The WNET Group’s ability to operate in the arts and culture mecca of the United States allowed the organization to help bring the arts to audiences when COVID-19 shuttered performance spaces and institutions nationwide. Our public media organization broadcast and streamed its vast archive of arts and culture programs to millions of viewers.
Great Performances made 17 Broadway musicals and plays available to stream for everyone across the nation, including Free Shakespeare in the Park’s Much Ado About Nothing, starring Danielle Brooks, and Macbeth, starring Patrick Stewart. Not just entertaining, these streams were also educational as teachers used them as a supplemental resource for their virtual classroom lessons. Great Performances‘ long-standing relationship with Andrea Bocelli helped bring his April “Concert for Hope” from Milan to PBS, reaching more than 442K+ viewers.
Theater Close-Up renewed streaming for Richard Nelson’s the Apple Family plays, while American Masters provided an additional 20 films to stream. NYC-ARTS‘ Top Five Picks newsletter transformed into the Top Five Virtual Picks newsletter, highlighting the myriad of ways arts organizations large and small are sharing their works with the public.
ALL ARTS continued to strengthen its partnerships with arts organizations in the New York City area.