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The California Arts Council Supports PBS SoCal with Arts and Public Media Grant

Monday, June 25, 2018

State Funds Will Support Multiplatform Arts Influencers Profiles to Inspire Interest and Involvement in the Arts

PBS SoCal announced it has received a $14,400 grant from the California Arts Council to produce new multiplatform profiles of Arts Influencers who, through social media, inspire a broad range of individuals to become interested and involved in the arts. The content will be a supplement to PBS SoCal’s weekly arts and culture program LAaRT.

“Southern California is rich with a thriving arts and culture scene that is as diverse as the community itself. The Arts Influencers project will identify and profile artists that will inspire a new generation of arts lovers,” said Andrew Russell, President and CEO of PBS SoCal.  “We are grateful to the California Arts Council for this opportunity to continue to advance our mission, and support continued growth of the arts across our region.”

The California Arts Council grant supports nonprofit media projects that demonstrate a clear approach to building public awareness and support for the arts. The program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s vision to create a state where the arts are a central component of daily life and accessible to all, reflecting contributions from all of California’s diverse populations and fostering civic engagement.

PBS SoCal’s LAaRT offers a unique look at the people and events involved in the Southern California arts and culture scene. Intelligent, diverse and at times surprising, LAaRT gives the viewer an insider’s look into the creative process. The Arts Influencers content will broadcast on PBS SoCal channels and shared across its digital and social media platforms.

PBS SoCal is one of 16 grantees chosen for the Arts and Public Media Program award. The recognition was part of a $16.3 million investment made by the California Arts Council to arts programming statewide.

To view a complete listing of all Arts and Public Media grantees:


About PBS SoCal

PBS SoCal (KOCE) is the flagship PBS station for 18 million diverse people across Southern California.  As a member-supported non-profit organization, our mission is to deliver content and experiences that inspire, inform and entertain – over the air, online, in the community and in the classroom. PBS SoCal provides compelling locally produced content, and beloved PBS programs including MASTERPIECE, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Independent Lens, a broad library of documentary films including works from Ken Burns, and educational PBS KIDS programs including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Curious George. Our programs are accessible for free through four broadcast channels, and available for streaming at, on the PBS mobile apps, and via connected TV services Android TV, Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. Through PBS SoCal LIVE, we provide in-person arts, culture and civic engagement experiences.  And we support our youngest Southern Californians with essential early childhood education content and services.  Connect with us at, and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. PBS SoCal recently announced plans to merge with KCETLink Media Group, pending regulatory approvals.


About California Arts Council

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at

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