This Week's Broadcasts
Kea Tawana and her ark
Photo: Ted Degener
On your PBS stations this week, the premiere of PCK Media's documentary Kea's Ark.

Kea’s Ark tells the story of Kea Tawana, a self-taught engineer and artist who built a 3-story ark in Newark’s Central Ward in the mid-1980s. Kea designed and built the massive boat by herself, using materials salvaged from the 19th century buildings being torn down in an area fast becoming an urban wasteland. She worked on it for years before newly-elected mayor Sharpe James took note and demanded it gone. It no longer exists, but Kea’s Ark remains a powerful symbol of hope in Newark and beyond.

Read more on our blog.

Sat, 2/20 @ 7:30 pm
Wed, 2/24 @ 8:30 pm
Thurs, 2/25 @ 11:30 pm

Sun, 2/21 @ 11:30 am

Mon, 2/22 @ 10:30 am & 3:30 pm
Wed, 2/24 @ 10 am & 3 pm
Black History Month
Photo: Erik James Montgomery
This month, we're highlighting Black artists and musicians.
Photographer Erik James Montgomery has a studio in a former fire station in the downtown area of what’s often called America’s most dangerous city, Camden, NJ. In addition to having a successful commercial and fine arts photography business, Montgomery has mentored at-risk youth for 30 years. He says it’s the thing that saved him from his own self-destructive path.
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Erik James Montgomery's EJM Foundation is holding a Quarantined Teens Photography Exhibit, accepting images captured by NJ teens during the pandemic. Submissions are open until Feb 28!

Our related storyErik James Montgomery
Master basket weaver Mary May is hosting a creel weaving workshop the week of Feb 22 via Zoom. Space is limited and registration closes today. 

Our related storyMary May and Joan Brooks
Stockton University Art Gallery has a new exhibition, The Question the Answer Hides: Casey Ruble and Wendel White, up through April 1 with a virtual artist conversation Feb 18 at 2:30 pm. Pictured: Bisbee, AZ (1919) by Wendel White

Our related blog post: "An Interview with Wendel White"
What to Watch
As we all continue to support our favorite artists and venues in these changing times, we'll be sharing some great stories for you to enjoy from home.
Jersey City artist Tyler Ballon creates large realistic paintings focused on interpreting Biblical themes with images grounded in African American life today. We visit his studio, and meet one of his mentors, artist Amy Sherald.

Our story: Tyler Ballon
2018 MacArthur “Genius” Award-winner, John Keene is the author of Counternarratives, a series of wide-ranging stories based in the African diaspora following the introduction of the slave trade to the Americas. In addition to his other works, Keene is known for his translation of poetry and other literary works from the diaspora.

Our story: John Keene, Writer
“Dream Journey” is a half-hour special conceived for television by the choreographer and performer Yass Hakoshima, known for his original approach to the art of mime. Yass began his career as a dancer with Yokoyama Ballet in Japan, later studying modern dance with Erick Hawkins and mime with Etienne Decroux. In 1976, he established the Yass Hakoshima Mime Theatre, touring the world for decades.

Our special: Dream Journey
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