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 KCET.org'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,
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.

offered praise for the site's ability to celebrate the region's unique artistic
"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

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 (facebook.com/KCETartbound) 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.



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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
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and in 2007 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for criticism by food writer
Jonathan Gold.



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enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of
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