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PBS For The Arts

#PBSForTheArts is a multiplatform campaign celebrating the resiliency of the arts in America during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and reopening. The campaign features a variety of programming across broadcast and digital platforms to showcase the devastating impact of the pandemic to the arts industry.

Off the Wall: Los Angeles

5m 53s

Public artist Ed Massey sees the landscape of Los Angeles as a canvas for his bright, vibrant designs. The nonprofit, Portraits of Hope, engages local communities through creative therapy programs and civic projects to beautify the city. Participants paint Massey's iconic canvases as seen all over LA, from its beaches to MacArthur Park.

Episodes

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    Off the Wall: Los Angeles

    S2021 E17 - 5m 53s

    Public artist Ed Massey sees the landscape of Los Angeles as a canvas for his bright, vibrant designs. The nonprofit, Portraits of Hope, engages local communities through creative therapy programs and civic projects to beautify the city. Participants paint Massey's iconic canvases as seen all over LA, from its beaches to MacArthur Park.

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    Off the Wall: Miami

    S2021 E16 - 4m 7s

    Public art has a long history on the streets of Miami. Chire "VantaBlack" Regans uses her art as a tool to advocate for social justice causes. The large-scale mural, "Say Their Names," memorializes the victims of gun violence in Miami and its impact on the community.

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    Off the Wall: Denver

    S2021 E15 - 5m 58s

    Artist Emanuel Martínez brought the muralist movement to Denver in the 1970s. Today, his and other large-scale works of street art by Chicano artists are among the country's most endangered historic places. The Chicano/a/x Murals of Colorado Project is a grassroots organization calling for the protection and preservation of this vital part of the state's history.

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    Off the Wall: Philadelphia

    S2021 E14 - 6m 3s

    A neon billboard in Philadelphia is lighting the way for Kensington neighborhood residents. Kensington Healing Verse is led by Philadelphia poet laureate Trapeta B. Mayson. The project raises the voices of community members through poetry and creates meaningful public art experiences throughout the city.

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    Immersive Art Inspiring Change

    S2021 E13 - 8m 11s

    New large-scale projects by DRIFT at The Shed, Camille Norment at Dia Chelsea, and Carrie Mae Weems at the Park Avenue Armory use multidisciplinary technologies to explore social issues through an immersive art experience. These installations invite visitors to lie on the ground, listen to strange new sounds, and walk among sculptures and video projections, challenging the way we enjoy art today.

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    A Brief History of the Countertenor

    S2021 E12 - 5m 56s

    Opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo takes us through a day in the life of a countertenor as he prepares for an evening performance at the Met. The Grammy-winning vocalist, starring in Philip Glass’s breathtaking “Akhnaten,” explains the history of high voice male singing and what it takes to shake up the opera house.

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    Dreaming Zenzile

    S2021 E11 - 7m 5s

    The musical Dreaming Zenzile celebrates the legendary South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba. Written by and starring international jazz vocalist Somi Kakoma, the show is set during Makeba's last performance as she reflects on her life. Somi explains why she created the show, which features some of Makeba's best-known songs, and talks about Makeba as an inspiration for her own career.

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    Indigenous Enterprise

    S2021 E10 - 7m 37s

    The intertribal dance troupe, Indigenous Enterprise, showcases traditional dance with dazzling regalia and a contemporary flair to audiences around the world. The group presents a range of powwow styles – from fancy dance to jingle dress dance – bringing in audiences and bridging cultures.

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    Classical Music's Next Generation

    S2021 E9 - 8m 57s

    A new generation of Black and Latinx musicians are paving their way in the classical music world with help from the Sphinx Organization. The Detroit-based non-profit fosters diversity in the arts by supporting emerging musicians early in their careers. Melissa White, Jannina Norpoth and Thomas Mesa share their experiences with Sphinx and how they're paying it forward to young musicians today.

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    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker Across America

    S2021 E8 - 7m 6s

    With angels, marzipans and the Sugar Plum Fairy, "George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker" is a ballet tradition for all generations. The holiday classic has been embraced by the dancers who grow up performing it, as well as audiences across America. The New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet share their excitement in putting on the vibrant production this season.

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    Detroit Healing Memorial

    S2021 E7 - 5m 23s

    In the summer of 2021, the residents of Detroit gathered to memorialize loved ones lost over the past year by crafting a wall of over 2,000 handmade pouches. Artist Sonya Clark introduced her Beaded Prayers Project, now on display at the TCF Center. The colorful, large-scale installation features a patchwork of fabric and beads each with its own dedication.

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    Broadway is Back

    S2021 E6 - 7m 22s

    The curtain goes up on Broadway and the roar of the audience returns to New York theaters. After a year of waiting in the wings, everyone who works on the Broadway stage and behind the scenes is excited and grateful for the comeback of live theater. Artists from "Beetlejuice," "Wicked," "Come From Away" and "Aladdin" share about what Broadway's reopening means to them.

Extras + Features

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    Preview

    30s

    #PBSForTheArts is a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the resiliency of the arts in America during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and reopening, and features new performing arts content filmed within the constraints of the pandemic.

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    Extended Preview

    1m

    #PBSForTheArts is a multiplatform campaign that celebrates the resiliency of the arts in America during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and reopening, and features new performing arts content filmed within the constraints of the pandemic.

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