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October 16-22 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week, and it’s estimated that more than 120 million Americans don’t have proper plans in place to protect themselves or their families in the face of an unexpected life or health event. Learn how you can make decisions now that help fulfill your wishes with AETN Foundation’s Karen Cooper and how you can request a free estate planning booklet today.

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Join AETN at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

This year, we’re proud to have both AETN-original and PBS productions selected for screening at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF) and to partner with the nation’s oldest documentary film festival for the Emerging Filmmakers Program! Read on to learn how you can see special screenings of “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street;” “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” pieces; upcoming PBS Feature “Tell Them We Are Rising” from Stanley Nelson; upcoming POV feature “Bill Nye: Science Guy;” and more Oct. 9-14.

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AETN Production: Behind the Scenes With Hunter Sanders

I’m Hunter Sanders, a senior at the University of Central Arkansas, and, if you’re reading this, you must have an interest in the behind the scenes work that goes on at AETN. My hope is that, through this blog series, I can show you what the life of an AETN Production intern looks like, while also giving you a glimpse of how everything is produced before you see it on your screen.

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Bridging the Generational Gap: From Veterans to Youth

How do you connect with people from other generations? I’m Sara Gardner, a senior at Fayetteville High School, and I truly believe that we must promote and nurture patriotic engagement in our country. From firsthand experience, I believe that addressing the interaction between generations is up to young people, and that we can do so by choosing to connect with veterans through volunteering.

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Guest Blog – The AETN Foundation New Member Challenge

I’m Dr. Lynne Rich, AETN Foundation Board chair, and I’m very pleased make an exciting announcement. The Windgate Foundation has committed $100,000 to the AETN Foundation as a challenge to public television viewers: if 7,500 new donors join the AETN family by June 30, 2018, $100,000 will go to support the programs we all love. Read more to find out why I support AETN and how you can get involved.

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Mister Rogers' Sweater Drive

Won't you help a neighbor? This November, join AETN, more than 30 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters and winter clothing for the 2017 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive.

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In association with the broadcast of Ken Burns's "The Vietnam War," AETN is proud to recognize Arkansas Vietnam Veterans by supporting local organizations and hosting a variety of community outreach events.

A Deeper Look

A Deeper Look at Poverty in Arkansas is part of the national initiative "Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America," which aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society and solutions to bring people out of poverty.

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Request a Speaker

Need a speaker for a civic organization or club program?  For your organization's next meeting, consider booking an AETN Speaker.  For more than fifteen years, more than 250 groups around Arkansas that meet during weekdays have used this free-of-charge service.  While speakers are regularly available for noon club meetings, some breakfast or evening programs may be provided to a group if the event site is within a 30-60 minute drive from Conway or if AETN has an available person in that area of the state.  An AETN speaker will be glad to talk to your group at no cost on a variety of relevant and interesting subjects, including:

  • AETN: Helping Kids through TV
  • AETN: Helping Education in Arkansas
  • AETN: Telling Arkansas' Heritage and Culture
  • AETN Productions Update
  • How AETN Works
  • What's New at AETN

To arrange an AETN Speaker for an upcoming club meeting, please contact the AETN Marketing and Outreach Department at marketing@aetn.org.

When making your request, please provide the following information:

  1. Name of Organization or Club
  2. Location of City
  3. Contact Name & Phone Number (or email address)
  4. Date and time of meeting  (several options are requested)
  5. Desired Subject for the AETN Speaker
  6. Desired Length of Speaking Time
  7. Number of people usually attending (average)
  8. Where the meeting is held
  9. Directions to the meeting facility
  10. Any other special needs or requests

Request a Tour

If you are interested in discovering the world of public, educational broadcasting in Arkansas, come take a free tour of AETN in Conway!

Who May tour: Groups of ten (10) individuals or more who are at least in 4th grade (or age 10) or older are welcome.  Tours for individuals are generally not provided. Groups larger than 20 may need to be divided into smaller groups for easier touring.  One (1) parent, teacher, guardian or group leader must be present for every six to seven children.

What is Seen: Learn about this state-owned public, educational television station.  Visit the studios and production control rooms where local programs about Arkansas are created.  View Master Control where all AETN-PBS programs are broadcast throughout the state of Arkansas. See the equipment used to create television.  More technical-oriented tours can be arranged for a high school or college broadcasting class.

Length and focus of tours of AETN, which generally last about between 30 and 60 minutes, depend upon the age level of the group.

Tour Times: Tours are conducted Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tours are given by prior appointment only. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate unscheduled, drop-in requests for tours. Please allow at least two (2) weeks in advance to schedule a tour appointment.

Tours not available on the following observed state holiday:  Martin Luther King-Robert E. Lee Day, Presidents-Daisy Bates Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day (and the day after), and during the Christmas holidays (Christmas Eve Day through New Year's Day).

Where to Go for Tours: Scheduled tour groups will meet at the reception desk at the Visitors Entrance in the north building located at Donaghey Avenue and Powell Street south of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. See our AETN Map for directions to AETN.  Visitor parking is available free-of-charge in a lot across the street from the front entrance of AETN or in the parking lot one block south of AETN.

Additional Information: Tours of AETN are free! Cameras and video cameras are also welcome as are lots of questions. Please make any special needs or interests known when scheduling a tour.  AETN reserves the right to cancel a tour within 24 hours for any unforeseen conflict.

To Schedule a Tour: To arrange a building tour of AETN, contact:

David Elmore
Phone: (501) 682 - 4198
Email: delmore@aetn.org