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'Bay Area People' focused through students' lenses

February 25, 2004

Footage from "Art on Wheels" shows art objects made by children as part of the Art Bus programWake up early on Saturday and get a look at art made from trash, Mission District murals, an art studio on a bus, and resources for entrepreneurs -- seen through the eyes of students in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department.

KTVU-TV, Channel 2, will air four student-produced and edited feature stories on its "Bay Area People" program at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. BECA alumnus Frank Somerville will narrate the pieces from scripts written by the students.

The four stories are:

  • "Another Man's Treasure," produced by graduate student Jennifer Vaughn, features the artist-in-residence program at San Francisco Recycling and Disposal, where selected artists transform other people's refuse and garbage into community art.
  • "The Age of the Renaissance," produced by graduate student Elena Cruz, focuses on the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, a nonprofit that helps economically and socially diverse entrepreneurs in the Bay Area start and build their businesses.
  • "Art on Wheels," produced by senior Petra Denkert, showcases an art studio housed on a bus that travels to inner-city neighborhoods in San Francisco and teaches art to children.
  • "Painting the Town," produced by graduate student Barbara Grandvoinet, looks at Precita Eyes, a Mission District-based mural organization whose work reflects the cultural heritage of the community.

Image from the "Art of the Renaissance" story, showing mannequins from Judy Henderson's mannequin rental businessThis marks the 10th consecutive year in which KTVU has aired stories by BECA students.

"It's been a great experience working with KTVU to produce these community affairs stories for the past 10 years," said Professor Ron Compesi, who coordinates the project. "Each year we challenge my students to produce better, more interesting stories than the previous year, and each year they rise to the challenge. I never cease to be amazed by the inquisitiveness, creativity and hard work of our BECA students."

The largest and most influential program of its kind in the West, the BECA Department has graduated some of the top names in broadcast journalism, entertainment television and new media, including Bay Area news anchors Somerville and Ken Bastida, "Frasier" producer Peter Casey and Bay Area broadcast legend Dave McElhatton.

-- Matt Itelson


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