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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.



September 6, 2016

Back at it

Over the last three weeks teachers and students have been returning to schools throughout Maine and during this week I believe that all school doors will be open welcoming students to the 2016-17 school year.

I am certain that your emotions, as teachers, vary about returning to school. Sometimes the opening day speech from your school administrator is inspiring, sometimes it is the smile and hello from a student that you are really glad to see but I know this is not true for every teacher.

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 7.59.13 AMAt THIS LINK you can see/listen to 15 TED Talks from educators. I hope that you will find at least one of them inspirational. A couple of them I’ve posted individually before here on the Maine Arts Education blog but many of them are new to me. I was moved by their stories and hope that you are as well.

Teaching is a noble profession and I believe the most important career in the world! I hope that your work this year will open students to possibilities and encourage them see the potential that they have to making our world a better place! Your guidance as a teacher can spark students to believe in their dreams and go after them. Encourage them to ask questions, follow their curiosity to reach and create. And, as for you, please remember that your teaching is touching the future. Your students deserve you at your best!

Now that Labor Day is behind us, I just want to say THANK YOU for the important work you will be doing each and every day in your classrooms and schools! As a veteran art teacher sent me in an email: “Make the usual unusual and the familiar unfamiliar.” Make it a great year for your students and yourself!


Eepy Bird and TED

January 11, 2013

Technology, Entertainment, Design – Maine’s

I know that many of the Maine readers are familiar with TED talks but periodically I meet someone who is not familiar with TED so before I launch in to what this one is I just want to say a few words about TED. I think of TED talks as a fabulous resource for me personally, as a teaching tool, and a way to connect with others. I learn something every time I watch a TED talk.

The mission of TED is that they “believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.” TED started in 1984 to bring people from the 3 worlds together; technology, entertainment, and design. They have branched out to include a variety of other topics. People are challenged to give the “talk of their life” in 18 minutes or less. There are over 1400 TED talks available online and more are added each week.

In addition TEDx was created and follows the TED mission, “ideas worth spreading” and supports communities, organizations, and individuals to bring about conversations and change by sharing ideas at the local level.

Logo from the TEDxDirigo site

Logo from the TEDxDirigo site

Since 2010 in Maine we have had TEDxDirigo whose goal is to “be a catalyst for positive change in the state and world, where new ideas are supported for the greater good of all.” I have attended three TEDxDirigo events where I have picked up ideas, been encouraged to think, and met interesting people. On top of that I had a GREAT time!

I have posted about Eepy Bird in the past when they performed in Portland on an early summer evening. Fritz Grobe and Steven Voltz use over 100 bottles of soda and over 600 Mentos candies in their live performances. Eepy Bird has has also presented a TEDxDirigo talk that is very interesting. You can enjoy it as well by clicking here.

Several teachers have emailed to tell me that they use the TED talks that I posted and others in their classrooms. Do you have a favorite TED talk that you’ve used as an instructional tool? If so, please share which one but posting a comment below.


TED Talk: Shawn Achor

April 16, 2012

The Secret of Happiness

Pyschologist Shawn Achor presents his ideas on how happiness inspires productivity. Using your brain at positive will impact your life positively. You don’t want to miss this 12 minute video. It is fast paced and confronts so many topics from a very practical level. Don’t miss it!

Thank you to Assessment Teacher Leader and Deer Isle Stonington Elementary School art teacher, Shannon Campell sent me this link and in her words:

“If we raise our standards we will also raise our results.  I think this is so true and important to remember in all of this forward movement of education.  This TED Talk pushes those ideas and is just funny and great!”

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