Photos from PreXFenway at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Mar. 31, 2014

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Fenway Alliance co-hosted PreXFenway, a first of its kind event to determine the final two speaker placements for TEDxFenway.  The event was held Monday March 31, 2014 at the Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall, and featured finalists vying for two speaking roles at TEDxFenway: GRIT on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Landmark Center.

“TED and TEDx events have long been associated with iconic mavericks spreading ideas that have or may soon change the world. What better place than the Isabella Stewart Museum, the home of one of last century’s most daring women whose ideas embodied in the Museum are still changing how we view art and artists from around the world,” enthused Kelly Brilliant, Exec. Director of The Fenway Alliance.

The unique live audition featured finalists chosen from an open call for submissions. Each presented an eight-minute talk on the role of grit in shaping their life philosophy, leading to a novel idea, and in the spirit of TED, one that is worth spreading. A panel of judges including Lesley Pitts, executive manager and president of The Mary Baker Eddy Library; Boston Globe Writer, Chris Muther; and community advocate Carmen Pola selected two winners of PreXFenway to move on to speak at the official TEDxFenway: GRIT.  The winners were Bob Sansone and Run Bimma!

Photo credit: Kimberly Hatch Photography