“It’s thrilling to create original content for a channel called ALL ARTS,” Taylor Mac said in a statement. “That’s like getting asked to make work for my idea of utopia.” Taylor Mac
ALL ARTS celebrated its first broadcast anniversary by announcing its first Artist-in-Residence: performance artist, playwright and MacArthur fellow Taylor Mac, who will create original video content for ALL ARTS’ broadcast and digital platforms throughout 2020.

“For me, [ALL ARTS] is like an answer to a lifetime of undared-for prayers. Quite simply, it heals.” – Karen J., Bayville, NY

Returning for a second season, the popular Broadway Sandwich gave viewers an inside look at how actors from Hadestown, The Cher Show, Waitress and other Broadway productions spend their time between matinee and evening performances. The series was viewed an impressive 700K+ times online and on broadcast. ALL ARTS brought new digital series Famous Cast WordsOn Display and Box Burners to the forefront while discovering the meanings behind music’s biggest hits with Songwriters Under the Covers with Victoria Shaw. International arts flair came with the Never in New York Festival. And for the first time in the 35-year history of The Bessies – New York City’s premier dance awards – the ceremony was broadcast on television.

A partnership with the WNET climate change initiative Peril and Promise resulted in Climate Artists, a series that explored the environment and its complexities through an artist’s vision. Twice, singer Rufus Wainwright was featured on the channel: first in a community event paying tribute the 9/11 Memorial Glade dedication, and then in a livestreamed Facebook concert of his upcoming album Unfollow the Rules: The Paramour Session. The concert was later broadcast and streamed on the ALL ARTS app.

In the last quarter of the year, as Americans were working, learning and living at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ALL ARTS saw its audience engagement increase dramatically, with video streaming up nearly 400% on, and social engagement up 98%. To top it off, the ALL ARTS app was downloaded more than 80,000 times!

ALL ARTS created new partnerships with more than 20 organizations in FY2020, including Museum Hue, En Garde Arts, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Merce Cunningham Trust, Chinatown Art Brigade, Center for Jewish History, Southampton Arts Center, and the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

“So @AllArtsTV wants to know, ‘Why do the arts matter to you?’ The arts are my way of seeing the world, of navigating all the beauty, and the turmoil. The arts are my religion, my lover, my best friend, my family. The arts, especially music, are my everything.” – Bryan V., via Twitter

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“Night of 100 Solos: The Centennial Event,” staged at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, is one of the “Outstanding Productions” at the 35th Annual Bessie Awards. Stephanie Berger