Today, more than ever, Arkansas PBS is providing daily and essential services to Arkansas students, teachers and families during an unprecedented time.
Arkansas PBS, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), is working to keep students learning from home with Arkansas AMI (Alternative Methods of Instruction.)
Arkansas PBS premiered a new, four-episode, pre-K-2 children’s program, “Blueberry’s Clubhouse,” featuring Blueberry, a curious puppet guide to engaging and insightful activities for students out of school for the summer months.
Initially created as part of the “Arkansas AMI” daily broadcasts while students were out of school due to COVID-19, Blueberry evolved into a stand-alone program designed to provide a safe, at-home summer camp experience, focusing on social and emotional issues to help families cope with life during a pandemic.
Arkansas PBS, ArkansasIDEAS, and the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education partnered for Red Ribbon Week to provide resources, a series of public service announcements and a special episode of “Arkansas Week,” as well as promote a statewide screening established by the Arkansas Drug Director, Little Rock FBI office, DESE and the Arkansas Department of Health to help fight the opioid crisis.
This year’s Red Ribbon Week theme – “Be happy. Be brave. Be drug free.” – helped to amplify the campaign’s mission to encourage children, families and communities to live healthy, happy and drug-free lives.
In conjunction with the local initiative "Arkansas PBS Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans" and the premiere of Ken Burns's "The Vietnam War," Arkansas PBS encouraged the public to help collect missing photos of the Arkansans killed in action in the Vietnam War for The Wall of Faces, a project of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Learn More
Arkansas PBS addressd poverty in the state with round two of WNET’s Chasing the Dream grant series with the locally produced program "A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas" in conjunction with "Dream On." The grant included a local production (focus on the Delta region–Blytheville and Pine Bluff), heavy promotion and a screening event and community discussion in Blytheville. Learn More
Men and Women of Distinction: Korto Momolu
A special reception, screening, dance performance and fashion show with Korto Momolu was held at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock to complement the episode of "Men & Women of Distinction" that tells the story of fashion designer Korto Momolu. A little girl forced from her African home by a violent coup, Momolu held firm to her dreams and rose to the top of high fashion. She first burst onto the scene on the reality series "Project Runway" and never looked back. Learn More
"Back Road Barns"
Marketing carried out promotions and a social media campaign driving viewer engagement by requesting photo submissions of Arkansas barns. More than 6,000 people engaged in the Facebook photo gallery alone. A webpage (aetn.org/backroadbarns) was built promoting the tune-in, shared the viewer submitted photo gallery, encouraged people to support Arkansas PBS, shared how to get the DVD and hosted the trailer. We live streamed the 90-minute pledge special for those living outside of the Arkansas PBS viewing area
Election 2016: The Debates
Arkansas PBS taped and aired five debates including the U.S. Senate race. "Election 2016: Ballot Initiatives” was also produced. C-SPAN picked up the U.S. Senate debate. An informational webpage to help viewers with race information was created at aetn.org/election.“ Learn More
"Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase"
The Student Selects program works with students and teachers throughout the school year, culminating with a student film competition, scholarship awards, broadcast, workshops and film festival screenings. A special screening and award ceremony presented by Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program was held at Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. The event featured a selection of the best K-12 student films entered in the Arkansas PBS Student Selects program. Among highlighted pieces were the Thea Foundation scholarship-winning films and Historic Places Film Prize-winning films. View Photos
Arkansas PBS Day at the Travelers
Arkansas PBS and the Arkansas Travelers Baseball Club partnered for Arkansas PBS Night at Dickey Stephens Park. Chuck Dovish threw out the first pitch, and the "SuperWhy" characters were kept busy all evening taking photos with fans. The Arkansas PBS booth distributed 50th anniversary and educational items while the staff enjoyed the game wearing their 50th T-shirt.View Photos
Museum of Discovery Arkansas PBS Day
Arkansas PBS’s annual event at the Museum of Discovery for spring break was held March 20 and 21. PBS KIDS characters featured at the event were Daniel Tiger and Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat. The event included educational resources, arts and crafts projects, and the opportunity to take photos with PBS KIDS characters. View Photos
Arkansas PBS partnered with the Mid-America Science Museum for the 5th annual "TinkerFest" to share STEM resources and activities from "Bob the Builder." View Photos
Arkansas PBS - PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest
The 2017 Arkansas PBS PBS KIDS Writers Contest included 150 entries and 12 winners. Each Arkansas entrant received a participation certificate, and 12 winners three from each grade - received an Arkansas PBS prize pack. In addition, first place winners received a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad. Learn More
Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl
Arkansas PBS supported Quiz Bowl with a live broadcast of the seven final rounds of the statewide scholastic competition featuring regional winners. More than 1,000 students participated. View Photos
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Coding Kits
With a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, Arkansas PBS assembled 10 PBS KIDS ScratchJr Coding Kits for STEM centers throughout the state. The kits included: coding curriculum, flash cards, games, printable certificates, PBS KIDS Playtime Pads, storyboard magnet sets, quick start guide, Wonder Workshop Wonder Packs with Dot and Dash creative robots, Learning Resources Code and Go Robot Mouse Activity Set.
