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

Posted on May 12, 2021

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi— Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) has been approved for a $ 20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support Season 11 of Pacific Heartbeat and Season 4 of Pacific Pulse. These series will provide an authentic glimpse into the Pacific Islander experience with creative and beautifully told stories about arts, culture and intimate human stories intended to encourage a more informed, equitable and inclusive society. PIC’s projects are among more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2021 funding.


“As the country and the arts sector begin to imagine returning to a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to announce funding that will help arts organizations such as Pacific Islanders in Communications reengage fully with partners and audiences,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Although the arts have sustained many during the pandemic, the chance to gather with one another and share arts experiences is its own necessity and pleasure.”


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


Pacific Heartbeat is produced by Pacific Islanders in Communications and presented in partnership with PBS Hawaiʻi, distributed by Boston-based American Public Television (APT) and broadcast nationally on the WORLD Channel (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 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 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA):

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America

Visit: arts.gov


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.

Follow us on social media: Twitter: @PICpacific | facebook.com/piccom | Instagram: @picpacific


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


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.


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


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