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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KLRU Endowment Receives Gift From Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin

KLRU Endowment Receives Gift From Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Recognizing Longtime Supporters Sandy and Dudley Youman

Gift In Honor of Station’s 50th Anniversary

Austin, TX — KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces that Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin have created the Sandy and Dudley Youman Fund within the KLRU Endowment honoring two of the station’s key supporters and the station’s 50th anniversary.

“PBS’s success depends on having best friends, and KLRU, Ian, and I have all survived and thrived because of the selfless service and extraordinary talent of our unsung heroes Sandy and Dudley Youman,” Johnson said. “Their tireless commitment of time, talent and treasure has been a blessing beyond measure to PBS and to us and we know the greatest way to thank them is to give back to the cause they love.”

“Sandy and Dudley certainly have a place at center stage in the history of KLRU, and I’m very happy that this gift recognizes that and helps us continue the station’s great work into the next 50 years,” said KLRU CEO Bill Stotesbery.

The Sandy and Dudley Youman Fund, part of the KLRU Endowment, will be used to help support KLRU programming and events. The KLRU Endowment was established in 1991 to provide a permanent fund that furthers KLRU’s vision to make Central Texas the most vibrant, informed, and engaged community in the country through the creative use of educational and inspirational content.

Sandy Youman retired from KLRU in 2005 after a career at the station spanning two decades. While at KLRU, Youman was instrumental in building membership, increasing major donors and in creating the Producers Circle. Sandy and Dudley, a physician, have continued to support KLRU and other non-profit organizations in Austin through their boundless volunteer activities.

“As I told Luci,” Sandy Youman said, “This is a real ‘grace-gift,’ defined as thoroughly unexpected, unnecessary at a level of such magnitude, but certainly really appreciated! I am humbled and thrilled that through this fund we can continue to play a part in making a difference for KLRU; not only inspiring the next generation of Youmans, but for the KLRU families throughout Austin, Central Texas and beyond.”

About KLRU
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, presents quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning opportunities, resulting in a more vibrant community and a higher quality of life. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest-running live music television show Austin City Limits, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including Overheard with Evan Smith and documentaries like Citizen Architect and Last Best Hope. Get more information about KLRU at klru.org.

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Douglas Drane Charitable Trust Renews Support

The Douglas Drane Charitable Trust has made a $25,000 contribution to KLRU in support of our Strategic Research Plan.  The Plan will provide the market intelligence needed to inform strategic and tactical decisions and measure KLRU’s progress in meeting its vision, mission and goals.

This gift will enable us to perform an annual market tracking study, as well as monthly viewer and member studies.   We will turn an eye toward programming and campaign measurement, Web and social media, and the KLRU Member Advisory Panel.  As a result of this gift, the community data we capture will be representative of Central Texas Households as never before, and we will incorporate this data in a meaningful way into the planning and execution of our ongoing strategy.

We are delighted that the Douglas Drane Charitable Trust will continue partnering with our station to further refine our community identity so that, as we are inspired by Austin, we may better inspire Austin.  Thank you!

Susan and Richard Marcus Make Grant to KLRU

Susan and Richard Marcus have just made a $3,500 contribution to KLRU. The funds will be used to partially match an “Arts on Radio and Television” NEA grant which was awarded earlier this year.

Through this project, KLRU will re-master and distribute 8 new episodes of our award-winning arts series, Arts In Context. Each half-hour program will utilize content from the best of these original segments. The final result will be the creation of a nationally broadcast series incorporating the highest production values to present a diverse and engaging selection of artists and their work.

KLRU is proud to showcase the inspiration of Central Texas creatives and share their vision with the greater American public.

KLRU receives Dell Foundation grant for early education initiatives

KLRU is the proud recipient of a Dell Foundation Equipping Youth Literate Communities grant. This two-year, $50,000 contribution will serve to empower youth to learn and excel in a digitally-driven economy — specifically, through support of Sesame Street and our Ready to Learn literacy program. We are grateful for the Dell Foundation’s generous and ongoing support of early education in Central Texas.

Producers Circle Reception with Anna Deavere Smith

Members of the KLRU Producers Circle attended a reception featuring actress, educator and activist Anna Deavere Smith, May 10, in Studio 6B. The reception immediately followed Smith’s taping of Texas Monthly Talks.

Smith’s work as an actress includes roles in theater, film and television. She is also well known as the author of critically acclaimed plays and books. It’s a career that has won wide respect, as well as a number of awards, including two Obies, two Tony nominations and a spot as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.

To see her Texas Monthly Talks appearance, tune into KLRU on May 27th. To find out more information on KLRU’s Producer Circle and future Producer Circle events, contact Sharon Guess at sguess@klru.org.

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KLRU Receives Generous $25,000 Gift from Douglas Drane Charitable Trust

Douglas Drane (right) and Erin Winfrey (left) from Drane Associates present KLRU General Manager, Bill Stotesbery with a $25,000 gift for KLRU’s CRISP initiative

Erin Winfrey (left) and Douglas Drane (right) from Drane Associates present KLRU General Manager, Bill Stotesbery, with a $25,000 gift for KLRU’s CRISP initiative

Douglas Drane of the Douglas Drane Charitable Trust recently donated $25,000 to KLRU’s Community Research Information and Service Project (CRISP). This project is central to KLRU achieving its mission to provide quality content that engages people- leading to a more vibrant community. Upon completion, CRISP will enable KLRU to enhance our ability to communicate with viewers and donors through enhanced web experiences. Mr. Drane’s considerable contribution will significantly help foster innovation and reduce fundraising costs by increasing our capacity to engage in electronic communication with our members, allowing us to devote more resources to the programming and services so valued by the Central Texas community.

Kodosky Foundation Funds KLRU Arts Series

The Kodosky Foundation, managed by philanthropists Gail and Jeff Kodosky, have provided $10,000 in funding for KLRU’s INCONTEXT series. KLRU is deeply grateful to the Kodosky’s for this generous gift to further Arts in Central Texas and broaden exposure to all that Austin ahs to offer in artistic expression. This series of specials in 2010 features Choral Arts, Jazz in Austin – which airs Thursday, January 28th at 8:00 PM – and specials on the visual arts in Central Texas, Ballet Austin’s The Bach Project and an exploration of classical guitar and the 2010 International Classical Guitar Conference in June.