Los Angeles, CA: Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, celebrates diversity in the arts through both its programming and its advocacy platform Stand for The Arts, a national initiative to raise awareness, protect access and encourage action on behalf of the arts. For 2021’s Women’s History Month, the arts network recognizes women artists across all mediums through a curated on-demand programming lineup and public service announcements.
The Stand For The Arts PSAs shine a light on arts organizations that champion women and young girls as they pursue their artistic passions. Stand For The Arts (SFTA)’s core principle is to ensure access and equity in the arts; SFTA and Ovation honor this important month by celebrating leaders who create inclusive environments in which women and girls can thrive and foster their talents.
Throughout the month of March, the arts network is airing multiple PSAs highlighting such organizations, including Chicago’s 3Arts, which supports the work of deaf, disabled, BIPOC and female-identifying artists; its 3ER relief fund for artists needing help with groceries, rent and paying bills during the coronavirus pandemic. In Los Angeles, though in-person meetings have stopped, WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls, continues to reach young women with online programs and mentoring. Each PSA recognizes the importance of seeing, hearing, and experiencing the art of women artists, and directs viewers to the Stand For The Arts website for more information.
View our Stand For The Arts public service announcement here: https://ovationtv.com/sfta/advocacy/?video=xYkJz5Ir
The arts network also highlights women artists who have made a significant impact on the national and international stage, with documentary films and series exploring their careers and craft. One film, Beyoncé: Queen B, follows the singer’s journey, examining her time in Destiny’s Child, her solo career, her Grammy awards, and her movie roles. Dolly Parton: Queen of Country looks at the story behind the most honored female country performer of all time, tracking her 40-year career from childhood to the top of the charts.
“Ovation recognizes organizations that support women artists during an important moment in time – throughout the year and especially during Women’s History Month,” said Liz Janneman, EVP of Network Strategy, Ovation TV. “And with the National Women’s History Alliance extending the annual theme for 2021 to ‘Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced,’ we are pleased to be showcasing proud and powerful women like Beyoncé, Dolly Parton, and others in our programming.”
Full episodes of Inside the Actors Studio are also available, featuring the classic James Lipton interviews of Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry, as well as the latest Ovation-produced episodes with Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o, and Alfre Woodard.
Also available are sixteen episodes of Stars of the Silver Screen, a docuseries that celebrates the lives of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses, from Audrey Hepburn to Elizabeth Taylor.
All titles below will be available during the month of March, free to all, on the Ovation NOW app and at the Ovation TV Watch website: https://ovationtv.com/watch/celebrating-women-artists/. The Ovation NOW app is free to download and is available on Roku, Android, Apple TV and iOS devices.
Beyoncé: Queen B
Cher: Life in the Spotlight
Dolly Parton: Queen of Country
Leann Rimes: Her Story
Michelle Obama: Forward Motion
Miranda Lambert: For the Record
Nina Simone, The Legend
Whitney Houston: We Will Always Love You
Inside the Actors Studio: The legendary interview series that examines the craft and careers of hundreds of actors. Featuring Jennifer Lopez; Halle Berry; Laura Dern; Alfre Woodard; and Lupita Nyong’o.
Stars of the Silver Screen: This docuseries celebrates the lives of those who soared the highest. From Julie Andrews to Elizabeth Taylor, each episode uncovers what drove them and why the world loved them. Also featuring Ingrid Bergman; Doris Day; Judi Dench; Faye Dunaway; Ava Gardner; Rita Hayworth; Audrey Hepburn; Katharine Hepburn; Grace Kelly; Deborah Kerr; Janet Leigh; Sophia Loren; Shirley MacLaine; and Marilyn Monroe.
Art Breakers: Step inside the high-stakes world of art collecting with powerhouse dealers Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Brosseau as they deploy their vast knowledge to curate the most enviable collections for demanding patrons.
Since 1995, U.S. presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. (source: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/about/)