Beyond the Canvas

(Rochester, NY) – Beyond the Canvas, the four-part modern arts and culture series that highlights the best arts reporting from PBS NewsHour’s cross-platform arts initiative, premieres Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV. It airs every Friday through August 28. 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 your passion, making a change, creating a new world, and getting that big break. The following episode descriptions are for the debut season of “Beyond the CANVAS”

Making Music
Friday, August 7 at 8:30 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. We sit down with icons Bruce Springsteen and Reba McEntire and talk about some of their most vulnerable moments.

Finding Joy
Friday, August 14 at 8:30 p.m.
What does it take to be truly happy? For many artists taking the stage or singing their heart out is what brings them the ultimate joy. They couldn’t imagine doing anything else. In our second episode, we examine the emotional motivation that pushes some artists to chase their dream and leads others to decide when it’s time to give it up for something else. We hear from 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 we hear from living legend Joan Baez on her decision to silence her voice.

Taking the Stage
Friday, August 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Ultimate creative bravery is putting your work on the theater stage where the audience can see it all. It takes courage and acceptance of artistic vulnerability. In this episode, we speak to some of the theater’s brightest stars. Multi-talented Lin-Manuel Miranda, acclaimed actor Bryan Cranston and others share their passion for the theater.

Movie Magic
Friday, August 28 at 8:30 p.m.

On the Oscar Awards edition of Beyond the CANVAS, we sit down with nominees and winners to talk about 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 we hear from comedy duo Steve Martin and Martin Short.

Pictured: Host Amna Nawaz
 Courtesy of PBS NewsHour



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