MSU Broad Museum Art Series Airs on WKAR

Apr 2, 2021

Series of video shorts reveals the stories behind art pieces on display at the Broad Art Museum on the campus of Michigan State University.

At the MSU Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Mich., artists share important stories about their world. "Art Stories” is a new series of video shorts that encourages us to explore those stories by looking closely at works of art on view in the museum.

“Art Stories” began airing on WKAR television earlier this month. Episodes can be seen between regular programming on the public broadcasting station from Michigan State University.

“It’s part of our mission at the MSU Broad Art Museum to make the arts accessible to our wide and diverse communities,” said Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, director of the museum. “We are delighted that this video collection can help families see how the arts are integrated into every aspect of our lives.”

The collection of videos is produced and hosted by Michelle Word, director of education at the museum.

“Making and viewing art can help us feel more connected to one another—it’s a way to learn about ourselves and about others,” said Word. “We hope that these video shorts demonstrate how discussing artwork can help youth understand that diverse voices matter, and each person has their own ideas and experiences to share. We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with WKAR on this collection.”

WKAR provided production consulting services as part of a partnership between MSU Broad Art Museum and the WKAR Family initiative.

In alignment with WKAR Family’s commitment to providing resources that support every child’s potential, “Art Stories” were designed as an extension of the MSU Broad Art Museum’s youth programming efforts. Children and families at the museum are encouraged to explore how artists around the world communicate about their lived experiences through their work—and this exploration can help us have meaningful conversations across difference at any age.

Featured stories in the series include “Whale Bells,” by Jenny Kendler; “Generosity II,” by Beatriz Cortex; and “It spills / Ziigibiise,” by Dylan Miner.

In addition to the broadcasts on WKAR, the “Art Stories” collection of videos can be viewed in the PBS Video App, online at video.wkar.org, and on the MSU Broad Art Museum YouTube channel.