With spring upon us, I'm happy to tell you that WHYY-TV has raised the bar on its arts, culture and entertainment programming — long robust with the time-tested On Canvas and On Stage at Curtis productions — with the series premiere of Friday Arts in April. Broadcast at 8:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month, Friday Arts spotlights the region's best-kept secrets in its five segments: "Art," "Art of Life," "Art of Food," "Creative Campus" and "Experience." Be sure to visit the Friday Arts Web page for additional content — and if you miss an episode, you can watch it online using WHYY's video player.
Friday Arts is the perfect companion to another WHYY-produced television program, On Canvas. The Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award Winner is a weekly performing arts series that explores Greater Philadelphia's rich, diverse arts and culture scene. Episodes this third season have spotlighted the talents of such diverse artists such as Hoots and Hellmouth, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Vienna Teng and Time for Three. Tune in to WHYY-TV to catch the action at 8 p.m. Wednesdays or watch online.
Also be sure tune in to On Stage at Curtis to catch tomorrow's bright stars in recital on the stage of Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. New episodes of the program's fourth season are broadcast at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and rebroadcast at 9 p.m. Fridays and 7 p.m. Sundays — all on WHYY's Y Arts channel.
Looking ahead, there's some more exciting news to report: Come the fall, The Learning Lab at WHYY will be a place where you and your family and friends can utilize cutting-edge digital technology to become great storytellers. The newly opened facility will also be used to house live radio broadcasts, film screenings, speaking engagements and other events.
This spring semester, 30 high school and Learning Lab students are learning to develop the skills necessary to produce short videos through the Afterschool program. We at WHYY are also thrilled to welcome dozens more high school students during a pair of two-week Young Journalists Summer Camp sessions.
WHYY will host many exciting events this spring — from film screenings and speaking engagements to Y Kids Club programs. Be sure to check our Member Experience page for details. And if you don't get it already, I welcome you to sign up to receive In the Loop, our free weekly e-newsletter, which features TV, FM and Web highlights, event information and 2-for-1 deals exclusive to WHYY members.
WHYY will continue to work diligently to remain your most trusted local public media provider and be the go-to place for news when you need it, entertainment when you want it and a safe haven in which children can learn.
As always, your contributions are invested in programming and services that enrich the lives of all of us in the Delaware Valley. Thank you for your continued support of the region's leading public media provider.
William J. Marrazzo
President and Chief Executive Officer