Arts & Culture

A scene from Bizet’s “Carmen,” as shown on Great Performances at the Met. Ken Howard/Met Opera
WNET is the place for arts and culture on television, where generations of artists and new art forms found their start, and legions of arts lovers are inspired to follow their passion.

Award-winning biography series American Masters has set the standard for documentary film profiles, accruing widespread critical acclaim. From writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, dramatists, and filmmakers, the series profiles those who have left an indelible impression on our cultural landscape.

One of the most durable and worthwhile jewels in public television’s crown. — TV Worth Watching

From new productions of timeless classics to innovative performances by emerging artists, Great Performances carries a legacy of bringing the best of the performing arts to a public television audience. And Great Performances at the Met delivers the dramatic, comedic and mesmerizing performances from the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of classical music fans nationwide.

Weekly series NYC-ARTS and documentary series Treasures of New York aim to increase awareness of New York City’s nonprofit cultural organizations and premier establishments. Nobody knows the movie territory scene of New York like Reel 13, which presents everything from big-budget productions to student-created films on Saturday nights.

In FY2019, WNET’s WLIW21 delivered a new arts offering to audiences on-air and online. ALL ARTS is a platform for art in all its forms, from the emerging to the established. It’s for artists, artists-at-heart and art lovers of all ages. Available on broadcast in the tri-state area and on digital platforms across the country, viewers can find inspiration, search for creativity and discover their new favorite artists.