Arkansas PBS Engage Blog


2021 “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” Entries Due April 15

Arkansas students in grades K-12 can share enter their films for a chance to have their creativity and talent highlighted on Arkansas PBS and to compete for the Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize! Read on to find out how Arkansas student filmmakers – including homeschool students – can enter, what the prize competitions require and more.

PBS KIDS Autism Awareness Month Specials

April is Autism Awareness Month, and PBS KIDS has several shows to help celebrate! Learn how you can see episodes of “Hero Elementary,” “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Arthur” and “Sesame Street” featuring unique characters on the autism spectrum after the jump.

Meet Arkansas Foundation Board’s New Members

We’re excited to welcome Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch of Arkansas State University, Toni Lindsey of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas, and Ed McClure of Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McClure and Thompson to the Arkansas Foundation Board! Meet these leaders in their fields who are dedicated to the future of public media in Arkansas after the jump.

Following Hemingway: A Journey into Heritage Tourism

Ernest Hemingway was a great adventurer. At the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum you get a sense of his love of travel and hunting. So, why not channel a little Hemingway and get out and explore The Natural State? Learn how Heritage Tourism can help you meet the man behind the myth and take you on more Arkansas adventures with Arkansas Historic Preservation Program Director Scott Kaufman after the jump.

Civil Discourse and Storytelling - 10 Ways to Connect

In this month’s vlog with Clarice and Kwami Abdul-Bey, celebrate Women’s History Month, learn why having all voices represented in the conversation is so important, and find ways to share stories and create conversations through civil discourse.

Ernest Hemingway’s Arkansas Connection

Learn about Ernest Hemingway’s fascinating Arkansas connection ahead of the premiere of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's "Hemingway" documentary! Read on as Arkansas State University Heritage Sites Executive Director Adam Long shares how Hemingway spent time visiting the family of his second wife Pauline in Piggott where he wrote parts of his seminal work “A Farewell to Arms."

Hemingway Boxed Set Giveaway — Facebook Contest

As you count down to the premiere of #HemingwayPBS, treat yourself to some of Ernest Hemingway’s greatest works! We’re making this literary binge cycle even easier to begin with a special giveaway with a collection of Hemingway classics — including “The Sun Also Rises,” “A Farewell to Arms,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Old Man and the Sea.” Learn how you can enter to win a Hemingway Boxed Set in our Facebook contest!

Inspired Streaming With AR PBS Create TV

Whether you’re into cooking, traveling, gardening, sewing or fitness, Arkansas PBS’s Create TV has something for everyone. The channel offers a variety of instructional programs aimed to inspire your “do-it-yourself" attitude. You can now livestream Create TV, so you can watch it anytime, anywhere! Check out our list of shows featured on the channel below to find some that pique your creative spirit.

Resources for Tough Conversations - “So You Want to Talk About Race” Giveaway

New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo and Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch of Arkansas State University have joined us to co-host a digital series that shares how to have a frank, honest discussion about race and explore process behind Oluo’s writing “So You Want to Talk About Race.” Ready to learn more and start your own conversations? Enter our Facebook contest by noon March 18 for a chance to win your own copy of the book.

Ken Burns’ “Hemingway” – Arkansas Connections and Virtual Events

Ernest Hemingway, the iconic literary figure considered one of the greatest American writers and among the first to live and work at the treacherous nexus of art and celebrity, is the subject of a three-part documentary series directed by award-winning filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick coming to Arkansas PBS April 5-7. Read on to learn about his ties to Arkansas and upcoming virtual events you can join to delve deeper into the film!

FREE Digital Workshop – “Promoting Virtual Engagement Through Storytelling With American Portrait”

Arkansas educators, don’t miss two great chances to earn PD credit, learn how to incorporate virtual storytelling into your classroom and be entered to win a classroom webcam and lighting package! Our FREE “Promoting Virutal Engagement Through Storytelling With American Portrait” virtual workshops will be held Tuesday, March 9, at 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 13 at 9 a.m. Read on to learn more about the methods you’ll learn and the prizes you could win.

Sesame Street in Communities Virtual Workshops

At the end of 2020, Arkansas PBS was awarded an early learning grant which established a partnership with Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC). Read on to learn how we’re working together to serve rural Arkansas and making virtual workshops focused on health emergencies, literacy and traumatic experiences available to caregivers and families!

“Good Roots” — Coming to Arkansas PBS April 16

For generations, Arkansans have thrived in rural communities, prospering through agriculture and developing deep traditions. In our new, monthly segment “Good Roots,” come with us to explore rural community life, agribusiness and more — and see how modern advances are evolving these experiences — starting April 16 during “Arkansas Week.”

Open Your Own Dialogue - “So You Want to Talk About Race” Giveaway

In our digital series, New York Times best-selling author Ijeoma Oluo and Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch of Arkansas State University co-host a frank, honest exchange about how to discuss race and the process behind Oluo’s “So You Want to Talk About Race.” Ready to learn more and open your own dialogues? Enter our Facebook contest by noon March 1 for a chance to win your own copy of the book.

“Driving While Black” Vlog With Clarice and Kwami Abdul-Bey

Clarice and Kwami Abdul-Bey – the co-directors of the Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts & Literacy Collective and co-convenors of the Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement – are joining Arkansas PBS as monthly bloggers to share their informed opinions on current events and PBS programs. In their first vlog, hear their reactions to "Driving While Black,” which will re-broadcast tonight, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.

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