Nine Network breaks ground on Public Media Commons project

By Ben Mook

Conceptual rendering of the Public Media Commons, courtesy of the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis.

The Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis kicked off a yearlong construction project on Tuesday to build the Public Media Commons, an interactive “urban space” in the city’s midtown district.

Designed to be a “powerful expression” of the future of public media, the Public Media Commons is a pedestrian-friendly and interactive space that will give visitors the opportunity to view content on wall-size screens as well as curating content via interactive and touch displays. The community space will also have concert space and public art including a digital “tree.”

The Nine Network’s partners include the University of Missouri-St. Louis and St. Louis Public Radio, whose recently completed new building is adjacent to the Public Media Commons.

“This partnership has been a great example of organizations working together to achieve something that we could not have achieved alone,” said Jack Galmiche, president of Nine Network in St. Louis, Tuesday during a televised speech on KSDK-TV.

The project, which will cost a reported $5.2 million, is privately financed. Financing was provided by: Emerson, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Edward Jones, Interco Charitable Trust, The Trio Foundation of St. Louis, and the Richard A. Baker Foundation.

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