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MAY 24 AT 7:30 PM

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Eight has long been an advocate and champion for Arizona’s distinctive arts community. Arizona Artbeat, the ongoing series and companion Web site, further strengthens that commitment. The 30-minute special profiles the individuals and organizations that are shaping the state’s vibrant cultural scene with honest and provocative interviews with the artists themselves. Online visitors can tap into creative communities both locally and nationally, and gain access to a growing compilation of videos produced by Eight and the city of Phoenix.

The latest edition of ArtBeat airs Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. on Eight

    • Jesse Monongye
      The fine art jewelry of Navajo/Hopi jeweler Jesse Monongye.
    • Ear Candy Charity
      When schools are short on funding, arts education is often the first to get cut, but Ear Candy Charity is doing what it can to ensure that Arizona’s youth have access to a music education.  Nate Anderson discusses the work of this Phoenix non-profit he founded and how it is making a difference.
    • Free Arts of Arizona
      A nonprofit organization that uses art to help abused, neglected and homeless children.
The companion Web site at includes all Eight video, as well as:
PBS Arts, an online exhibition celebrating the works of artists, writers, and musicians from across the country.
Arizona Artforms, produced in 1989 and 1990, Eight’s own video portraits series follows artists through the entire creative process. The project includes detailed lesson plans for the classroom.
Inside Creative Minds (ICM), the 30-minute TV show from the city of Phoenix connects viewers to the state’s growing and spirited culture.
Finally, Cool in Your Zip’s John Davronja Dossie and Tray Goodman track down fascinating art projects throughout the city of Phoenix.

Visitors to the Web site are encouraged to submit topic ideas for future editions of Arizona ArtBeat.

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.