Her perception in traveling throughout the country, she said, “is what binds us together is so much more apparent than what separates us.” “PBS American Portrait,” is the network's most ambitious multi-platform project yet and aims to foster a nationwide discussion about America and its people, said programming chief Perry Simon. It will encompass a variety of working parts, starting with video, photo and other content from the public and including a web miniseries, local and national art exhibits and a documentary series airing in January 2021.
Participants are being asked to share their stories, filling in the blanks for such “conversation starters” as “I was raised to believe” and “What keeps me up at night,” PBS said in announcing the project.
Americans can submit content on PBS’ website, with community and local leaders called on to encourage people in their circle to share their stories. The digital miniseries will launch in spring 2020, available to PBS Digital Studios' subscribers on platforms including YouTube and Facebook Watch.