Colorado Springs Conservatory created a new kids show, “Simple Gift Series,” that airs on Rocky Mountain PBS and also can be watched online at pbssocal.org/programs/simple-gift-series/full-episodes. Linda Weise (pictured), CSC founder and CEO, hosts the half-hour show.
It’s 6 a.m. on a Sunday. Do you know where your kids are?
If you’re a Rocky Mountain PBS household, they could quite possibly be glued to the new “Simple Gift Series.” The half-hour kids show, which debuted in September, is produced by the Colorado Springs Conservatory, which provides training in performing arts for ages 4-19.
“It’s especially fun for people in this region to get to see the local gems, like the building of the Switchbacks stadium or a local ranch,” says McKee. “We’re excited these kids, who are diverse in their race, ethnicity and abilities, are invited to the Penrose Room (at The Broadmoor) with Miss Linda.”
Episodes also are available online at pbssocal.org/programs/simple-gift-series/full-episodes. A second season of the series will air next year.
The TV show evolved as part of CSC’s pivot in March when the pandemic forced everything online. To accommodate 1,500 students, the conservatory expanded into virtual and livestreamed classes and created a gap year program — students postponing college due to the virus are able to take classes virtually at Oberlin College and Conservatory, Weise’s alma mater. A community portal also was created this year for kids and families from Head Start, a federal program for preschool children in low-income families, to access classes.
“We’re on TV, virtual, live- streaming, on-site,” says Weise. “Our last platform is a mobile unit that will go to extremities like Harrison School District or Ellicott, where we’d park and kids would sign up and come to class.”