The PBS Arts Summer Festival expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television, with a multi-part weekly series and new original online content that takes viewers across the country and around the world.
Award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing”) will serve as weekly host for the Summer Festival, which begins Friday, June 29, 2012.
Mariachi High - June 29th
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World - July 6th
Tales from a Ghetto Klown - July 13th
Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony - July 20th
Havana, Havana! - July 27th
The Barnes Collection - August 3rd
Great Performances: Tanglewood - August 10th
CHICAGO SUN TIMES
"Viva Zapata Texas!"
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Celebratory and inspirational ... a thrill"
HOUSTON CULTURE MAP
"Restoring Hope in America's Teenagers"
"High School Mariachi Inspires Documentary"
"Gifted musicians ... gifted students"
SALT LAKE CITY DESERET NEWS
"A gem of a documentary ... truly gripping"
This is an important documentary which helps to foster pride in people of (and around) the Mexican American community which far too often receives a barrage of constant negative imagery. - Xavier Rodriguez
So very glad to see a strong male role model making a positive difference in the lives of these students! Ask students to aim higher, and they will rise to the level of expectations. -Alex Troiano
I applaud Texas for recognizing that Texas has a Hispanic culture and it better to nurture this spirit rather than to try to bury it and pretend it doesn't belong here. -Tony Denton
A very important reminder of our roots and heritage. It warms my heart and makes me feel proud to be a Mexican American. A true testament to hard work and practice not to mention integrity and character! Vive La Raza! - Rouland Cardenas
Wow! Such amazing young musicians and a great teacher. I never realized how much I would fall in love with Mariachi. -Kristina Sing
Wonderful program! Inspiring example of the power of the arts in education! - Christine Connerly