KCETLink’s Gentrification Series CITY RISING Receives $600,000 Grant From The California Endowment

Ariel Carpenter


Grant To Support Two Additional Seasons of Series Raising Awareness Around Community Health Equity Issues

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(The California Endowment supported the 60-minute documentary CITY RISING when it premiered on KCET in September of 2017)


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Burbank, Calif. –Nov. 21, 2017 – KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, announced today that The California Endowment, under its Building Healthy Communities campaign, has awarded a $600,000 two year grant to produce additional programming for the public media network’s multi-platform documentary series CITY RISING that raises awareness around critical community issues in California, such as gentrification and health equity.

The grant will fund 10 new short-form video segments with accompanying news stories to appear on kcet.org and linktv.org, as well as the televised CITY RISING documentaries to be broadcast annually in 2018 and 2019.

“We are pleased that The California Endowment has entrusted us again to handle such critical community issues through our storytelling,” said Juan Devis, Chief Creative Officer, KCETLink Media Group. “We are so grateful to those community residents who opened their doors and hearts to us, and to the community organizations and activists whose voices are helping to change the narrative of our common held preconceptions.  We look forward to telling more of their stories.”

“We are proud to partner with KCET and their team to help raise up important community issues that have an impact on the health and wellbeing of communities and residents throughout California.” said Beatriz Solis, Director of Healthy Communities South for The California Endowment.  “It is critical for us to see health related stories being told through the eyes of community residents and that have great impact on all of California.

CITY RISING debuted in September 2017 uncovering how gentrification is deeply rooted in a history of discriminatory laws and practices in the United States. The series explored the six communities of Long Beach, Santa Ana, Sacramento, Oakland, Oak Park, and South LA, giving a voice to the residents, activists and urban planners who have identified gentrification as a primary concern. CITY RISING brought to life the struggles those underserved residents face on a daily basis to keep their homes, and the activists who helped support their rights.

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KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Amazon, Apple TV and Roku platforms.


About The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians.  The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools and with prevention. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. For more information, visit www.calendow.org.

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