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About The Arts was created in 1995, by Massachusetts residents, James E. Brown and Yssa R. Santos to provide local and area artists with much needed visibility and exposure, bring arts to the forefront and provide viewers with innovative and original arts programming. 

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About The Arts Gallery - Guadulesa Exhbit

A very special thanks to Artist/Photographer Eugene Bussey, Jr. and Artist Sarah Hutt for providing us with the tools, support and encouragement to set us on our journey.  

About The Arts, was televised in Boston, Cambridge, Brockton and Springfield, Massachusetts.  The half hour weekly cable television program  featured emerging and established visual, performing, literary and media  artists.


With over a 150 programs televised just a few of our productions included:  Host Yvette Battle Leapheart's interview with the late Elma Lewis.    A tour of the Fitchburg Art Museum; performance by Brother Blue, members of Ibbetson Stress Press, inside the working studio of Photojournalist Lou Jones, a live performance by Boston Children's Theatre, The Strand Teen Players (live at the Strand Theatre) ,interview with members of the Boston Photo Collaborative,  studio performance by Adrienne Hawkins, fashion and design with Randall Scott, The Cambridge Chinese Choral Society,  Sequential Art: The Next Step 2 an Exhibition of Works by Contemporary African American Comic Book Artists.


About the Arts received funding from The City of Boston and The LEF Foundation, producing and televising the first Boston Open Studio Series.  This series documented the works of 34 individual artists and seven weekend art events and was televised to an audience of 350,000 combined Boston and Cambridge viewers.   


Remembrances: The Poetry of Langston Hughes written and performed by artist and vocalist Diane Richardson was a finalist in the Massachusetts Community Television Contest.   


Three Television Art Workshops were produced and aired.  These workshops provided demonstration and instruction on matting and framing, dance and sculpting techniques.  1999 brought a yearlong focus  on community and audience outreach, establishing new contacts and collaborations.


In 2000, About the Arts hosted an Art-A-Fair.  This one-day event, free and open to the public included a group art exhibit, refreshments, live music, children's art activities and a "clothesline art exhibit" for the youngest artists who attended.  The event was held at the historic Dillaway-Thomas House in Roxbury, MA. and featured local artists and Ashanti Munir and her band.  


Writers and poets were invited to submit their poetry for publication on the website. We proudly introduced "Video Shorts", an opportunity for video and filmmakers to gain exposure with art related 5-10 minute videos.

Our new programs included a profile on artist Guadulesa a one woman show combining music, poetry and performance art, Fiesta Flamenca a look into the history and background of Flamenco with live performance footage at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and local singer/songwriter Pamela Ruby Russell who allowed us to take a rather intimate look at the artist and the person.  


In 2003- About the Arts issued an open call for artists to submit their work for possible inclusion in a series to be titled "Beyond the Canvas".  | Read it here |This documentary was to feature artists from the northeast, rural south and the Midwest. Each artists' work was a deeply genuine and heartfelt expression and powerful commentary on social issues.  This multimedia project along with these four artists included paintings, poetry, fiber art all drawing upon life beyond the canvas, that addressed homelessness, the effects of AIDS, children and psychotropic drugs, The Great Depression, breast cancer and racism.  


2004 - About The Arts - The Studio was opened in July of 2004 in a small studio located South of Boston. Our first exhibit was a retrospective of original works by the artist Guadulesa.



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About Us

Yssa R. Santos

Co-Founder - Co-Producer


As a life long resident of Massachusetts Yssa , brought her extensive experience and knowledge in business administration, marketing and office management to About the Arts.


About the Arts gave Yssa the unique opportunity to utilize her keen business aptitude, within a challenging and creative environment.


Yssa, along with assisting in production, consulting on editing, is responsible for the creation, ongoing development and upkeep of www.aboutthearts.com.  The content rich website provides vital resources and a unique forum for both local and global art communities.


The website has is integrated with Tumblr, Face Book and LinkedIn keeping content fresh, up to date, inviting submissions of artwork, poetry and ongoing arts events worldwide.  


Click here to email Yssa with any inquiries.



James E. Brown


We thank James for his many years of dedication, as producer, director, production editor and Co-Founder of About The Arts.  His unique style of production exceeded all expectations of how diverse, educational and exciting the arts can be.



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