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KERA, Looking to "Touch Lives," Launches Arts and Culture Blog

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Alan Melson of KERA-FM (90.1), home of 12 hours of locally produced programming per week, sends word they've got a new Arts + Culture blog. It's funded in large part by board member Donna Wilhelm, whose $500,000 donation in February jump-started the so-called Arts Alive! project. Anyway, for those so inclined, here's what the public radio station promises:

"The blog will feature a stable of staff contributors including KERA director of special projects Yolette García, Deep in the Arts host Gini Mascorro and Think senior producer and Anything You Ever Wanted To Know host Jeff Whittington. Additionally, regular contributors from outside KERA will include noted critic and current Arts Journal book contributor Jerome Weeks.

The Arts+Culture Blog is part of a larger KERA initiative to cover the arts, including a comprehensive arts Web portal that will launch in 2008. The goal is to help artistic endeavors reach new audiences and touch lives, because a greater understanding of the arts enriches the human experience."

Now, where's our $500,000 donation? Because we too are looking to touch ... um ... lives, yeah, that's it. Lives. --Robert Wilonsky

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