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GREAT PERFORMANCES: The Arts Interrupted

Vanessa Williams
Courtesy of Rod Spicer
Vanessa Williams

Stream or tune in Friday, May 14, 2021 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m. on on KPBS 2

How have the arts been managing during the COVID-19 pandemic? Arts organizations across America share their survival stories, along with examples of innovative performances, from COVID-19 inspired theater to site-specific operas.

Learn how the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have impacted America’s emerging artists in this new documentary hosted by GRAMMY, Emmy and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams.

Featuring interviews with:

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This 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. The collection of programs will be available for streaming on and the PBS Video app. Curated conversation and digital shorts will be available on PBS social media platforms using #PBSForTheArts.

Theatre seats
THIRTEEN Productions LLC
Theatre seats

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The episode will be available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video App, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

Episodes are available for viewing on demand for a limited time after each broadcast. Extend your viewing window with KPBS Passport, video streaming for members supporting KPBS at $60 or more yearly, using your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Chromecast. Learn how to activate your benefit now.

Join The Conversation:

GREAT PERFORMANCES is on Facebook. Follow @GPerfPBS on Twitter. #GreatPerformancesPBS #PBSForTheArts


Produced and directed by Akisa Omulepu, A production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC. GREAT PERFORMANCES is a production of The WNET Group. Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.