A town hall taking place in Studio 6A, with community members in attendance, seated in bleachers. A panelist draws on a large white board on the stage.

What We Do

Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change lives. By creating and distributing award-winning content, Austin PBS highlights to the world what makes Austin unique. As a nonprofit educational organization, Austin PBS also prepares children for success in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Create

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One of the most prolific public media stations in the country, Austin PBS produces more than 130 hours of original content each year. Known worldwide for our long-running music show Austin City Limits, we also produce and nationally distribute Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Overheard with Evan Smith and many other programs as well as work with local filmmakers to help them share and distribute their work. In addition to the traditional television approach, we also provide content in forums where a need for a trusted source exists through our Facebook-first news and public affairs project Decibel and the digital-first local oral history series Austin Revealed.

Educate

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Austin PBS presents high-quality content that improves learning outcomes for Central Texans of all ages with a particular focus on serving parents, caregivers, teachers, and students. Through our work in the community, we provide access to PBS Kids resources to help enrich free time as well as to provide simple digital literacy practices to help guide children’s use of all media. We blend education and entertainment and encourage families to do activities together after turning the TV off. And most importantly Austin PBS provides a safe haven that is non-commercial and that parents can trust.

Engage

Judy Maggio holding a microphone up to an audience member who is speaking, during an ATX Together town hall taping in Studio 6A.

Through all of our work, we bring people together to create meaningful conversations to help build a stronger, more educated and informed community. Each year Austin PBS hosts more than 100 events ranging from community discussions like ATX Together to screenings like Indie Lens Pop Ups and invites people to attend, reflect, discuss and be part of the conversation. We also create content on the issues important to the community and provide a safe place for online discussions. And through projects like American Graduate, Austin PBS partners with other nonprofits to engage the community about specific topics like workforce development and early learning. Visit our Events page for tapings and community engagement.

HIGHLIGHTS

Tue, 11/24

Plan Ahead, Get Ahead, Feel Good!

We all have the ability to help, to spread happiness and kindness.

Mon, 11/23

Holiday Programming 2020

Get merry and bright with family friendly viewing!

Wed, 11/18

“It’s a resource that can’t be beat.”

Julie Hildebrand is a first grade teacher in Austin ISD. She shared how Austin PBS has helped her navigate the pandemic as an educator.