As with all of Wisconsin Public Television’s programs, Latino Americans is an engaging, educational and thought provoking, sharing the stories, lives and history of Latinos in the United States. After premiering last year, the series recently returned to WPT’s The Wisconsin Channel. And, you can watch the whole series online now or on the PBS Channel of your Roku and other digital device.
Now, we are taking the program from the screen and into the community for a great series of discussions and events. WPT is proud to be a community partner with the Verona Public Library’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History program series. The program series was created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association and it is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History runs through Sept. 29, and two of the events are screenings of the film with discussions.
This Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., join us to watch segments of Latino Americans: War and Peace (1942-1954) and then take part in a discussion about the film with other viewers and Jonathan Pollack, Ph. D, history instructor at Madison College.
Next, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 the conversation continues with segments of Latino Americans: The New Latinos (1946-1965) and more discussion.
Wisconsin Public Television’s PBS Kids Get Up and Go! Day takes place one week from today: 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 7! Mark your calendar and join us at this fun-filled, free event that encourages children to live healthy and active lives.
Get Up and Go! Day is held in locations across the state, and each location features music, dancing, favorite PBS Kids characters, hands-on activities and crafts, community organizations and more. Families, day care groups and other childcare organizations are welcome to attend! Continue Reading for information o
Art items created by artists from around the state will be available throughout Auction, May 27-31, including the work of Ann Fischer Athas, the 2015 Auction Commemorative Artist.
Ask Ann Fischer Athas to name her proudest artistic achievement and she won’t boast, even though her creations are remarkable. Instead she’ll cite the fact that she keeps producing. “Just when you think you’ve found something you like to do in printmaking, you find a million more things to explore,” she says.
Fischer Athas consistently turns her concepts into realities by producing one-of-a-kind prints often inspired by nature. Printmaking is a technical, step-intensive art form that has deep roots. Many printmaking techniques date back to the 1600s. The commemorative piece Fischer Athas has donated to Auction, titled “Winter on the Farm, February, 2015,” was created using the intaglio method, which is the exact opposite of a relief print. For this piece, the image was incised into the surface of the plate using acid, and the etched area held the ink prior to transfer.
Like the origins of printmaking, Fischer Athas’ love of printmaking runs deep. She first experimented with printmaking while working on her B.A. at Knox College. After graduating with a degree in art, she worked as a graphic designer in marketing for years, until a move to Wisconsin brought printmaking back into her life.
After relocating, Fischer Athas heard about a printmaking class offered by UW-Extension and decided she wanted to try the medium again. So the then stay-at-home mom hired a babysitter for her daughters and headed back to the studio for the first time in years.
“I thought, ‘do it now or you’re never going to do it,’” she reflects. Looking back, she recognizes that decision as a pivotal moment in her life. She has now been making prints for more than 20 years.
“One of the things that’s interesting about the printmaking tradition is the collaboration between artists and printers,” she explains.
That rapport is showcased by the donated piece, which was created through collaboration between Fischer Athas and Master Printer Andrew Balkin, with Balkin serving as the printer for the edition.
Be sure to join us for this year’s Auction, May 27-31 as we celebrate our 40th year of fantastic fun! Help support Wisconsin Public Television as you bid on an array of goods and services donated by businesses and individuals from around Wisconsin and beyond. For details, visit auction.wpt.org.
Picture-perfect weather, a sizable and enthusiastic crowd, stellar entertainment and some of the best kids activities around helped make this year’s Get Up and Go! Day, which took place on Friday, Aug. 1, one of the most successful to date.
The day started bright and early as the WPT crew, as well as a number of community organizations, headed to the Kohl Center to set up the stage, booths, activities and water (a summer necessity, of course).
This time lapse shows how quickly the front lawn at the Kohl Center went from empty to energetic.
Before we knew it, it was 10 a.m., and Mr. Steve and Miss Rosa kicked off the event with their trademark dynamism. We broadcast the Madison event live on WPT, so those who couldn’t join us at one of our four Wisconsin locations (Appleton, Eau Claire, La Crosse and Madison) could still join in at home.
This year’s Get Up and Go! Day was my first, and I must say, I think I had as much fun as the kids. There’s nothing better than seeing so many smiling faces enjoying the joy of public television on a beautiful summer day. My only regret is not snagging some paper “Clifford ears” for myself.
Here are just a few snapshots from the event. Be sure visit WPT’s YouTube channel to watch archived video from Get Up and Go! Day 2014. Thank you to everyone who joined us at Get Up and Go! Day! Without you, the event wouldn’t have been the same!