What We're About
Arts and culture lie at the core of public media’s mission. Art before it’s famous, art in the making and art that deserves to be seen. The media duo, Rocky Mountain PBS and KUVO/KVJZ in Denver and Vail – is dedicated to keeping the arts alive in Colorado. Each week Arts District brings you stories of arts and culture from right here in Colorado and across the country. Watch us on Rocky Mountain PBS and listen to the latest arts and cultural news on KUVO public radio.
As Colorado’s first and only multi-media arts & culture web hub featuring television, radio and web-exclusive content, we showcase a variety of local artists as well as artists from coast to coast, thanks to a unique exchange with over thirty major market PBS stations. We pride ourselves on stories that are geographically diverse and artistically broad as possible.
Our multimedia partnerships allow us to produce fresh and localized radio reports and create original digital content for the web. Our growing catalogue of stories includes poets, performers, photographers, architects, metalworkers, sculptors and visual artists. We showcase artists making signature works of significance, all contributing to a diverse American experience.
Who We Are
Carrie Saldo is the host, reporter, writer and a producer of Arts District on Rocky Mountain PBS. The regional Emmy Award winning show is in its fourth season.
Her nearly 15 years of journalism experience includes television, newspaper, radio and magazine reporting. Prior to moving to Denver, CO, Carrie spent three seasons as the anchor, reporter, writer, and a producer of Connecting Point, a weeknight news magazine TV program on WGBY.
Her work has garnered awards from the Heartland Emmy Chapter, Colorado Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press and others.
Lisa D. Olken, Executive Producer
As the Executive Producer of Arts District, Olken oversees everything- from the stories that are chosen for each show- to the shooting, editing, promotion and partnerships that are part of the Arts District community engagement philosophy. Olken’s award-winning programs and documentaries focus on the arts, cultural heritage and the environment and she is dedicated to presenting the state’s ethnically diverse stories for local and national audiences. In addition to Arts District, Olken produced the film, ‘Urban Rez’, which was awarded the 2013 Heartland Regional Award for Best Cultural Documentary. Among her more than 55 prestigious honors are: the Ministry of Agriculture Prize at the International Ekotopfilm Festival in Bratislava, 27 Regional Emmy awards, 11 Colorado Broadcasters Association awards, 3 National CINE Golden Eagles, and 2 Western Heritage Wranglers, the highest award in Western genre.
Daniel Mercure, Series Editor
Creator of the Series Open for Rocky Mountain Legacy and Jazz In Five Points. A Denver native, Daniel Mercure has been an editor at Rocky Mountain PBS since 1981. He has been honored with numerous national and regional awards, including the prestigious Heartland Chapter Emmy for Editing on "America' s Mountain" in 1997. His credits have included the nationally distributed "A House for All Seasons", P.D.Q. Bach's "The Abduction of Figaro", "Klondike and Snow: A Tale of Twin Polar Bears", Spirit of Colorado, and Rocky Mountain Legacy.
Janine Trudell, Director of Photography/Editor
Janine Trudell is Director of Photography and Editor for Arts District. Her desire to tell creative stories, using video and still photography, contributes to the direction and production of segments on artists in the community. Her background is photojournalism having worked in numerous positions for several commercial broadcast outlets before coming to Rocky Mountain PBS. Her talents have won her many awards such as; CINE Golden Eagle awards, National Telly Awards, Heartland Emmy awards, Edward R. Murrow awards, National Press Photographers Association awards, to name a few. Trudell’s curious nature keeps her interested in all varieties of art from poetry to photography, musicals, painting, drawing, to textiles and sculpture. As a photographer and poet she believes strongly in supporting artists and their communities.
Paul Cywilko, Videographer/Editor
Paul Cywilko is a videographer and editor for Arts District, where he lends his creative eye in the production and post-production of the weekly magazine show. Prior to joining the Arts District crew, Cywilko had worked as a travel videographer and won National Telly Awards in the categories of Editing and Travel/Tourism Video. As a travel enthusiast, he is passionate about the diverse world of art and the necessity for those diversities to be showcased.