Wednesday forum to explore public media arts coverage

By Dru Sefton

The latest in an ongoing series of Public Media Futures forums will spotlight public broadcasting’s work surrounding the arts.

PublicMediaFutures-small-logoThe Feb. 20 roundtable discussion, “The Future of Arts and Culture on Public Media,” will be hosted by the USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy in downtown Washington, D.C. The center is co-sponsoring the forums with American University’s School of Communication, publisher of Current.

Confirmed speakers and participants include Alyce Myatt, director of media arts for the National Endowment for the Arts and a former PBS programming v.p.; Roger LaMay, g.m. of WXPN-FM in Philadelphia; Vincent Curren, CPB c.o.o.; Sue Schardt, executive director of Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and Maxie Jackson, president of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.

Adam Clayton Powell III, senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center, will moderate the discussion.

Among the public media arts projects to be discussed are the Major Market Group’s Arts Initiative, a nationwide content-sharing cooperative lead by New York’s WNET in collaboration with some 30 public TV stations; and Power Poetry, which bills itself as “the world’s first mobile poetry community for youth,” funded in part by CPB and Independent Television Service.

Current will be live-tweeting the event tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern. To pick up the feed, follow @currentpubmedia on Twitter.

Background on the forums here (Current, Jan. 30, 2012).

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