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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013


Arts on the Air


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Arts on the Air

The airwaves come alive this month with drama, music, and film—local, national and international—as WTVP embraces National Arts & Humanities Month! We’re highlighting our ongoing commitment to giving you a front row seat and a backstage pass to the best of the arts, here at home and around the world, both on-air and online.

WTVP’s award-winning Art In The Works returns with an exciting new season spotlighting artists who are making their art work in and for Illinois. Each stunningly-produced short film tells the story of an individual artist and their passion and process. Produced by WTVP’s Todd Pilon, in partnership with ArtsPartners of Central Illinois and its members, the 13 new films feature beautiful high definition production value and a cool, contemporary feel. Each profile is a work of art itself. Watch for the series in between programming on WTVP, and find out more at wtvp.org. Funding for the series is made possible by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Also on the local front, WTVP will be introducing you to local people who make and support the arts through The Arts Mean Business. A joint project with ArtsPartners, look for these daily highlights this month both on air and on Facebook. We are also partnering with the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists (Oct. 15-Nov. 15) to get the word out about exhibits and events of, by and about contemporary and historical women artists. Look for information on air, online and on social media. For Citywide Celebration of Women Artists' Facbook page [Click Here].

On the national front, bright stars and stellar performances abound as the PBS Arts Fall Festival kicks off and award-winning series continue. Drama takes center stage on GREAT PERFORMANCES as The Hollow Crown continues its brilliant new films of Shakespeare’s history plays, and the performance documentary Raisin in the Sun Revisited captures the history, legacy and backstage challenges of mounting two issue-driven plays simultaneously (Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.). [Watch Preview] Not to be outdone, MASTERPIECE brings you a drama double feature with the premiere of The Paradise (starts Oct. Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.) and an encore of Downton Abbey Season 2 (starts Oct. 13 at 9 p.m.).



Music soars as Sir Elton John makes a one-night-only appearance in a new concert staged just for PBS (Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.). In Performance at the White House presents Musica Latina on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. And Austin City Limits finds a new timeslot at 11 p.m. beginning Oct. 12.

Film finds a regular home on Mondays at 9 p.m. with Independent Lens and POV. WTVP’s showcase of local independent films—The Screening Room—continues on the first Saturday of the month at 11 p.m. And we premiere The Planets, a film by Max Fedore and PSO Music Director George Stelluto commissioned by The Peoria Symphony Orchestra, on Oct. 18 at 9:30 p.m.

WTVP also invites you to experience art in person during our special event with wildlife photographer Jim Miller, Oct. 17 in the WTVP Studio.




For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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