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New arts show creates 'Buzz'

November 06, 2006

The television show “Buzz,” an Eight/KAET-TV production that comprises television, an interactive Web site ( and uniquely Arizona educational materials that help teachers meet new Arizona arts standards, will premiere at 7 p.m., Nov. 9 on Eight/KAET-TV.

The pilot episode for the hoped-for weekly series features work by three Valley artists:

• Phoenix Symphony violist Mark Dix, who brings chamber music to new audiences in intimate and offbeat venues.

• ASU Dance Department costume designer Galina Mihaleva, who also designs for private clients and ASU Biodesign's nanotechnologists.

• Wellington Reiter, the architect-trained dean of ASU School of Design and creator of provocative, futuristic drawings of Phoenix Sky Harbor that are featured in the ASU Art Museum's “New American Cities” exhibit.

Discussions for the concept showcasing Arizona 's emerging arts scene began more than a year ago, eventually involving more than 20 community organizations. Additional broadcasts of “Buzz” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9, 9 p.m., Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m., Nov. 11, and 2 p.m., Nov. 12.

Beth Vershure, Eight's station manager, stressed the importance of viewers' reactions.

“After the broadcast, we will evaluate ‘Buzz' by looking at TV viewership, traffic on the Web site, teachers' use of the materials and overall community feedback,” Vershure says. “I hope that people will tell us what they think via the ‘Buzz' Web site, e-mailing us at ( or calling us at (480) 965-2308. We believe that the time is right for a weekly art series. If our community agrees and likes our concept, we'll begin the search for series funding.”

“Buzz” was made possible in part by MPAC, the Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture, whose mission is to develop and implement entrepreneural partnerships that advance arts and culture. 

Suan Soto
(480) 965-3506