South Florida PBS (WPBT & WXEL) will premiere the highly anticipated ninth season of South Florida’s favorite and only locally produced art program, Art Loft on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 at 7:30 PM on WPBT and Thursday, January 21st at 5:30 PM on WXEL. New episodes will premiere weekly on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM on WPBT and Thursdays at 5:30 PM on WXEL.
New to Art Loft this season is our partnership with Commissioner, a membership program where emerging collectors meet artists in their community, learn how to collect, and grow their art collection with works by some of Miami’s most gifted contemporary artists.
“Building a stronger arts community means developing deeper connection with the broader communities where we live. Commissioner creates bridges to the experiences and perspective shifts that artists bring to our lives, taking the time to meet with each other around ideas and artwork that has meaning, joy, and importance beyond aesthetic characteristics or commercial value,” said Dejha Carrington, co-founder of Commissioner. “We hope this new collaboration with PBS will inspire viewers to see themselves as the collaborators and patrons of our local arts ecosystem, and that they are moved to meet artists, collect artwork and actively participate in our creative community.”
The newest season of Art Loft features stories of South Florida museums, incubators of experimental art, guerilla dance performances, digital art in augmented reality, and everything in between. Viewers can follow Jorge Pérez – the namesake of PAMM and seasoned collector – through his warehouse turned experimental art space. They can tour the Museum of Graffiti – the only museum of its kind in the world – where co-founder Alan Ket gives context to the murals of Wynwood and explains the rise of graffiti from a largely illegal activity to an art form celebrated across the globe.
Viewers will also be introduced to artist Mira Lehr who sets her work on fire, illustrating both the beauty and destruction of our planet. They will also meet groups who are dedicating their skills to helping artists get ahead. For example, one group – Zero Empty Spaces – transforms vacant retail buildings into artist studios, creating new incubators of art and revitalizing empty
store fronts. These and many more stories, museums, and artists will be showcased on the new season of Art Loft.
“Our goal is to connect South Florida performance artists, musicians, authors, dreamers and visionaries with local programming that celebrates the creativity and diversity of our community,” stated Dolores Sukhdeo, CEO of South Florida PBS. “We hope this new season of Art Loft will inform and inspire viewers, with profiles of artistic works that portray our history, as well as those that offer a glimpse into the future.”
About Art Loft
Art Loft is a weekly 30-minute art program showcasing local artists, exhibitions, performances, and arts organizations that are positioning South Florida as an emerging leader in the world of art. Art Loft is a collaboration between WPBT2 South Florida PBS, local artists and producers, and other PBS stations around the country.
Art Loft is made possible by the Florida Keys and Key West and the Friends of South Florida PBS.
For more information on Art Loft visit www.artloftsfl.org/
About South Florida PBS: SOUTH FLORIDA PBS is Florida’s largest public media company, including Public Broadcasting stations WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast and WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and the Health Channel, a 24/7 television and multi-platform health and wellness service. SOUTH FLORIDA PBS connects organizations and institutions across our region and preserves South Florida’s history. Leading the way in this global society, SOUTH FLORIDA PBS serves diverse communities from Key West to the Sebastian Inlet and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee. SOUTH FLORIDA PBS is committed to creating and presenting unique arts, education and cultural heritage programming, and tells different local stories across a variety of digital media platforms. Some of our award-winning productions include James Patterson’s Kid Stew, Changing Seas, Art Loft and Your South Florida. For more information, visit www.southfloridapbs.org