Expressing GRIT through Creativity

With the abundance of art and culture that exists in the Fenway Cultural District, we wanted to share this creative energy with our guests at TEDxFenway: GRIT!

Here are some of our featured performers and artists who will be at this year's event:

Director of SHIFTBoston, Kim Poliquin
Architectural Installation, Hydra

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Massmouth
Storytelling workshop

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massmouth ,inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting the timeless art of storytelling through education, digital/social media, and live performance. massmouth has been organizing storytelling events all over town revitalizing the storytelling scene in the Greater Boston area. They offer workshops and curriculum-based programs in area high schools called StoriesLive®.

At TedxFenway, massmouth will hold a brief storytelling workshop with the theme of "Grit." After this engaging, interactive workshop, all guests will have a change to turn to each other and share their stories.

Loft Sessions Music
TEDxFenway Video Piece

Loft Sessions Music’s mission is to provide a foundation for yet-unrecognized talent; to act as a catalyst for creative artists. “The Loft Sessions” is an evolving video showcase of the world’s emerging musicians. Founded in 2013 by Writer-Producer & Arranger, Evan Chapman, while a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Loft Sessions Music has worked with over 200 instrumentalists, singers, arrangers, writers, video editors and sound and lighting engineers. The company has produced music events and provided creative services and mentorship to help to “incubate” select individuals at the start of their careers. The Loft Sessions has produced and distributed 13 videos featuring exclusive artist collaborations.

Revolution of Hope

Revolution of Hope launched its inaugural season in the winter of 2013. It is the visionary project of violinist and innovative educator, David France, founder and Executive Director. Revolution of Hope’s pioneer project The Roxbury Youth Orchestra transforms the lives of inner-city youth giving them confidence, endurance, and resilience through a joy-filled, intensive, conservatory level music program. Mr. France is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music’s prestigious Sistema Fellows Program that trains socially minded musicians to become leaders to bring “Music for Social Change” programs to the United States. Before moving to Boston, he encouraged over 300 kids in Bermuda to study violin at the Bermuda School of Music and through programs at low income schools. He has taught all over the world including Scotland, Poland, Bermuda, and Costa Rica. In 2012 he went to Venezuela to teach in the world-renowned program affectionately known as El Sistema founded by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu. The orchestra in just one year has performed in Cambridge at the Venture Café, Boston University, and Bridge Boston Charter School. The program has been featured On “The Sounds of Business” podcast, The Future Boston Alliance blog, Boston.com, and a special segment of the NBC Nightly News with Chelsea Clinton reporting. Revolution of Hope has a vision to use ensemble music taught at the highest levels possible as a means to change the futures of inner city youth.

ZUMIX
A Cappella Ensemble

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The Zumix Acapella ensemble is a small, diverse, and versatile group of youth vocalists who perform R&B, Indie Rock, Folk, and Jazz songs. They have performed at a variety of events, including Mayor Marty Walsh's inauguration.

Western Den

Formed in February 2013, and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who together, blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a sound all their own. The duo released their debut EP, ‘Battle Hymns’, in May 2013 and premiered themselves to the public, opening for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour, in the summer of the same year. The Western Den is currently based in Boston, performing and working on their full-length album.

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Theatre Espresso
Amanda Collins will perform a monologue adapted from an Abolitionist speech delivered by Wendell Phillips in 1854. The monologue is from Theatre Espresso's play The Trial of Anthony Burns. Theatre Espresso is in residence at Wheelock Family Theatre; WFT was founded to bring Wheelock College's mission of improving the lives of children and families to life.