SOURCE: Town Hall Los Angeles

TOWN HALL Los Angeles

December 16, 2009 18:52 ET

PBS CEO Paula Kerger Speaks on New Media's Role in Reviving the Classic Arts

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - As part of LA Arts Month, Paula A. Kerger, President and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), will deliver the address "Encore! Encore! Using Media to Revive the Arts," to TOWN HALL Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.

As budget cuts further eliminate arts curricula from California public schools, Kerger's address will offer technology as a way to bring the arts to students. "The core behind all of the programs that we create for kids is that they're all curriculum-based. They're all heavily-researched... they are different than what other programmers try to create because our goal at the end of the day isn't just to entertain kids, ...but it also has to have a curriculum underpinning," said Kerger.

Kerger is president of the PBS Foundation, an independent organization that raises private sector funding for PBS. Kerger joined PBS in March 2006. Among her accomplishments are Ken Burns' and Lynn Novick's "The War," earning PBS its highest ratings in the last 10 years. The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is the nation's largest non-commercial media organization, with 356-member stations.

In its second year, Los Angeles Arts Month returns in celebration of the performing arts. LA Arts Month is a collaboration between arts leaders, private partners, and local arts organizations, including the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The J. Paul Getty Trust, LACMA, LA INC. - The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Los Angeles Art Show, LA Stage Alliance, MOCA, TOWN HALL LA, Angeleno and Art Ltd. magazines.

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When:      Tuesday, January 12, 2010
           12:00 PM Luncheon; 12:30 PM Program with Q&A

Where:     National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
           111 North Central Avenue
           Los Angeles, CA 90012

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