As one of the Kennedy Center’s Social Impact initiatives, the Center will launch Arts Across America on July 27, a program to uplift artists and showcase art from communities and regions across the country in this extraordinary time of uncertainty.
Over twenty weeks, Arts Across America will feature free, digital performances from over 200 diverse, visionary artists who play leadership roles in their communities, exemplify unique regional artistic styles, and are using their medium as a tool for advocacy and social justice. Arts Across America is made possible and livestreamed by Facebook and will continue through December 11, 2020.
“Bringing the world closer together is at the core of Facebook and that’s exactly why we’re supporting the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America program to help people around the country connect virtually through their appreciation for the arts,” said Facebook’s Director of Public Affairs Robert Traynham. “We look forward to seeing the diverse artists share their talents through this innovative program.”
Arts Across America will be available on Facebook Live, YouTube, and the Kennedy Center website, five days a week at 4 p.m. EST. A rotating performance schedule will feature performers presented by the Kennedy Center and collaborator organizations Arts Midwest; Mid-America Arts Alliance; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; New England Foundation for the Arts; South Arts; Western States Arts Federation; jurisdictional arts agencies representing US territories; and Sankofa.org. An initial calendar for this celebration of all who contribute to the culture of the US is below:
- July 27: Minneapolis, Minnesota—Arts MidWest: TruArtSpeaks
- July 28: Virginia—Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and The Floyd Country Store: Earl White and Eddie Bond
- July 30: Miami, Florida—South Arts: Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Sammy Figueroa, and Celia & Paco Fonta
- July 31: Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona—West Arts: Brian Lopez
- August 3: Burlington, Vermont—New England Foundation for the Arts and The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts: Christal Brown
- August 4: Kansas City, Missouri—Mid-America Arts Alliance, The Bruce R. Watkins Center, and 1KC Radio: Glenn North
- August 6: The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts: Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights and the AY AY Cultural Dancers
- August 11: Maryland—Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation: Joe’s Movement Emporium
- August 13: Tennessee and Kentucky—South Arts: Amythyst Kiah and The Local Honeys
More information about Arts Across America can be found here.