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Grand Center - A Sign of St. Louis Progress
Commentary by: Nancy Kranzberg
Aired September 07, 2012

Grand Center is continuing to grow and thrive and is known as the center for the arts in our city. It has become not only a center for performing and visual arts and home of arts and educational institutions, but has become a unique hub for public media.

St. Louis Public Radio has recently moved into the University of Missouri St. Louis’ beautiful new building designed by Heather Woofter and Sung Ho Kim, where the University is offering media classes. Located next door to this new building is Channel Nine, now known as the Nine Network of Public Media. The KETC building also houses HEC, the Higher Education Channel, and the Beacon, our excellent online news service. A public media commons between the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio which will be a digital environment is currently in the planning stages. To top it off, KDHX Community Radio will soon move into Grand Center in the Larry Weir Center for Independent Media.

St. Louis is the only place in our country where five public media organizations are truly working side by side and collaborating!

According to the Nine Network Magazine, "This unique juncture of public media, education and the arts has sparked an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration. And the area between the Nine Network and the new St Louis Public Radio building offers an ideal space. Surrounded by arts organizations, educational institutions, performance halls and public media, the space is at the nexus of the Grand Center Community. It is an open common area perfectly suited to shared experiences, creative interactivity and new collaborations. It also affords the opportunity to utilize the digital resources of public media in expansive new ways"

Jack Galmiche, head of the Nine Networks says, "The public media commons promises to be a community gathering space like no other. This will be the only place in the country where arts, education and public media come together in an interactive outdoor space specifically designed to engage people in the cultural life of the community. We envision an energetic space that attracts and engages people of all ages. It will be a powerful expression of how we envision the future of public media."

Tim Eby, Director and General Manager of St. Louis Public Radio, says, "The move of St. Louis Public Radio and UMSL into the Grand Center district is transformational as it will allow us to build on existing partnerships and establish new alliances with many of the great institutions in the District. Plus, the Public Media Commons will become a new destination for visitors to Midtown."

I see and feel a lot of spirit and new life in the Grand Center district between these media institutions and the other arts institutions and schools in the area. At one time each arts institution was an isolated being, but now there is a great sense of the whole being a dynamic sum of the parts. Schools from elementary to the college level are all a part of this incredible and dynamic area of our city.

Grand Center is another reason St. Louisans can take pride in what's going on in our city and how progressive St. Louis really is.

(The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of St. Louis Public Radio.)

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Nancy Kranzberg

Nancy Kranzberg

Arts Aficionado Nancy Kranzberg has been involved in the arts community for some thirty years. She serves on numerous arts affiliated boards, including The St. Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park where she is the Co-Chair, The Sheldon Arts Foundation and the Sheldon Art Gallery Board, Jazz at the Bistro, The Missouri Mansion Preservation Inc., The Mid American Arts Alliance, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Nancy was named Women of Achievement and was awarded the Distinguished Alumnae Award at Washington University Nancy is a docent at the St. Louis Art Museum and is an honorary docent at Laumeier Sculpture Park. At age 60 she became a Jazz singer. She performs with the Second Half which features Chancellor Tom George on the piano.

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