KCET Receives NEA Grant to Support Departures Initiative

KCET Departures receives one of 832 Art Works grants

totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide


Los Angeles, CA--National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that KCET is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. KCET is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support Departures.


Departures is a hyper-local web documentary series and digital literacy program about the people, places, issues and history of Los Angeles' neighborhoods, such as Highland Park, Venice, South Robertson and Little Tokyo (www.kcet.org/departures). Departures' popular Field Guides include self-guided activities and tours through some of the region's most unique landmarks such as Venice, the Los Angeles River and Highland Park (www.kcet.org/fieldguides).


"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including KCET's Departures," said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."


"We are excited to be able to continue to study the culturally rich neighborhoods that define our region with help from this NEA grant, and share what we've mined with our audience in Departures' dynamic visually stimulating environment," said Juan Devis, KCET's Director of Production and Program Development.


In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.


For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.


About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org.

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