The Books Alive! For Kids Production Team after winning Best Youth Content at the 58th annual Ohio Valley Emmy Awards. From left are Alphonzo Wesson, Jonathan Knosp, Kathy Wade and Carissa Ray. Provided

COLUMBUS – Learning Through Art, Inc., under the leadership of Co-Founder and CEO Kathy Wade, is thrilled to share that they have won 2 Ohio Valley EMMY awards in the categories of Children/Youth/Teen (19 and under) – Long or Short Form Content for their Books Alive! For Kids Special A Black Anthology of Music: The Resilience of Jazz (BAM), as well as for Performer/Narrator/Program Host (across all categories) for cast member Rico Bruce Wade as the special performance episode’s book reader as well as a performer.

The production crew of Kathy Wade, Carissa Ray, Jonathan Knosp, Alphonzo Wesson, and Jeff Barklage were recognized for their win in the Youth content category with Emmy statues at the 58th annual Ohio Valley Emmy Awards ceremony which took place at The Renaissance Hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio on July 30. Rico Bruce Wade was not able to attend the ceremony in person, but his award was accepted by his niece, Karlyn Wade-Richardson, on his behalf.

Learning Through Art, Inc.’s Books Alive! For Kids programming was nominated and won the 2020 regional Emmy in the same Youth category for the “Virtual Adventures” episodes that were produced in that entrance year. 

This year’s awards ceremony not only marked two  more regional Emmy wins for Books Alive! For Kids productions, it also saw siblings Kathy Wade and Rico Bruce Wade celebrating wins together – by telephone.

Kathy Wade shares her reaction: “The first thing I did after they announced the second Emmy win for BA!FK was text my brother, who was in a stage performance in Michigan and couldn’t be with us in person at the awards. When he finally got the text and called me in the wee hours of the morning, he was shocked, honored and definitely missing being with us to celebrate. As I said in my acceptance speech, our mother – who passed away several years ago – was definitely having a party in heaven that night. She would be so proud of the work we are doing.”

LTA is planning to move from the current location of their small office and production space, located on the top floor of St. Aloysius in Bond Hill, in the coming months. Kathy Wade states that the move to a new space will allow them to continue to build community, create productions, and continue to “make magic” through the performing arts for the youth participants of their early-literacy programs. And she anticipates that the magic she wants to create can still all happen in 1500 square feet or less. “We are very good at doing lots with our resources, and we are so excited to see what adventures – and what new locations in our beautiful city of Cincinnati – the rest of this anniversary year brings our way.”

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences rewards outstanding efforts in television and digital content production in the region extending across 13 markets in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia. 

The Learning Through Art, Inc. production team, who were named the 2021 regional EMMY winners for best Long-Form Content for Youth earlier this August, will help us to capture the magic of A Black Anthology of Music: The Resilience of Jazz. 

“We continue to be deeply grateful to all of our sponsors and our dedicated production team, who have worked with such care and concern for each other’s safety under challenging circumstances to bring books alive through sight, sound and touch,” Wade said.”

Story Quilts, A Black Anthology of Music: The Resilience of Jazz was made possible through the generous support of The Ralph V. and Carol Ann Haile Foundation, 7 Principles Foundation, ArtsWave, Metro, The Cincinnati Herald, CET / PBS, and the Center for Community Resilience at George Washington University.

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