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!

 

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

Go beyond television and experience your favorite KLRU shows in person

We’re is kicking off our Spring pledge drive this week and have less than 2 weeks to raise $220,000 in order to keep public television strong in Central Texas! If you haven’t already made a gift during this drive, consider making one today. And when you do, we’ve got some great ways to thank you for your donation that go beyond television and let you experience your favorite KLRU and PBS shows in person!

 

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!

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

Big news for BBQ with Franklin

We’ve reached a million views on our YouTube channel!

We’d also like to share some news on a project we’ve been working on for a while. Based on the success of the web series and the positive feedback we’ve gotten, we’ll be developing BBQ with Franklin into a TV series. It will air on KLRU and be distributed nationally to PBS stations early next year.  RetailMeNot www.retailmenot.com, the leading marketplace for digital coupons and deals, signed on to be the first sponsor of the TV series.

The TV show will be developed concurrently with the YouTube channel, which was launched in October 2012. The television program will explore the history and culture of BBQ while the online videos continue to focus on instruction. KLRU will work with Austin-based Rocket Science Video to help produce and direct the series.

All current videos can be viewed at youtube.com/BBQwithfranklin

Antiques Roadshow coming to Austin 6/28

Post updated 4/8: Deadline for ticket entry was April 8th, 2014. Antiques Roadshow will notify those receiving tickets.

Antiques Roadshow, PBS’s most-watched primetime series, has announced its Summer 2014 Tour destinations including Austin! The show will film in Austin on June 28th, 2014.

Admission to the Antiques Roadshow Austin event is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance from the show’s producers. Ticket applications and complete ticketing rules will be available on pbs.org/antiques or by dialing toll-free 1-888-762-3749. Ticket applications must be received by Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Tickets will be awarded by random drawing.

Other Summer 2014 Tour destinations include: Bismarck, North Dakota; Santa Clara, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; and Charleston, West Virginia. Programs recorded in those locations will make up the 11-time Emmy® Award nominated production’s 19th broadcast season on PBS, airing in 2015.

Antiques Roadshow couldn’t be happier to embark on our second summer of a beefed up, eight-city tour,” said Antiques Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko. “From a first-time visit to West Virginia to a long-awaited return to New York’s thriving antiques scene, we are thrilled about each and every city we are traveling to.”

Additional information about the Summer 2014 Tour is available at pbs.org/antiques.

 

Arts In Context Shorts: Installation

ASFILINS2This week Arts In Context Shorts is bringing museums and gallery spaces to life! Jeremy Birks and Kirk Anders of Austin Art Services give a behind-the-scenes look into the world of art installation. They display each work of art with a thoughtfulness to help improve the viewing experience. Working to create an extension of the piece itself into the physical space with each installation, Austin Art Services helps artists and museums to express their ideas.