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TEDxDetroit 2011: Inspiring Creativity, Positive Ideas

 In Art & Gallery News, Philanthropy

TEDxDetroit 2011, Park West GalleryWe are the X. The multipliers. The catalysts. The connectors. The amplifiers. We challenge the status quo. We come together to collaborate, to share fresh ideas and to find inspiration. We are optimistic about our future. We believe Detroit’s best days lie ahead. We are the people who are making it happen. We believe that is an idea worth spreading.

On Wednesday, Sept. 28, the Park West Gallery Marketing & Communications Team headed downtown to the Max M. Fisher Music Center (better known as Orchestra Hall). We weren’t exactly sure what the TEDxDetroit experience would entail, but we eagerly accepted the invitation – and we’re glad we did.

TED (or Technology, Entertainment and Design) was established in 1984 and is a global nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” To fulfill that mission, TED launched the TEDx program, which holds various events and conferences all over the world. The 3rd annual TEDxDetroit was an extension of the belief in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.

It’s hard to describe every detail of TEDxDetroit – after all, there were hundreds of people, dozens of speakers and tons of ideas presented – but all who were there could undoubtedly feel the energy as Orchestra Hall filled with inspiration, creativity and positivity. The various local creators, catalysts, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, designers, scientists, thinkers and doers all gathered to share what they’re most passionate about – positive ideas for the world from Detroit.

Park West Gallery is grateful to have participated in this year’s TEDxDetroit. We’re encouraged by everything we heard and saw that day, and as we look ahead to the future, we remain optimistic about the artistic rebirth of our city.

To learn more about TEDxDetroit, or to find a local event near you, visit www.ted.com/tedx.

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