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EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS HOSTS ART EXHIBIT AT BOOKMANS ENTERTAINMENT EXCHANGE TO UNVEIL FINALISTS IN FIRST-EVER PBS NERD WALK T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST – AUGUST 3 at 12PM

Eight invites public to vote online for their favorite 2014 PBS Nerd Walk t-shirt design

PHOENIX -- (July 11, 2014) Eight, Arizona PBS will celebrate the creative minds of eight finalists in its first-ever PBS Nerd t-shirt art competition at an exhibition at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, (8034 N 19th Ave., Phoenix 85021), Aug. 3 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The original artwork incorporating the iconic PBS Nerd logo designed by the finalists will be revealed to the public during the event, presenting PBS nerds with their first opportunity to vote for their favorite design. The winning design will grace the 2014 PBS Nerd Walk commemorative t-shirts.

“Over the past three years, Eight has been excited to offer three different commemorative PBS Nerd t-shirts to our legion of ‘brainiac’ supporters and fans,” says Bob Beard, Eight’s promotions and events coordinator and ‘Nerd in Chief.’  “Now in its fourth year, we’ve called on the public to create and vote on which design best represents their unique brand of nerddom. I’m super excited to see what everyone comes up with and to collect the whole set!”

During the exhibit and afterward until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 15, fans can select their favorite design on Facebook by “liking” the corresponding image in the 2014 PBS Nerd art competition photo album on the Eight, Arizona PBS Facebook page. Each Facebook “like” counts as a vote. Eight will announce the winning design Sept. 22. Eight will present every registered participant in the fourth annual PBS Nerd Walk on Nov. 1 with a PBS Nerd t-shirt featuring the winning design.

“Bookmans Entertainment Exchange is excited to partner with Eight, Arizona PBS for another fabulous PBS Nerd Walk. We're looking forward to being a part of all aspects, from planning to the big day,” says Katy Spratt, Phoenix community relations manager for Bookmans Entertainment Exchange. “Building community is a goal of Bookmans and we're proud to be working together with PBS to do just that.”

Finalists are determined by a panel of judges representing Eight, Arizona PBS, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and the national PBS office, from the pool of qualified entries submitted by July 15, 2014. Details on the art competition and the 2014 PBS Nerd Walk are available at azpbs.org/nerd.

Support for the Arizona PBS Nerd Walk provided by Bookmans Entertainment Exchange and WONKA® NERDS®.


About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource.  For over 52 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of non-commercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 80 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

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