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Teri Orr

Executive Director/alchemist/curator, Park City Performing Arts Foundation

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Are there other presenters of the arts who find TED a complete inspiration?

Each year I am inspired by the E of the TED equation. This year we are presentling Quixotic, Anna Deavre Smith, Sarah Watkins, Ethyl, Paula Poundstone and Todd Rundgren (among others)...

I am constantly amazed by the talent TED finds first. We have also presented Nellie McKay, Jill Sobule and Julie Sweeney, John Doe. I like to think I would have discovered all of these talents on my own, but many were introduced to me through TED... How 'bout you ?

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  • Sep 26 2012: I find TED inspiring; it is a meeting place of people who are not afraid to be who they are. The talks are enriching; but the online conversations are equally enriching.
    They are glimpses of the personalities of the contributors; and one is able to see things from different perspective. As an artiste this connection with huamnity is valuable.
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    Oct 8 2012: I listened today to this TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/thomas_p_campbell_weaving_narratives_in_museum_galleries.html

    No new artist is presented, but Campbell offers a beautiful perspective on curation/presentation itself.
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    Oct 7 2012: The knots are always what make the string interesting. Give it texture. I have always loved the anology of the tapestry...beautiful art on the front and a bunch of knotted, tangled strings on the back that look like a mess.

    If we had someone allow us to see how the messy side created the beauty we would have a powerful TED talk I suspect. Kinda like Brene Brown set to music, or dance...Or a reveal ,really, of say Anna Deavre Smith, or Jason Marz. Or not only the stunning performance last year of Quixotic but the choregrapher who created that magic.

    A girl can dream....
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    Oct 7 2012: Wow. That could be a great unravel....then the next layer of people could talk about who inspired them and then.....
    • Oct 7 2012: There is also a generation of artists that performed in the 60's and 70's that have changed the world with their work. For example, someone like Bob Dylan might have some pretty interesting things to say to young artists about how to communicate an intended message in a manner that made people want to stop and listen. With Dylan, you get to speak to a person that has written, performed, collaborated, listened, motivated, inspired, and survived the insanity.

      I do not know the man, but I have to believe that at some point in his life he would like to transfer some of that knowledge to future artists directly. Perhaps a TED talk where he was given a few questions that might be good 'soup starters" and then just relayed lessons about how to inspire and thrive as an artist for 50 years.

      Call me selfish, but I would have to leave a guitar on stage just in case....

      Relative to unraveling though, it might be a long string with a few knots...
  • Oct 7 2012: Might be neat to hear talks given by the people that inspired the artists...
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    Oct 1 2012: TEDTalks have become a ritual in our company. We actively search out ones that interest us, in varying fields, and then share them with the other members. Then the community discussions online became an extension of that.

    I'm in the arts and have been inspired by the artists chosen for the talks. I have not 'discovered' an artist yet via TEDTalks that I had not already experienced. But what really intrigues me is what the artists chose to speak of about their art and process. The constraint of 20 minutes (or 3 in Derek Silvers' case) is wonderfully revealing.

    I am also inspired by those that use the arts to express complex materials - like John Bohannon & Balck Label Movement in the Dance Your PhD TEDxBrussels.
  • Sep 30 2012: I am new to the TED community, but was first introduced to it by a college professor. I find TED to be a complete inspiration, because there is so much to be shared with the world! As a college student, my generation (and others) fails to see the power that we have right in front of us; to reach a magnitude of people at a vast rate with ease. Instead, most are sidetracked with posting photos of their "social life" and ranting about random topics, without doing anything about what they preach. TED empowers people to think from a new, innovative perspective and opens the door to new possibilities. Those who do not appreciate or value online communities that offer such knowledge are ignorant and amongst the black hole which is inevitably, our youth. To put it plainly, the world needs more artists... :)