LA Weekly Honors 'Artbound' with Web Award

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Burbank, CA - October 3, 2012 -KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station serving Southern and Central California, is pleased to announce that's unique new arts initiative, Artbound, has been named "The Best Arts & Culture Site" by LA Weekly.

In LA Weekly's third annual web awards, Artbound was recognized for its wide range of content, including articles, videos and regions it covers.

The initiative draws upon articles contributed by experienced artistic advisors, cultural critics, curators and journalists, representing Southern California's 11 counties, which are rated by readers and vetted by the Artbound editorial team. The top columns are produced as videos--some of which air as hour-long programs on KCET.

Judges offered praise for the site's ability to celebrate the region's unique artistic expressions: "The sheer amount of territory covered by KCET's Artbound is admirable" and "Who said 'public' and 'local' were over? Artbound curates the best and most offbeat the city of L.A. has to offer."

To see KCET's promo about the award, please watch this video.

Artbound's second broadcast debuts on KCET Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m.

Artbound is funded by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs City Of Los Angeles Viewers on the go can connect with Artbound on Facebook ( and Twitter (@kcetartbound). Juan Devis, KCET's Director of Production and Program Development is the executive producer for the series. Seasoned multimedia journalist, Drew Tewksbury serves as Artbound's managing editor and producer. Artbound is produced in collaboration with B-Curious Production helmed by Bruce Dickson.


Artbound is a Southern and Central California cultural journalism project produced by KCET dedicated to producing an online destination about the arts and culture of our region. Columns are penned by more than 20 experienced artistic advisors, cultural critics, curators and definitive tastemakers of the arts.  This unique trans-media multi-platform initiative explores the arts in 11 counties using a participatory methodology in which visitor and fan engagement propel popular columns to the next platform of production; first as in depth short form video documentaries; and based on the volume and quality of user comments, a 30-minute episode for television.



Since 1978, LA Weekly has been decoding Los Angeles for its readers, infiltrating its subcultures, observing and analyzing its shifting rhythms, digging up its unreported stories and confronting the city's political leaders. From the beginning, the paper has found success by drawing in readers with comprehensive calendar listings and cultural coverage, and then keeping those readers loyal with bold news and political coverage and in-depth feature stories by some of the country's finest writers. LA Weekly has won more awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies than any other paper in the country, and in 2007 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism by food writer Jonathan Gold.



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 weekly 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 is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit

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