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KCET's Award-Winning Arts and Culture Series, 'Artbound' Premieres Season 2 on April 4 at 9 p.m.

New Season Captivates Viewers by Showcasing Southern

California's Vast Artistic Landscape

 

BURBANK, CALIF. -

April 1, 2013 -
KCET, the nation's largest independent television

station serving Southern and Central California, a service of KCETLink, is

pleased to announce its award-winning, transmedia arts and culture journalism

series,
Artbound, will return for a second season on Thursday, April 4 at

9 p.m.

 

The series, which is composed of short documentaries

voted upon by readers from popular articles on the website, features innovative

artists and culture creators in diverse artistic practices throughout Southern

California.  With more than 40

contributors, across 11 counties in the region, Artbound contributors

are invested in their communities, diving deeply into stories that are often

underrepresented in other media outlets.

"We're excited to provide a new season of Artbound,

highlighting some of the most creative and imaginative voices in Southern

California," said Juan Devis, Executive Producer of the series and Vice

President of Arts and Culture Programming, KCETLink. "This series is more than

an exploration of art in our region; it is a powerful examination of innovation

that impacts the world."

The hour-long, premiere episode follows

a group of artists who venture inside a simulated Middle Eastern city at a 29

Palms Marine Base to create the Plein air drawings of military

installations by Hillary Muskin. Viewers then travel north to Mission San

Luis Obispo
de Tolosa where music professor Craig Russell recreates

the fandango and its role in mission music to understand the confluence of

culture and conflict that collides in the early days of California's

statehood. 

The program also uncovers the wearable art of

Victor Wilde of the Bohemian Society, a downtown Los Angeles fashion designer

whose pieces are one-of-a-kind, and modified by bullets, blowtorches and jagged

knives. In South Los Angeles, viewers meet hip hop photographer Mike Miller,

who chronicled the rise of West Coast hip hop, photographing iconic images of

rappers Tupac, Eazy E and N.W.A.
Also, featured is the

new country, folk sound of Carly Ritter - daughter of the late actor John

Ritter - whose music channels the spirit and the sound of Laurel Canyon.

Since its launch in May 2012, Artbound has seen

significant growth in its online voting feature. Each week, articles with the

most votes are produced into weekly videos that will air in the television

series. Artbound marks the first time in KCET history that viewers are

able to curate the content they watch. 

Episodes of Artbound Season 2 will air on KCET on May 2, May 30,

June 27, July 25 and August 22.

Artbound returns to

KCET after earning critical praise for its inaugural efforts in 2012, including

two Golden Mike Awards for "Best Entertainment Reporting" and "Best Internet

News Reporting" and First Place for "Documentary or Special Program,

Short" from L.A. Press Club's Fifth Annual National Entertainment

Journalism Awards. L.A. Weekly also named Artbound the "Best

Art and Culture Website" for 2012.

 

 

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

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