CETConnects with local arts community

You may not have noticed, but Cincinnati's CETConnect, the only PBS affiliate in the country to offer global arts programming 24 hours a day, has gone hyperlocal.

The station supplies a strong collection of home-grown arts content to TVs and computer screens across the city. A new $75,000 grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation is aimed at helping CET boost its arts programming initiative by increasing local content.

"This is our attempt to really carve out a local service featuring local and regional artists and art," says Jack Dominic, CETConnect station manager.

On July 19, CET will premiere a video piece called "Opera Goes to Church," a special concert that took place at College Hill Presbyterian Church that brought choirs from around the city together. Later this fall, CET staff will film the concert marking the 200th anniversary celebration of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House at The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.  

"A public television station needs to be a new media environment. How much longer will the audience need me to watch national fare? Not much longer," Dominic says.

"The one thing we can bring to the table that no other local institution can is to be able to spotlight to local stuff."

Do Good:

Make a donation. As a public broadcaster, CETConnect relies on donations to produce quality content.

Pick a day and volunteer. The station needs volunteers 365 days a year to do everything from stuffing envelopes to in-depth data analysis.

• Share your ideas. Want to see an arts event in your community on CETConnect? Let the station know. Send tips to Dominic.

By Ryan McClendon

Image courtesy CETConnect

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