Envision Featured on NBC Nightly News Reaching Millions

Envision Featured on NBC Nightly News Reaching Millions

By Beth Walker • Nov 29, 2023

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A small crew from NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt spent most of a Friday in August at Envision Dallas to capture a story about artist and sculptor Tomas Bustos and the impact of accessible art for people who are blind or visually impaired. Bustos recently held a public art exhibition at the Envision Arts Gallery and has been teaching sculpting class at Envision Dallas for over a year. Bustos specializes in bas-relief, cast bronze works that are tactile recreations of famous masterpieces like the Mona Lisa, Starry Night and American Gothic.  

The story aired on November 27th, 2023! The viewership reach of the NBC Nightly News is significant. It was ranked as a top-5 most-watched weekly program on TV for most weeks in 2022 (excluding sports, specials and syndication), averaging 6.772 million total viewers! 

Now, we have even more great news to share; the segment will be airing again in January of the new year on the Sunday TODAY segment with Willie Geist!
This extraordinary double exposure is a rare and unparalleled opportunity that further elevates awareness of our mission and cements our commitment to fostering a world of inclusion and empowerment for those with visual impairments. We hope you will continue to join us on this extraordinary journey as we celebrate these monumental achievements. Be sure to follow our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, X, and LinkedIn) to see additional highlights and links to the story when it airs.  

"The Envision Arts program has been championing accessibility in the arts for over 10 years, inspiring people of all ages with an opportunity to share their stories through creative self-expression," said Sarah Kephart, Envision Arts Manager. "Since opening the doors of the Envision Arts Gallery in January of 2022, our impact and reach has inspired a community of creative individuals with vision loss and other disabilities from all across the world to feel a sense of inclusion in a field that at its core is about the human connection. The recognition of the gallery and the exhibition Masterpiece Relief for the Blind by Envision Dallas art education teacher and sculptor, Tomas Bustos, by NBC and the Today Show, signifies our cultural and societal desires to engage and provide meaningful, inclusive, diverse and equitable access to the arts."
A group of camera crew filming people sculpting at Envision Dallas.