At a time when funding for music and the arts is at risk across the board, and especially in our schools, PBS and its member stations are committed to keeping the arts alive - now and for generations to come. PBS’ primetime arts programming ensures that the worlds of music, theater, dance and visual art remain open and accessible to all Americans, including many who may not have the opportunity to experience them in any other way. Additionally, PBS has made a major commitment to posting unique and engaging arts content online and to helping teachers and students explore the arts, for free, through its proprietary LearningMedia service.
PBS believes that the arts nourish the spirit and strengthen the intellect, and that they connect us with our inner selves as well as to each other. We believe that the arts elevate us not only individually, but collectively as a nation, and that engagement with the arts has a direct and measurable impact on the vitality of our schools, our economy, and our communities.
Because the arts do not compete with other social goals but complement and strengthen them, and because they are essential to the development of vibrant and healthy communities, PBS believes that they should be available to all Americans to experience and enjoy. We are focused on bringing the world’s cultural riches into the homes and hearts of Americans wherever they live, on removing the economic, geographic, and educational barriers that have put the arts out of reach of some, and thereby enabling all to enjoy— and to be transformed by— the arts.
No other organization can do this as effectively as PBS.
Our recent initiatives in the arts have included:
- Expanded primetime broadcast programming highlighted by the acclaimed PBS Arts Fall Festivals, which feature dazzling performances and beautifully produced specials from the finest venues and presenters in the country. Also featured are regularly scheduled presentations from series such as Great Performances and In Performance at the White House, American Masters, and Live from Lincoln Center.
- Continued focus on film as an art form year-round through series such as P.O.V. and Independent Lens, and each spring via PBS’ highly successful Online Film Festival.
- Deploying new and fascinating arts content on the country’s most popular social media sites, including YouTube, through award-winning series such as Idea Channel.
- Working to bolster the teaching of arts through the use of digital learning objects available via PBS LearningMedia.