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both on-air and online, start here. Arts and cultural programming on WXXI TV and Radio as well as online discussion and special events hosted by WXXI are featured below. Read more

Featured Programming

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, Muse Machine.
Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 4:30pm
The life, career, and legacy of this award-winning musician. The Malcolm Frager Collection, an extensive documentation of his career, resides at Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music.
Monday, January 23, 2017 - 9:00pm
SIGHT: The Story of Vision tells stories of individuals who struggle with vision loss and blindness including, an Iraqi war veteran’s vision loss due to a traumatic brain injury and a woman who is losing both her sight and hearing yet, refuses to stop achieving her dreams.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 8:00pm
Meet the scientist whose groundbreaking writings revolutionized our relationship to the natural world.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 9:00pm
Tells the inspirational stories of people who have disabilities or impairments but who focus on their abilities.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 10:00pm
Autism: Disability or Gift?
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, a local program uses art to help people battling mental illness.
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 10:00pm
Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn (b. April 14, 1932) has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Don't miss this warm-hearted documentary about acceptance and diversity.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 7:00pm
This captivating film brings Kevin Kling’s tales from the stage to the screen.
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:00pm
Visit Strathcarron, a Scottish hospice center where patients face pain, uncertainty and the possibility of life’s end with song and humor.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 1:00pm
Julia Figueras welcomes Eastman School of Music professor Larry Zalkind and the Eastman Trombone Choir.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 8:00pm
In the provocative three-part series professor Amanda Vickery examines the lengthy struggle for women's rights in Britain.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 9:00pm
In the late 19th century, as America’s teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient form of transportation.
Monday, February 6, 2017 - 10:00pm
Over 100 years after the release of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, which depicted the KKK as heroes and African Americans in the most racist caricatures imaginable, the battle to assert African Americans’ rightful place in both civil society and popular culture continues.
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 9:00pm
A rhythm and blues icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years, Robinson is considered the poet laureate of soul.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 9:00pm
Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, this film provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny.
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:00pm
Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater.
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
Working at a time when women were expected to stay at home and raise children, Mary Lou Williams forged her own path and created some of the most sophisticated big band hits.
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
“Jackie Robinson is the most important figure in our nation’s most important game.” - Ken Burns.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
Join WXXI at RoCo to experience the Joy of Painting your very own "Happy Little Trees". 
Thursday, August 10, 2017 (All day)
Join us on board the Rocky Mountaineer as we travel from Vancouver to Calgary!

Arts and Culture

At 14 Andre was invited into a world of privilege and knowledge - but what was left behind?
On-Demand
Craft in America: SERVICE episode Documenting craft and the military and the power of the handmade to inspire and heal. Featuring papermaker Pam DeLuco, saddler Eugene Burks Jr., and ceramic artists Ehren Tool, Judas Recendez and Peter Voulkos. (Aired Nov. 2014) Watch On-Demand:
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States. Watch On-Demand (In English & Spanish)

Recently Aired

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10:00pm
Join a young Arapaho journalist and a teenage powwow princess as they travel with a Shoshone elder to reclaim their tribe’s lost artifacts.
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 9:00pm
Building the Dream recounts the origins of a bold idea for an MLK Memorial which originated at a small, informal gathering of King’s Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity brothers in 1983.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Grab a snack and settle in for a fabulous night with the season 4 finale of Sherlock and the premiere of Masterpiece's new miniseries Victoria.
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 11:00pm
Music superstar Annie Lennox performs some of the most memorable melodies and lyrics from the American Songbook.
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 8:30pm
This week on Arts InFocus, a local photographer who is committed to social justice.
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