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The Arts, TED Talks

September 19, 2019

Saturday, September 14

I found these stories on the National Public Radio show called the TED Radio Hour very inspiring! TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Five artists stories were highlighted on how the Arts ‘evoke powerful feelings’. You’ll learn in these TED Talks that the art making is thought provoking, highly impactful and in some cases changing minds, communities, and the world. I’m sure you’ll enjoy at least one if not all of these stories.

About Titus Kaphar’s TED Talk

Western art contains countless paintings and sculptures that reveal a painful history of racism. We can’t erase that history, but artist Titus Kaphar has begun the long and hard work of amending it.

About Magda Sayeg’s TED Talk

From door handles to double-decker buses, Magda Sayeg “yarn bombs” inanimate objects by wrapping them in handmade knitting. She wants her bright, fuzzy artwork to make the world a little friendlier.

About eL Seed’s TED Talk

Using Arabic calligraphy, eL Seed paints messages of hope on the sides of buildings. He says the beauty of Arabic script — even if you can’t read it — can change negative perceptions of Arab culture.

About Benjamin Zander’s TED Talk

Years of conducting a world-famous orchestra have shown Benjamin Zander the power of classical music. He says music speaks to our emotions — and has the ability to reach everybody.

About Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas TED Talk

Artists Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas strive to change perceptions of “bad neighborhoods” by arming locals with paintbrushes and a vision: to turn their neighborhoods into open-air art galleries.

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