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Welcome to AETN Engage

Posted on 03 Jun 2009

Hello all... and welcome to AETN Engage, a spot on the web that we hope will help us get better connected with the amazingly diverse communities and AETN fans across Arkansas. We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about AETN's programs, services and special events but more importantly, that you'll share with us your ideas, comments, concerns and questions about anything we're doing here at your public television network. 

I'm Dan Koops, an outreach producer and 22-year veteran here at AETN, a job that is always challenging and at times extremely rewarding. And although we all wear lots of hats here, one of my main responsibilities is to develop and work with community partners and AETN/PBS content producers to extend the reach and scope of the our broadcast offerings well past the air dates. This is done in a variety of ways; including workshops, town hall meetings, leadership summits, exhibits, program screenings and a variety of "new media" techniques like this AETN Engage web site. Working with willing community partners never fails to be the best way to reach out and engage so many of Arkansas's communities. 

We invite you to visit this site often. Parents and kids will learn more about all the "goings on" on PBS Kids. History, nature and science buffs already know public television is their best source for cutting edge documentaries. Our arts and culture programming and special events are excellent. There's always something new relating to health care, education and public affairs on our programming schedule and special outreach events. 

Most of all, please know how important it is to us that you feel free to contribute your comments and content as often as possible. We can't do it all alone, and your input will undoubtedly make these efforts more rich, exciting and complete.


Arkansas and the American Dream
We’re all familiar with the American Dream — the idea that anyone in the United States can climb the economic ladder of opportunity — but is it still achievable? AETN continues to address poverty in the state with “A Deeper Look: The American Dream in Arkansas” and to survey the national landscape with “Dream On.” Learn more about these projects and a special night of programming after the jump.


Volunteers Like You
You can have fun, help others and support causes and organizations by sharing a bit of your spare time and volunteering! Learn how you (or your group) can help others — and yourself — by working with AETN Foundation.


Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags.


“Back Road Barns” - Viewer Photos
Coming to AETN on Thursday, Aug. 25, “Back Road Barns” travels through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip to classic barns that have long been a part of our culture. See a preview of what you have to look forward to by scrolling through viewer photo submissions for a special segment of the AETN original film.


Save the Date for AETN Family Day
Travel back in time to the 1960s when AETN first came on the airwaves at Family Day 2016: Peace, Love and AETN! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary with screenings of episodes of classic programs from the AETN Video Vault, opportunities to meet your favorite PBS KIDS characters and sneak peeks of what to expect next on Saturday, Sept. 24.