Detroit PTV to lead nationwide dialogue on Arab-Americans, funded by Kellogg Foundation

By Dru Sefton

Detroit Public TV has received a $250,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a national program increasing public understanding of the Arab-American community. The project builds on the station’s 13-part series, Arab-American Stories.

For the initiative, “Arab-American Stories — A National Dialogue,” Detroit PTV will partner with PBS member stations, libraries and community centers to host forums. The station worked with the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C., to identify library systems in the top Arab-American populated communities nationwide, which include Boston, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami.

The station also plans a website and curriculum for middle- and high-school students. The project kicks off in September.

“The Kellogg Foundation’s investment in this program is an investment in cross-cultural understanding throughout the United States,” said Rich Homberg, DPTV president, said in the announcement. “This program is the latest way to fulfill our mission of going beyond television to use the power of media to help solve important issues faced by communities. As the public broadcaster with the largest reach in the region where the largest number of Arab Americans live, we know how to collaborate with experts and lead strategic planning to guide this dialogue.”

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich.

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