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TEDx event to focus on the Fenway arts and culture

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 10, 2013 10:32 AM

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A new TEDx event is coming to Boston, and this one is dedicated to the arts and culture of the Fenway neighborhood.

TEDxFenway, organized by Fenway Alliance, Northeastern University, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Commonwealth Financial Group, will focus on “The Ecology of a Great City” and explore the cultural and technological forces, and leaders that change and contribute to the neighborhood and the city as a whole.

TEDx events are independently organized events licensed by TED, the non-profit known for its annual conferences and videos featuring leading thinkers speaking for 18 minutes.

TEDxFenway is set for Wednesday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northeastern University’s Fenway Center.

"I think to be moved to action, we must first be transfixed and then transformed by a good idea. TED talks are about the power of ideas,” Kelly Brilliant, executive director of the Fenway Alliance and a TEDx organizer, said in a statement. “Situated in the heart of the Fenway Cultural District, overflowing with culture and creativity, TEDxFenway is likely to be a transforming experience, and one we hope inspires actions that enhance communities in Boston and beyond."

The daylong event will kickoff with a performance by the Boston Arts Academy Dancers and feature 10 speakers from various local cultural, academic and community organization, including New England Conservatory, Mission Hill Senior Legacy Project, and Christian Science Monitor.

"Boston's Fenway district not only represents the rich cultural and arts history of our famous museums, it is also brimming with innovators and entrepreneurs in education, business, and the arts," Dr. Xavier Costa, dean of Northeastern University's College of Arts, Media and Design, said in a statement. "TEDx Fenway is an opportunity for these institutions to share ideas and develop new strategies for collaboration and engagement with our great city."

Studio2Sustain will also host a sculpture bar where attendees can build a mini-sculpture that represents their thoughts on the Fenway Cultural District. Audio Concepts will also provide the technology for attendees to create digital drawings. A reception hosted by the Boston Symphony Orchestra will follow at Symphony Hall.

The full list of speakers taking part in TEDxFenway 2013 is as follows:

Linda Nathan, Founder, Boston Arts Academy
Tamara Roy, Senior Associate Principal, and B.K. Boley, Principal, ADD Inc
Deborah Gilburg, Principal, World Café
Richard L. O'Bryant, Director, The John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University
Susan Israel, Founder, Energy Necklace Project and Kathryn Duff, Founder, Studio2Sustain
A Far Cry, Conductor-less Chamber Orchestra
Tony Woodcock, President, New England Conservatory
George Thrush, Director, School of Architecture, Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design
Carmen Pola, Community Organizer and Founder, Mission Hill Senior Legacy Project
John Yemma, Editor-in-Chief, Christian Science Monitor

E-mail Kaiser at Johanna.yourtown@gmail.com. For more news about your city, town, neighborhood, or campus, visit boston.com’s Your Town homepage.

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