The investment will support an expansion of the initiative, with the aim of boosting public access to and engagement with high-quality art as well as highlighting the work of recognized and rising artists through a dedicated website, a relaunched Twitter feed, and a new Facebook presence. The new social media channels also will enable the NewsHour to experiment with augmented reality and other innovative and interactive methods of sharing arts and cultural content.
"Art has the power to transform people and communities, to connect us through shared experiences, and to challenge us to view the world differently. The creation of transformative art isn't confined to just large metropolitan areas — it's happening everywhere, often unseen and with its stories untold," said Knight Foundation vice president for arts Victoria Rogers. "This initiative raises the visibility of artists working across the U.S., north to south and east to west, in cities large and small. Through its iconic national programming and expanded digital presence, PBS NewsHour's CANVAS elevates art as national news, bringing arts directly to millions of people on their screens big and small."