State of the Arts is honored to receive four 2022 New York Emmy nominations! The winners will be announced in October.


Episode: Conductor Xian Zhang, Choreographer Carolyn Dorfman, & Artist Grace Lynne Haynes


A profile of choreographer Carolyn Dorfman and her first socially distanced work. New Jersey Symphony’s music director Xian Zhang, and her choice to make music in new ways during the pandemic. Plus, painter Grace Lynne Haynes—although still in graduate school, she had a breakout year with two New Yorker covers featuring her vivid paintings addressing stereotypes surrounding black femininity.


Episode: Angela Davis, Ethan Stiefel, Ara Dinkjian


The image of Angela Davis was a lightning rod for both the left and the right in the early 1970s. An exhibit at the Zimmerli Art Museum explores her visual and political legacy through rare archival material and the work of artists from then and now. State of the Arts profiles American Repertory Ballet’s new artistic director Ethan Stiefel, one of the most celebrated dancers and choreographers in the world. And Fort Lee’s Ara Dinkjian, one of the world’s most sought-after players of the oud, has a band of Armenian, Macedonian and Turkish musicians with a mission of pursuing peace through music.


Segment: Rose Marie McCoy: It’s Gonna Work Out Fine


The irrepressible songwriter Rose Marie McCoy (1922-2015) was born in a tin-roof shack on a farm in the heart of the Arkansas Blues Delta. In high school, she was voted most popular and queen of the football team. She earned a scholarship to a nearby college, but Rose had other plans – she wanted to be a singer. She arrived in New York City at age 19 and began landing gigs, but it would be songwriting that landed her on the music charts. Based for over 60 years in Teaneck, New Jersey, Rose Marie McCoy wrote over 800 songs, recorded by luminaries such as Sarah Vaughn, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Ike & Tina Turner. Produced by Susan Wallner.


Segment: Family Legend: She Made the First Asian American Film, Then History Forgot Her


For 100 years, the plot of the first Asian American film was indecipherable. With missing reels and no intertitles, The Curse of Quon Gwon went largely ignored. Until now. “Family Legend” follows the filmmaker’s descendants and their allies as they solve a mystery 100 years in the making. Produced by Sam Vladimirsky.