KCET Receives NEA Grant to Support Departures Initiative

KCET Departures receives one of 832 Art Works grants

totaling $23.3 million in funding




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.



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).



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

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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