AETN Engage Blog

Free Screening of “Back Road Barns”

On Friday, June 22, at 6:30 p.m., travel through rural Arkansas on a visual road trip with a free screening of AETN original documentary “Back Road Barns” at Morrilton’s Rialto Theater. After exploring the classic barns that have long been a part of Arkansas’s culture, reflecting on what it means to be a farmer and what a family farm is all about in the documentary, “Back Road Barns” producer Kevin Clark will join the Rialto Community Arts Center for a Q&A session.

Father’s Day Inspiration – “The Great American Read”

Looking for a thoughtful Father’s Day gift? With “The Great American Read” as inspiration, we’ve narrowed down the search for you and chose some terrific books for you to give to the special men in your life!

Celebrate Juneteenth – Free Screenings at MTCC

Celebrate freedom at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Museum (MTCC) Juneteenth festival with free screenings of “Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies” and AETN-original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Saturday, June 16. The annual celebration will also feature live performances, activities, living history presentations and more in downtown Little Rock, Saturday, June 16 from noon to 6 p.m.

Tinkerfest 2018

Super Readers, unite! Save your Saturday and get ready to meet and take photos with Super Why! at the Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs on June 16. At Tinkerfest 2018, young scientists will having amazing opportunities to make STEAM discoveries using creative methods.

Preview “Native America” at 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium

Join us to celebrate the creative visions of contemporary Native America at the 2018 Native American Cultural Symposium in Bentonville. On June 14, AETN will share a sneak peek of the new PBS series “Native America” prior to the free screening of upcoming “Independent Lens” film “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” at 8 p.m. in the Skyspace at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Chuck’s Blog – “Exploring Arkansas: June 2018”

Exploring life-size sandstone castles, playing with the ultimate model train set, spending time with the “Fiddleman” in Bentonville and hiking to Big Creek Cave Falls – it’s all coming up in a brand new episode of “Exploring Arkansas,” Wednesday, June 6.

“Reel South: Season 4” – Call for Entries

Continuing the rich, cherished tradition of Southern storytelling,  “Reel South” reveals our proud but complicated heritage through authentic documentary films. Do you know an independent filmmaker who has created an artfully made documentary focusing on the people, issues and culture of the American South? Encourage them to submit their entry to “Reel South” by July 18 for a chance to be broadcast nationally and more.

ArkansasIDEAS - “The Science of Reading”

How do our brains best tackle learning to read? A new, 18-hour learning path from ArkansasIDEAS — created in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education and R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) — is launching to help the state’s educators explore just that! Created in response to the Right to Read Act, “The Science of Reading” connects principles from neuroscience about how the brain learns to read with instructional classroom practices. Keep reading to learn more about the series of courses and find out how these practices can help strengthen reading education.

Student Selects — 2018 Winners Announced

With entries from talented young filmmakers from across the state, choosing a select few for recognition, screening, Arkansas Historic Place Film Prizes and Thea Foundation Filmmaking Scholarships is no simple task. After a great deal of viewing impressive films and much deliberation, we’re proud to share a list of the 2018 winners, who were recognized earlier this month at the Student Selects Young Filmmakers Showcase.

Congratulations, 2018 AETN PBS Writers Contest Winners

With more than 300 entries and evaluating the inventive tales for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re excited to congratulate our twelve 2018 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! Learn more and find links to read their stories after the jump.

Moving the Needle on Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas

AETN is proud to be part of a network of more than 30 organizations from around the state - representing parents, educators, early childhood education, state agencies and foundations - in partnership with the Arkansas Grade-Level Reading Campaign. Together, we're working collectively to move the needle on third grade reading. Read the campaign's latest report "Moving the Needle on Grade-Level Reading in Arkansas: Impact, Influence and Leverage" to see the progress the state has made and learn about plans for the future.

Sharing “Little Women” in Arkansas

Louisa May Alcott’s quote, “Some books are so familiar, reading them is like being home again,” really struck a chord with me and everyone who came to screenings of Masterpiece’s “Little Women” in Ft. Smith and Little Rock this past month. I’m Dan Koops, part of AETN’s Community Engagement team, and I’ve very much enjoyed being a part of bringing this classic story “back home again.” Read on to learn more about how we’ve been doing that over the past month!

Books in Bloom — “The Great American Read”

As we count down to the premiere of “The Great American Read,” we’re excited to continue the celebration of reading in Arkansas at the Books in Bloom Literary Festival in Eureka Springs Sunday, May 20, from noon to 5 p.m.! Join us at this exciting, free event to see a variety of authors (including Deborah Crombie, Marcus Sakey, Lisa See and more), presentations, booksellers and signings. Stop by to see us and grab your copy of the 100 book list at the Berryville Public Library booth.

Royal Wedding Watch

Go behind the headlines of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and the U.S.’s own Meghan Markle before the happy event! In the evenings, starting May 14, join Meredith Viera and U.K. host Matt Baker to explore the history, ceremony and traditions shaping the nuptials. Then, tune in for live coverage of the wedding Saturday, May 19, from 3-7:30 a.m. 

AETN Foundation New Member Challenge Update

You've come together to help, and look how close we are! Time is running short. We have to add 7,500 new members by June 30, 2018, to receive $100,000 from the Windgate Foundation for programs. If you want to help us meet the challenge, there's still time! Join, or give a gift membership, today!

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