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Here are four arts and culture videos from public broadcasting partners around the nation.

Season 6 of “Art21” premieres Friday. The entire first episode, “Change,” which features artists Catherine Opie, El Anatsui and Ai Weiwei, is now available to watch online. “Art 21” is also inviting viewers to respond to “Change” by submitting questions for Opie and Anatsui. The artists will respond to select questions, which will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Watch Change on PBS. See more from ART:21.

PBS’ “OFF BOOK” explores the world of tattoo art and profiles three modern tattoo artists of vastly differing styles: Vinny Romanelli, Kiku and Stephanie Tamez:

Watch Off Book: Tattoos, The Permanent Art on PBS. See more from Off Book.

WHYY’s “Friday Arts” talks to Paul and Sandra Fierlinger, the award-winning animators of “My Dog Tulip”, explores the food at Drew Elementary School and profiles the Nicole Canuso Dance Company.

Watch Friday Arts for April 2011 on PBS. See more from Friday Arts.

When the Drum Is Beating
Premiering Thursday on Independent Lens: “When the Drum Is Beating” looks at the intertwined stories of Orchestre Septentrional, a 20-piece Haitian group founded in 1948 that fuses the Cuban big-band sound with vodou beats, and the history of Haiti itself. Here’s the trailer:

Watch Haiti’s Best Known Band Keeps Hope Alive on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

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