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PBS NewsHour series ‘Beyond the CANVAS’ to premiere Sunday on Arkansas PBS

Posted 24 Jul 2020

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — “Beyond the CANVAS,” a four-part modern arts and culture series highlighting the best arts reporting from “PBS NewsHour’s” cross-platform arts initiative “CANVAS,” will premiere on Arkansas PBS Sunday, July 26, at 9:30 p.m.

Hosted by “PBS NewsHour” senior national correspondent and primary substitute anchor Amna Nawaz, the half-hour programs feature various profiles of cultural creators from the legendary artist Bruce Springsteen to the award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda. Each profile explores a variety of universal themes including finding one’s passion, making a change, creating a new world and getting that big break.

“We have curated some of the best arts and culture reporting from the ‘PBS NewsHour’ and created a new broadcast, for a new audience,” James Blue, executive-in-charge of “PBS NewsHour’s” special programming, said. “We are honored to debut this series during the pandemic period when live performances or other forms of public entertainment are currently not possible.

“These inspiring stories are essential reminders of the importance of art and culture in our lives.”

Episodes will include:

·        “Making Music,” Sunday, July 26, at 9:30 p.m. Making it as a musician takes talent, ambition, grit and a good bit of luck. In the first episode of “Beyond the CANVAS,” icons Bruce Springsteen and Reba McEntire talk about some of their most vulnerable moments.

·        “Finding Joy,” Sunday, Aug. 2, at 5:30 p.m. What does it take to be truly happy? The second episode examines the emotional motivation that pushes some artists to chase their dreams and leads others to decide when it’s time to give it up for something else. Joining the conversation is actress Adrienne Moore on the wisdom of her father’s words; Gloria and Emilio Estefan on their success in the music business and as a couple; and living legend Joan Baez on her decision to silence her voice.

·        “Taking the Stage,” Sunday, Aug. 9, at 5:30 p.m. Ultimate creative bravery is taking to the theater stage where the audience can see it all. It takes courage and acceptance of artistic vulnerability. In this episode, multitalented Lin-Manuel Miranda, acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston and others share their passion for the theater.

·        “Movie Magic,” Sunday, Aug. 16, at 5:30 p.m. On the Oscar Awards edition of “Beyond the CANVAS,” nominees and winners discuss their craft and commitment to storytelling. What does it take to execute a unique artistic vision? Creators behind films like “Black Panther” and “A Beautiful Mind” share secrets to their success, and viewers hear from comedy duo Steve Martin and Martin Short.

In addition to its broadcast, the program will stream at and; on “PBS NewsHour’s” Facebook, YouTube and Twitter; and on the PBS Video App.

The “CANVAS” series received support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Heising-Simons Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, The Gilchrist Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

“PBS NewsHour” is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned nonprofit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major corporate funding is provided by BNSF, Consumer Cellular, Fidelity, Johnson & Johnson, and Raymond James, with additional support from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Science Foundation, Skoll Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on “PBS NewsHour” is available at

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