collaboration between PBS LearningMedia and PBS NewsHour, will help teachers engage students in the political process, provide virtual field trip ideas and share a collection of election-themed resources to support history, civics and English curricula throughout the election year.

Among the main features of ELECTION CENTRAL will be an interactive map of the United States, providing educators with opportunities to engage students in various aspects of the political process. The map will also display important historical facts about the candidates, laws and process.

Content in ELECTION CENTRAL will be refreshed on a weekly basis and when timely events occur — for example, after debates or after primary elections. Features include:

  • Tracking the campaign trail of candidates, including current and previous candidates
  • Fun facts – general and state-specific
  • The history behind the vote
  • An explanation of the nominating process
  • Candidate views on key issues
  • Election-specific news stories curated from PBS NewsHour
  • Build your ideal presidential candidate interactive
  • Access to hundreds of related resources through PBS LearningMedia

Additional student-focused projects will be announced throughout the election year, including the Meet Me in DC contest, for which K-12 students design an election poster focusing on issues that are important in their local communities. Two grand prize winners (one K-5 and one K-6) will win a trip for two to Washington, DC, to tour the White House, explore the National Archives, watch Congress in session and visit the set of PBS NewsHour. Another contest, 50 for 50 , encourages students to write open letters to the 2016 presidential candidates with ideas on what needs to change in government. PBS will provide Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12 with a toolkit with resources to host in-class debates and give students the opportunity to discuss important issues with their peers.

For more information and educational resources, visit PBS LearningMedia’s website.

Outside the Box

Outside the Box, a collection of stories that profiles teens challenging gender stereotypes, is available to watch online now! The stories were made by the NewsHour Student Reporting Lab. This series introduces viewers to Shantell, the 16-year-old commanding officer of her high school’s JROTC program. We discover Zack’s passion for designing clothes, which ultimately lands the teen a spot on “Project Runway Junior.” And we get to know youth like Semra and D.J., who by exploring their identities challenge those around them to think #outsidethebox. Watch all the Outside the Box videos now

Two videos were produced by area schools as part of KLRU’s work with the Newshour Student Reporting Lab.

Fix all of it from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Luisa Garcia and Karen Lopez, students at Manor High School in Manor, Texas.

What’s it like to be a female mechanic? Sofia Rodriguez is an 18-year-old Texas native who currently works at both Jiffy Lube and Dynamic Motor Repair. Working in a male-dominated field can be challenging however, Sofia says “bring it on.”

Gamemaker from Student Reporting Labs on Vimeo.

Produced by Patrick Cadet, Isaiah Cavanaugh, Andrew Duncan, Alyssa San Miguel, Ashley Tamez, students at Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas.

Despite what many people assume because of her gender, Jazsmin Burton enjoys coding and wants to study game design in college so she can develop games herself.

A British Experience in Austin 02/18

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Attend the British Regiments – United States Tour 2016 featuring the Band of the Royal Marines!

Experience a grand display of pageantry filled with music, precision military marches, haunting bagpipes and Celtic dancing! With a $120 donation, you’ll receive a pair of tickets to the British Regiments featuring the Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards on February 18th at the Frank Erwin Center.

Tickets to this captivating performance filled with music and dance from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are limited to 5 donors, so make your donation below right now!

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THANK YOU!

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If you are one of the more than 1500 Central Texans who supported our Winter Fund Drive, please accept our sincerest thanks. Because of YOU, we were able to meet our $220,000 goal AND end our drive early! Every contribution you make to YOUR KLRU strengthens your community through quality public television and vital community services.

And if you made a gift during this drive or anytime in 2015, consider doubling the impact of your dollars with a match from your employer! Visit klru.org/match for a list of businesses that generously support your investment in KLRU.

Thank you and happy holidays from all of us at KLRU!

Gifts, giveaways and more!

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Support KLRU today and we’ll thank you with gifts and giveaways!

This holiday season, give the gift of KLRU to YOUR community and we’ll thank you with gifts and giveaways galore!

When you support the programs you enjoy on PBS and KLRU, you also give back to your friends and neighbors in Central Texas. From Masterpiece Theater, Nature and biographical documentaries, like In Their Own Words Jim Henson, to Ken Burns documentaries, NOVA and our award-winning local productions like Austin City Limits, you can directly support the shows you love with donations at various levels and we’ll thank you with a corresponding gift.

What’s more is that you can stay tuned to the KLRU Blog, Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win some incredible giveaways like a Heart of Texas Wine Tour for 10, a Roku 3, tickets for a Meet & Greet with the Kratt Brothers at Wild Kratts Live and even a chance to attend a taping of CTG in the KLRU studios!  All you need to do is make a gift of any amount through our blog or keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for ways to engage with us.

Over 85% of KLRU’s annual funding comes from the local community, but only 3% of KLRU’s weekly viewers make an annual donation to the station. We can’t do this without you!  

You helped KLRU exceed our #GivingTuesday goal and raise over $34,000!

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We want to offer a heartfelt thanks to all our members and viewers who joined the movement and supported KLRU’s #GivingTuesday campaign. In just 24 hours, YOU helped us surpass our goal and raise over $34,000 from over 200 people in the Central Texas community!

You gave more, gave smarter and gave great! And for that, we couldn’t be more grateful. 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!

Just hours left to show your support for #GivingTuesday

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Can we reach $30,000 by midnight? With your help, YES WE CAN!

There are just hours left for you to join the movement and show your support for #yourklru and #GivingTuesday.

Thanks to you, earlier today we met the $2,500 challenge match from Wilson Goldrick Realtors! But we still have a few hours until #GivingTuesday ends at midnight tonight and we’ve made it our goal to hit $30,000. If you haven’t had a chance to make your gift in support of #yourklru, now’s the time!

And if you have made your gift, I’d like to thank you and encourage you to share on your social media networks why you gave to #yourklru on #GivingTuesday. Your support multiplies when you show your love for KLRU, inspiring your friends, family and neighbors to give too!

And for a little extra encouragement, we have one final challenge match from McGinnis Lochridge. They have kindly stepped up with a $1,500 challenge match to the Central Texas community to help us reach our $30,000 goal by midnight.

For every dollar received until 9pm tonight, McGinnis Lochridge will contribute the same amount up to $1,500, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $3,000!

Can we count on your support right now to get us to our goal of $30,000 by midnight?

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