Now that we’ve endured a full year like no other, I invite you to take a quick look back— and then an exciting look forward to coming attractions at WVIA.
2020 was a year of great challenges, but you can be proud of how much WVIA accomplished, from emphasizing educational services for students, families, and teachers during extended school closings to launching an important new multi-platform public affairs series for our region. See the details here in our Community Impact Report 2020.
April at WVIA is JAMmed with special program highlights to educate and entertain. WVIA celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with Miles Davis on American Masters, a new documentary on Charlie Parker, the monumental 10-part Ken Burns film Jazz, and much more See the details here.
Jazz Appreciation Month on WVIA is brought to you by our own Chiaroscuro Jazz, which happens to have an all-new website that now features the entire Chiaroscuro album catalog, artist listings, the Chiaroscuro channel live radio stream, Chiaroscuro blog, history, educational curriculum for the classroom and so much more. Explore one of the world’s richest sources of mainstream jazz music at chiaroscurojazz.org.
American Portrait: The Story of Us puts the spotlight on five remarkable people of diverse backgrounds, all from our region, whose heartwarming stories add depth to the national conversation about “what it means to be an American today.” Watch for TV broadcasts and digital videos throughout the month and screenings with discussions to honor these five neighbors April 17-18.
Also, this month Keystone Edition presents new episodes highlighting funding for business startups, regional jazz musicians, and barriers to healthcare in our area. Call the Doctor addresses autism and domestic violence. WVIA celebrates talented high school students in the 2021 Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition. WVIA also continues to raise awareness with the six other Pennsylvania PBS stations as we premiere Battling Opioids Part 8 at the end of the month and Frontline devotes two nights to an in-depth update on The Virus That Shook the World, April 26-27.
And if that isn’t enough to look forward to, save the date May 2 for WVIA Family Day at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort! Watch for details coming soon.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy spring, and thanks for your support for WVIA!
WVIA President & CEO
WVIA educates, inspires, entertains and fosters citizenship, diverse cultures, and perspectives to nurture community.
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