Manager's Memo

Building and Engaging Audiences through the Arts

Tom Axtell, General Manager

Vegas PBS’ performing and visual arts programs have such large audiences that we should be considered Nevada’s Largest Stage. It is a remarkably inclusive audience that includes traditional arts fans; local musicians, dancers and technicians; seniors who have limited mobility; and children who are enjoying new art forms for the first time. Your membership gifts make the arts available to everyone in our community and build audiences for the live performance experiences that help drive our economy.

This month, we are offering exquisite artistic experiences with insights into the greatest film and TV performers of our time. On Great Performances, Fridays at 9 p.m., take a front row seat in the virtual theater featuring “Broadway’s Best” with 42nd Street (November 1), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I (November 8), Red (November 15), Much Ado About Nothing (November 22) . On November 26 at 11 p.m. on Rothko: American Masters, explore the life of the celebrated artist whose luminous color field paintings helped define the abstract art movement. Variety Studio: Actors on Actors, airing Sunday,November 17 at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, November 22 at 11:30 p.m., reviews the biggest film and television moments of the past year through candid conversations between today’s top box office actors.

The arts are also an important tool in our early childhood education efforts.The children’s series Pinkalicious & Peterrific is designed to encourage preschool-aged children to explore the arts and develop their creativity.The PBS KIDS website and mobile apps for this and other children’s programs extensively incorporate the arts to stimulate reading, STEM and other topics. Additionally, our Ready To Learn events offered music themed workshops that over 150 people attended last month alone.

Vegas PBS also engages with adult learners wishing to extend programming experiences. Our history, travel and nature programs offer a window to the world, taking viewers on amazing journeys to remarkable places. On Sunday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., we will explore the art and architecture of the Great Estates Scotland. This four part series takes an in-depth look at some of Scotland’s most magnificent country estates. We are excited to announce the opportunity to join other Vegas PBS members on a trip to Scotland. The seven-day, six night Best of Scotland Land Tour will visit Edinburgh, the Scottish Highlands and Glasgow. The trip departs October 4, 2020, and returns October 10.To learn more, visit

Also in November, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we are airing a special four-part history series, Native America, which uses new archeological evidence to rewrite the history of the Americas before and after contact with Europe. The series airs on Wednesday and Thursday, November 27 and 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This Thanksgiving, we say thank you to you – our generous supporters who make these experiences and discoveries possible with your generous donations to Vegas PBS. Enjoy the programming you make possible this month and have a very happy Thanksgiving.

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