Arts & Culture

Toby Jones and Richard Armitage perform in Great Performances: Uncle Vanya. Johan Persson.
One of the things The WNET Group is proudest of is its commitment to the arts.

#PBSForTheArts, a joint multiplatform campaign from The WNET Group and PBS, celebrates the resiliency of the arts in America during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and reopening. The initiative included broadcasts such as Great Performances programs Romeo & Juliet, Uncle Vanya and The Arts Interrupted, as well as the three-part documentary Inside the Met.

“I do not think I have ever seen a more brilliant ensemble of actors. I was glued. Magnificence all around. Thank you for broadcasting this masterpiece.” – Lisa Hopp (@LisaHopp) on Great Performances: Uncle Vanya

Original short-form video content for the web was also produced. #PBSForTheArts tells the stories of resilience, including one about Omari Wiles and his company Les Ballet Afrik, who were able to complete their production of “New York Is Burning,” postponed due to the pandemic, after bubble residencies in the Hudson Valley.

On social media, conversation, “On This Day” and quote cards were produced to generate arts-related conversation among users. When asked the question “What’s your favorite Broadway musical” on Great Performances‘ Facebook account, more than 550 fans enthusiastically responded, a 450% above average response rate for the year.

The WNET Group is leading the charge nationally with #PBSForTheArts digital content creation, curating content from musicians, actors, dancers and artists that represent the range, diversity and scope of the performing arts.

Ballroom legend Omari Wiles produced “New York Is Burning,” to honor the seminal documentary about the New York drag ball scene “Paris is Burning.”