KCET's Award-Winning Web Documentary Series, Departures Launches New Interactive Field Guide Series on Highland Park



Series features more than 20 field guides on history, food, art and recreation, providing an immersive 'tour' of one of LA's most eclectic, bohemian communities

Los Angeles - January 30, 2012 - Just in time for the warm weather, KCET, the nation's largest independent television station serving Southern and Central California, is pleased to launch KCET's Definitive Guide to Highland Park, a new interactive series featuring more than 20 different excursions to one of LA's most eclectic, bohemian communities. 


Spanning a wide array of topics including, history, food, arts and recreation, the comprehensive field guide includes detailed mapping tools, a host of first-person interviews, as well as blogs, photos and imagery that will navigate visitors through the neighborhood's adventurous terrain. 

The guides are suited for both individuals and families, and feature various culinary "must-tries," like taco tours down Figueroa and York Blvd, local art galleries and weekend hikes through the lush San Gabriel Mountains.  In addition, the series hosts historical day trips with guides to some of the California Missions that played a major role in the establishment and influence of the Spanish Crown on the inhabitants of the Arroyo and surrounding areas.

"We're excited to debut the Highland Park field guide," said Juan Devis, director of Production & Program Development at KCET.  "In contrast to other aging areas of Los Angeles, Highland Park has managed to preserve and reinterpret its legacy as an axis of ingenuity and progress--I think visitors will love what they discover while exploring this unique area."


KCET's Definitive Guide to Highland Park is the second installment in the station's field guide series, which also includes a guide to the Los Angeles River and plans for several others as part of KCET's on-going commitment to provide local, cutting-edge content on all media platforms.


About KCET Departures

KCET Departures provides a 360º people-centric experience; is participatory in nature; and serves as a central nexus in people sharing, commenting, collaborating, and finding ways to be involved in their communities. These relationships are fostered offline and on by engaging community residents, non-profit organizations, schools and students, in the creation and procurement of relevant and relatable content. From development to production, the neighborhood and its community (the stake holders) are involved in the process of production, resulting in a tight knit between the aspirations of the local community and the station. Departures is a participatory platform, a series, and a network where people can convene information and ideas about our city and its people, and engage in the interpretation of the city that we live in.  Departures is funded by The Boeing Company, California Council for the Humanities and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.


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 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.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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