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PIC to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Posted on August 05, 2020

Honolulu, Hawai‘i—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) for its tenth season of Pacific Heartbeat, a national public television series. This is one of 1015 grants nationwide that the agency has approved in this category.


“These awards demonstrate the resilience of the arts in America, showcasing not only the creativity of their arts projects but the organizations’ agility in the face of a national health crisis,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We celebrate organizations like Pacific Islanders in Communications for providing opportunities for learning and engagement through the arts in these times.” 


“PIC is honored to receive another grant from the National Endowment for the Arts of our series, Pacific Heartbeat.  The NEA supports media arts of the highest artistic excellence and we’re humbled to be among the 1015 recipients of an NEA grant this year.” – Executive Director, Leanne K. Ferrer


Pacific Heartbeat is a national public television series of critically acclaimed documentaries that provides an authentic glimpse into the real Pacific—its people, cultures, languages, music, and contemporary issues. From revealing exposés to rousing musical performances, the series features a diverse array of programs that will draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.


Pacific Heartbeat is presented through a partnership between Pacific Islanders in Communications and PBS Hawaiʻi, and is distributed by Boston-based American Public Television (APT) and broadcast nationally on WORLD Channel (distributed by APT in partnership with WGBH & WNET), in addition to hundreds of scheduled broadcasts on local PBS stations.


Films are selected each year from among numerous submissions, including projects funded by PIC with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.


About Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

Established in 1991, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is the only national public media organization that supports media content and its makers to work together to promote a deeper understanding of Pacific Islander history, culture and contemporary issues that define our communities.

PIC addresses the need for media content that reflects America’s growing ethnic and cultural diversity by funding independently produced media, and by providing hundreds of hours of innovative media by and about Pacific Islanders to American public television including its flagship series Pacific Heartbeat. For more information about Pacific Islanders in Communications and Pacific Heartbeat, visit www.piccom.org and follow us on social media: Twitter: @PICpacific | facebook.com/piccom | Instagram: @picpacific


About American Public Television (APT):

American Public Television (APT) is the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. APT distributes one-fourth of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. Founded in 1961, among its 250 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentary anthology series such as Pacific Heartbeat and AfroPop, performance, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series, and classic movies -- many of which are considered some of the most popular on public television. For the complete catalog,

visit APTonline.org.


About WORLD Channel:

WORLD Channel tells stories that humanize complex issues. WORLD shares the best of public media in news, documentaries, and fact-based informational programming that helps us understand conflicts, movements and cultures that may be distinct from our own. WORLD's Emmy® Award-winning original content offers a national platform to makers examining issues too often ignored by mainstream media.

These emerging and master filmmakers spotlight a diversity of voices, telling stories not heard elsewhere. Carried by 165 partner stations in markets representing almost 67% of US TV households, WORLD can also be experienced via WORLDChannel.org and social media platforms.


About PBS Hawaiʻi:

PBS Hawaii is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Hawaii’s sole member of the trusted PBS system. They advance learning and discovery through storytelling that profoundly touches people’s lives. They bring the world to Hawaii and Hawaii to the world.

PBSHawaii.org | facebook.com/pbshawaii | @pbshawaii


For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.


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