WCTE announces ‘Arts Over ACEs’

Pictured from left to right: Shane Langford, dance instructor, Noel Stojkov, editor/senior producer, Brent Clark, director of content and digital media

COOKEVILLE WCTE is honored to be the recipient of a grant through the Bonnaroo Works Fund to produce a documentary with Noel Stojkov serving as the senior producer/editor.

“The documentary serves to educate and inform the public on how the arts can combat high ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) scores,” said Brent Clark, executive producer and director of content & digital media. “Experiences attributed through scoring points on the ACEs quiz do not just have the potential to immediately affect youth but can affect an individual years after a traumatic experience(s). In fact, statistical data shows that one experiencing a high ACEs score has increased risk of experiencing mental health issues. The documentary interviews academic experts and professionals who work at arts organizations who discuss how the arts can benefit individuals.”

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) are stressful and traumatic events in the life of a child. Such events include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect, and divorced parents, for example. WCTE explores in its half-hour documentary how one can combat high ACEs scores through using resiliencies in the arts to help cope and overcome one’s trauma. 

Air dates for “Arts Over Aces” are Sunday, Sept. 15 at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Brent Clark at bclark@wcte.org.

WCTE has served the Upper Cumberland for more than 40 years as the regions premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, making it a strategic partner with education, health services, government, arts, and music. WCTE is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council and is one of only 350 PBS stations nationwide.     

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