Early Childhood Education
Arkansas PBS provided more than 20,000 pieces of summer adventure activity books to libraries, families and early childhood educators in the state. Arkansas PBS shared hundreds of other Ready to Learn resources to early educators, community partners and families. Clifford the Big Red Dog costume made appearances at several Arkansas libraries as part of community summer reading programs. Additional information about Arkansas PBS Early education activities is available at aetn.org/kids and aetn.org/parents
Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Arkansas PBS was a partner in the Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, developing, purchasing, packing and distributing 5,800 co-branded resource packets for parents and caregivers of birth to Pre-K children in low income Little Rock schools and Eudora (pilot cities). The materials included specific items for age and language (Spanish/English): bib, placemat, magnet, reusable bag, postcard about local resources and how to sign up for Ready Rosie, etc., milestones handout, literacy tips, and an age/language appropriate book. We also created and aired a PSA about the campaign. We helped to develop and place 10 billboard and eight bus advertisements in key Little Rock zip codes.
Arkansas PBS and more than 30 libraries across the state partner to sponsor the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. Roughly 5,000 sweaters and clothing items are donated for local charities and the Arkansas Salvation Army
"Black America Since MLK" Screenings
Arkansas PBS partnered with the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the University of Central Arkansas Office of Institutional Diversity to host a free advance screenings of "Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise."
Marketing was awarded a grant to carry out screenings and other community events to promote the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival and, in particular, "Hamilton’s America." Screenings were held at Pulaski Technical College (Oct. 2) and Hendrix University (Oct. 9).
“American Experience: Command and Control” Screenings
Marketing promoted tune in and screening events around "American Experience: Command and Control." Three screenings were held around the state at the Hot Springs Film Festival, the South Side Bee Branch Auditorium and at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
Arkansas PBS Day at the Mid-America Science Museum
Arkansas PBS partnered with the Mid-America Science Museum for an Arkansas PBS & PBS KIDS Day Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Arkansas PBS hosts Family Day – a free public event to encourage community spirit through family-friendly fun and entertainment, educational activities and community service drives. Arkansas PBS celebrated 50 years of public media in Arkansas and marked the occasion with the theme 'Peace, Love & Arkansas PBS,' traveling back in time to the 1960s when Arkansas PBS first went on the air. View Photos
Pedro E. Guerrero Workshop
On Saturday, Oct 3, 2015, Arkansas PBS outreach staffers, architectural photographers, North Little Rock Middle School ESL educators and students convened at the newly refurbished North Little Rock History Commission for an all-day workshop funded by a grant from WNET, New York City's Public Television affiliate. The focus of this initiative was based on the PBS documentary American Masters-"Pedro Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey."
Jackie Robinson Day at the Lamar Porter Sports Complex
Arkansas PBS partnered with Little Rock's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program on opening day of the newly renovated Lamar Porter Sports Complex to celebrate the life and times of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who in 1947 lifted a nation and an entire race on his shoulders when he crossed baseball's color line. This event coincided with the release of the Ken Burns film "Jackie Robinson." This free public event invited visitors to donate new and used baseball equipment for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arkansas. View Photos
Earth: A New Wild
Arkansas PBS held screenings of "EARTH A New Wild," a landmark series revealing the extraordinary way humans are intimately connected to the wild animals and wild places of this planet. Host Dr. M. Sanjayan, of "EARTH A New Wild" and leading conservation scientist, joined Arkansas PBS, The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas and the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock for a free preview screening and panel discussion. Additional panelists included Scott Simon, director of The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas and Kevin Delaney of the Museum of Discovery moderates.